As an addendum to my previous post about JC & Family (formerly El Guaton), I've tried a number of other items, and I'm beginning to think that some of the food has improved since changing hands. I've tried a number of the stews with rice and I've enjoyed every one of them. The rice and beans are fantastic. The beans have a nice smoky edge to them, and you'll find an occasional piece of chile that give a spoonful of beans a little heat. I've tried the beef and chicken stews, and while they're not anything to rush over for, they exude a real homey quality, like something your grandmother made for you. I've also had the lomito completo sandwich, and it's every bit as good as it was with El Guaton.
Before the demise of El Guaton, I noticed some things that were somewhat troubling, along with a few lousy sandwiches. I think they did their baking (bread and empanadas) in quantities that were too large, so that if you didn't eat them fresh, they stored or froze them and reheated to serve. JC doesn't seem to have a lot of stuff in their case, but I think you're more likely to have something fresh as they seem to do their baking in small batches.
I've also noticed that while most of the people eating at El Guaton would eat sandwiches or the completo hot dogs, I notice that most of the people eating at the new JC are having the stews. A sign perhaps? It could also be that it could be the best deal in the hood at $5.50.