Ok, which Guelaguetza?
So, I have to impress some friends from Texas, and I'm now utterly confused on which location to take them to. I was inclined towards 8th Street, but have never been to any of them.
Help me out, Oh Sage Hounds!
P.S. I reviewed restaurants in Oaxaca for Condé Nast, so this place better be good. I've had the best (which is mostly in the mercados!)
I haven't been to the one on 8th street but the one on National has a charming atmosphere and is lively and reliable. I also like Monte Alban on Santa Monica Blvd, just east of Bundy.
There are three branches. One is in Palms, in West LA and two are in Koreatown, one on 8th and one on Olympic, just west of Normandie. I've never been to the Palms branch, which is I think under different ownership.
The 8th and Olympic have the same menu except that the Olympic branch has a liquor license. The 8th street is the original and some say the food is better, but I don't think there is much difference between those two. The Olympic branch is much larger, has ample parking (no small matter in the neighborhood) and live music on weekends.
Guelaguetza is good, but personally, I'm a fan of the smaller Antequera de Oaxaca on Melrose and Wilton. It doesn't have the ambience or as large a menu, but great botano plates and other Oaxacan treats.
Don't go to either... go to Monte Alban (Santa Monica/Brockton in West LA) instead. The food and service are both better.