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Robert Lauriston Sep 26, 2006 06:50 PM

Anybody seen one anyplace closer to SF/Berkeley than Petaluma?

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  1. RWCFoodie RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 04:38 AM

    Check out El Oaxaqueno, 330 E. William St., San Jose 95112, 408-294-9388. Their business card reads:
    "Queso Oaxaca, Quesillo, Mole Rojo y Negro, Chapulines, Tortillas (Tlayudas), Chocolate, Chorizo Cesina Tasajo, Mezcal de Gusanito, Pan de Yema..."

    1. DiveFan RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 09:32 PM

      I'm not sure, but El Jarro in Lafayette might have some (don't have their menu with me).
      Wow, did you strike out on Oaxacan places in Oakland?

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        susancinsf RE: DiveFan Sep 28, 2006 05:58 AM

        what Oaxacan places in Oakland!? If you know of any restaurants in Oakland that primarily serve Oaxacan, please, please share!

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          DiveFan RE: susancinsf Sep 28, 2006 06:57 AM

          Actually, that was a rhetorical question. I was enlightened in another post that International Ave. was unlikely to host any Oaxacan restaurants! Statistically, that blows me away (living in Northern Mexico, er, Los Angeles county).
          C'mon 'hounds, we All want Oaxacan and we want it Now :-).

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            Maya RE: DiveFan Sep 28, 2006 04:54 PM

            I completely agree- why is it that the Bay Area is so lacking in Oaxacan food? It's some of the best cuisine in Mexico (ok, anywhere!) and it just amazes me that Mexican restaurants just serve the same microwaved enchiladas and refritos everywhere here. Sigh... gotta go to Watsonville for some real cocina oaxaquena...

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        Yumgiants RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 27, 2006 09:34 PM

        Primavera has had them on the menu Sat. mornings at the Ferry Plaza farmers market

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          susancinsf RE: Yumgiants Sep 29, 2006 08:27 PM

          I think (?) that might be an only sometimes thing. The Primavera menu varies from week to week...

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          nja RE: Robert Lauriston Sep 28, 2006 08:36 PM

          For something close but not quite the same, you can get excellent huaraches from a little stand at the Alemany Farmer's Market. They are about 8"x5", pliant with a crispy exterior, filled with beans, and topped with salsa, cilantro, and queso. I think you can even get some chorizo on top.

          That's the closest I've come to tlayudas in San Francisco since Mom is Cooking closed.

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            susancinsf RE: nja Oct 2, 2006 01:31 AM

            we were there Saturday, and you can get the huaraches with chicken, carne asada, and I think also mole (I didn't see it on the stand menu, but that appeared to be what the guys at the next little table over were eating).

            The place was packed, and there was a significant wait to get our order (at about noon). We tried one with carne asada, but personally I thought it was only ok: exterior wasn't crunchy, carne asada wasn't that great. However, the queso was good, and the salsa they have there is really nice: very spicy and flavorful.

            They didn't have chilaquiles Saturday. Sigh.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Oct 2, 2006 01:37 AM

            This isn't closer than Petaluma to you, but here's a mention of Capistrano Cafe in Princeton Harbor offering a Oaxacan specialties from time to time. Might merit investigation.

            1. Robert Lauriston RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 31, 2007 01:42 PM

              These people's memelas (available at South Bay farmers markets) look pretty similar to tlayudas:


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                Melanie Wong RE: Robert Lauriston Jan 31, 2007 03:08 PM

                Memelas = sopes

                The last photo on the page, down at the bottom, is named clayuda.

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                  Robert Lauriston RE: Melanie Wong Jan 31, 2007 05:50 PM

                  Guess they have them, then!

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