Escuela Taqueria, the latest labor of love by Los Angeles Restaurateur Steven Arroyo, will open tomorrow, June 17 for dinner with breakfast and lunch to follow in the coming weeks. This tiny jewel box of a restaurant with only twenty-five seats will serve a small, ever-changing menu of about a dozen tacos influenced by the markets and local ranchers.
Guests can expect to enjoy tacos with fillings ranging from duck and pork to birria and some traditionally low-end cuts like tongue and cheek, all served with inspired accompaniments like pickled cactus and onions, habanero cole slaw, and pumpkin seed gremolata. Two tacos are served per order and range from $6 to $8.
Side dishes to complement the tacos will include calabacita (summer squash) and elotes (Mexican-style corn on the cob), and customary rice and beans. Churros, and Palletas (popsicles) and Raspadas (Mexican shaved ice) made with fresh fruit juices, herbs, and spices, will provide a sweet ending.
Mexican breakfasts will vary between Migas, Chilaquiles, or Pozole and will be served Monday through Friday until noon, and Saturday and Sunday until 3pm.
Escuela will not serve beer, wine, or liquor. Guests, instead, will have their choice of Agua Frescas made fresh daily and a selection of imported soft drinks.
“I call my taqueria Escuela, which translates to school, because everything that I’ve learned about life has been poured into this restaurant” shares Arroyo.
Arroyo’s upbringing was centered around food-focused celebrations with a special love affair with tacos. His grandmother owned a small taqueria in East L.A. and Escuela Taqueria is a result of the passion for “really great food” shared by the generations in his family.
In addition to the great pride Arroyo takes in the food served at his restaurants, he also meticulously designs each space to create a playful, provocative, and inviting setting for a memorable meal. At Escuela Taqueria this style is punctuated by a ceiling full of old chairs jauntily hanging overhead to provoke memories of times gone by. This charming setting provides an intimate and nostalgic stage for traditional tile work and whimsical details.
Steven Arroyo’s restaurant accomplishments include such notable eateries as Cobras & Matadors (which soon celebrates its 10th Anniversary) and Potato Chips on Beverly Boulevard. Arroyo is also the co-founder of Malo in Silver Lake (which was sold in 2008), and sole-founder of Church & State (sold in 2010).
Escuela Taqueria pledges honest pricing, warm and inviting service, and affectionately prepared meals, or in the words of Arroyo, “love for sale”.
Located at 308 North Stanley Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036, just steps from Beverly Boulevard, Escuela Taqueria will be open for dinner from 6pm to 11pm. The restaurant may be reached at (323) 939-TACO or (323) 939-8226.