The first time I ever heard of Tortilla Soup, I was in Guadalajara in 1992. I thought it was a joke, so I ordered it as a novelty. What I got was a rich, beautiful soup with big chunks of chicken, avocado and dried chiles, generously supported with toasted tortilla strips. It was absolutely delicious. The Belair Hotel in Los Angeles is justifiably famous for its Tortilla Soup, but it’s something I rarely see on a menu.
It seemed appropriate to have Tortilla Soup on my recent trip to Guadalajara, 21 years after I had it for the first time… It was still great.
I was at Guisados’ Echo Park restaurant just last week, but when my friend Tom and I came across the original location during a walk across Cesar Chavez Boulevard, I couldn’t resist another visit.
This time I went for a shrimp taco and a fish taco. The shrimp was served with a beautifully rich seafood stock sauce and slivered green and red peppers and onions. The fish taco came with the traditional sliced cabbage and salsa, and featured a generously large piece of perfectly grilled fish. Both were served on Guisados perfectly soft hand-made tortillas.
The staff couldn’t have been more pleasant and friendly, and we even met the owner, Armando, who showed us some of the backroom secrets that make Guisadsos such a high quality favorite spot.
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It was a hard choice, but I think I ordered the right thing. Rich, spicy broth over beautifully fresh shrimp. They were cooked in their shells, which gave them a deeper flavor, and there was no problem removing them.