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Feb 6, 2001 05:50 PM

Molé Sauce

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Can someone recommend a restaurant in SF or the Peninsula serving a good molé sauce?

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    Melanie Wong

    I love the various types of molés served at Cafe Marimba on chestnut in SF. A friend has recommended the molé with roasted vegetables at Casa Aguila in SF but I haven't checked it out personally yet.

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    1. re: Melanie Wong
      Barry Kaufman

      Ditto to Melanie ---Cafe Marimba --- I'll be there this Friday night to celebrate the 21st birthday of best friend's son ---- stop by to say hello

    2. Hi all,

      First off, I have to give many many thanks for the great suggestions I've found on this board. I just found Chowhounds a couple of weeks ago and I've already gleaned so much from your collective knowledge.

      Now it's my time to give back:

      Tio Felipe's Taqueria
      620 E Evelyn Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94086
      (408) 732-1905

      I'm not sure if Sunnyvale is still considered the Peninsula, but if you happen to be down that way, this is a small hole-in-the-wall place in a strip mall, and the mole sauce here is as close to perfection as I've tasted. It's dark, rich and slightly smokey, served over succulent white chicken with tortillas on the side. Even my trips to the Yucatan haven't yielded a sauce as perfect. (imho)

      I'd love to find good mole somewhere closer to SF, so I look forward to the suggestions you receive.

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      1. re: Vickie T.

        I went there to discover that it has changed name and management -got the mole anyway, but it was jost OK. I should have asked what happened to the old place!

        1. re: Brad Kaplan

          Great sadness! Thanks for the info and I guess I should have checked it out prior to posting.

      2. Have you tried Maya here in SF? Fabulous ritzy-authentic mexican with a very nice mole sauce!!

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        1. re: Phoebe

          Maya does have a very good molé (and lots of other really good stuff), although it's a little lighter and fruitier than I prefer. But Maya is well worth a visit in any case.

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          Brandon Nelson


          This may be ranging a little far North for you, but it's worth the post. Las Camelias 925 Lincoln in San Rafael. I'm not going to go into huge detail, because it's been 2 years since I've been there. Every time Tanya and I plan to go something goes awry. I remember the sangria was good too.

          I got spoiled on homemade mole. When a dear friend of mine got married in 1999 mole was the entree at the rehersal dinner. There is nothing like big events with mexican families. Heaven. I was introduced to mole years ago at an old girlfriends family event. I was the lone gringo at her little sisters Quinciera. Chowhound heaven! It was one of those experiences that we as chowhounds search for. Handmade tortillas fresh off the fire, rich savory carnitas, dark complex sinister looking mole. That sauce had a complexity that I may never experience again.


          1. Maya on 2nd St. here in SF - Fabulous authentic Mexican in a wonderful atmosphere.... Plus great Mole and really great cheviche!!