La Carta de Oaxaca
- Allison Aug 2, 2005 12:43 AM
I have heard raves on this place. Can anyone recommend the dishes that are not to be missed here? If I'm going to trek over to Ballard from the Eastside I want to be sure to order the right items.
I really love most all the food there and agree with recommendations below. A couple of my favorites are the lamb birria, the entomatada with salsa verde (this is a slice of grilled beef with an enchilada--sounds pedestrian, but it's not) and the tacos al pastor. I also really like the chips and the posole. Their salsas are excellent.
Here's a link to a blog with some pictures of the food. Hope you enjoy it!
I have to agree that the Posole is excellent. I'd recommend taking it to go and having it the next day for lunch. Like most Posole, it's much better the second day.
Perhaps the posole is better the next day, but I found it to not be anything special, a fairly routine posole. Similarly some of the dishes, such as the fish tacos (halibut, I believe), seemed like they may have only been made a big deal over because they were being served there.
That said, I did find the mole negro to be quite delicious and fairly unique.
You must get the tortillas chips with guacamole to start...the chips are SO good, and the guacamole is fresh and just the right texture - substantive but not overly chunky, with a clean, fresh avocado flavor.
I like the aguas frescas to drink - there's a different flavor day to day. The tamarind is particularly yummy.
I've had the entomatadas (someone else mentioned this, very yummy) and dug it, but especially loved the chicken tamale en mole I had the second time I was there. The corn masa is sweet and fresh, and the mole is killer...Really, unless you don't like mole, have someone at your table get something with mole.
Prices here are reasonable and portions are satisfying but not the normal Mexican food gut bomb - they avoid the side of rice and beans that makes you need a nap.
The albondigas (meatball) soup is very good, as is the lamb birria. I've been to Oaxaca many times, and must say that La Carta de Oaxaca's posole is nothing to write home about, in my view. In Oaxaca, they serve three styles: white, green, and red, and depending on the type with generous toppings of fresh shredded cabbage, avocado, white onion, fried pork rinds, and lime. I miss having the real thing a lot.