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Secretary of State Antony Blinken Checks Out the Tasty Tacos at Guisados

Plus, Shaka Shack closes in Santa Monica, and Barbara Burrell celebrates 30 years of Sky’s Tacos

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Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, likely in town for the Summit of the Americas that has been taking place all week in Downtown Los Angeles, visited Boyle Heights to try the tasty tacos at Guisados earlier this week. He met with members of the community and brought along a serious security detail, one that would be expected from one of the federal government’s top officials. A prominent Twitter account based in Boyle Heights reported that it was President Joe Biden visiting Guisados, but Eater has confirmed with the restaurant that it was Blinken. Owner Armando De La Torre Jr. tells Eater, “It was good, very humbling he would choose to visit us.” According to De La Torre Jr., Blinken ordered pescado and camaron tacos.

Screenshot of the State Department and Guisados with Secretary of State Antony Blinken checking into the Boyle Heights restaurant.
Screenshot of the State Department and Guisados with Secretary of State Antony Blinken checking into the Boyle Heights restaurant.

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