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ISO Good Oaxacan besides Guelaguetza and Monte Alban

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Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 07:18 PM

I've recently started exploring Oaxacan cuisine and I'm wondering where I should go in addition to Guelaguetza and Monte Alban?

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  1. dynamike RE: Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 07:51 PM

    The OC Weekly's Gustavo Arellano believes that Guelaguetza is "...nowhere near as good as El Fortin" in Fullerton.

    After reading this, it's been on my to-do list; you might want to give it a shot yourself.

    http://www.ocweekly.com/food/feature-...
    http://www.restaurantelfortin.com/

    1. sku RE: Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 08:54 PM

      Check out Antequera de Oaxaca at Melrose and Wilton. It's a little, family-run place that I prefer to Guelaguetza. They have all the moles, cecina, etc. that you can get at Guela all of which are great, but the real prize are the botana plates, appetizers including memelas, cheese, chicharron, chorizo, guac, etc. They also have some interesting beverages. I had a squash, pumpkin seed drink once, and they do a good hot chocolate, no liquor license though.

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        carter RE: Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 08:57 PM

        Juquila is also on Santa Monica Blvd. about 3 blocks east of Monte Alban, and Tlapazola Grill on Gateway at Pico, though fancier than the others, are two more options west of the 405. El Saxon Oaxaqueno is another board favorite, yet I do not know its exact location, yet also fairly close by.

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          FoodZealot RE: carter Jun 27, 2006 06:30 AM

          El Sazon Oaxaqueno is at 12131 Washington Place in Mar Vista, 310-391-4721.

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            lil mikey RE: carter Jun 27, 2006 04:12 PM

            I also like Juquila. I particularly like the mole negro (black). The mole coloradito (red) is also good, but I prefer the negro.

          2. estnyboer RE: Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 09:55 PM

            Juquila is wonderful for breakfast lunch or dinner. Tlapazola Grill is overpriced and underflavored, which is a shame because the food is fresh and sounds really interesting when you read the menu.

            I went to El Fortin in Fullerton over the w/end and was very impressed. We had the botana ($38 for 4 people... at LEAST 4 people!). It's nothin' fancy but the tasajo had a deep smoky flavor and the tamales de pollo con mole negro were really tasty. No alcohol for sale.

            1. Dommy RE: Foodie Universe Jun 26, 2006 10:59 PM

              The epic east side Taco Truck La Oaxaquena on Lincoln and Rose near Santa Monica! :) I love their Mamelas much better than Guelaguetza. But Guelagetza wins with their Horchata... YUM!! :)

              --Dommy!

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                silence9 RE: Foodie Universe Jun 27, 2006 04:18 PM

                Hi there.. Do you know of El Texate in Santa Monica? It's at 316 Pico blvd., just a couple doors up (east) from Vidiots. All I remember having is the traditional mole chicken and the goat stew, but this was a while back. The dark mole itself was fine, but since it was basically just slathered atop the chicken (breast), it had not sufficiently inculcated it's presence into the dry breast meat. The goat stew (or soup) was OK, but bone-strewn. I think it is worth a shot (and Foodie Universe review), due to its proximity to Vidiots and the nearby beach, to round out your itinerary of grub locales...

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                  PayOrPlay RE: Foodie Universe Jun 28, 2006 08:10 PM

                  Has anyone recently tried Valle de Oaxaca, on Grandview south of Venice? It got a few mixed reviews a couple of years back but I don't think it's been mentioned lately. It looks sort of barren from the outside but I find myself at/near that corner all the time now, and would be tempted to try it if anyone has some good words to say.

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