ok, then: Guelaguetza or Monte Alban?
i mean the real thing: which has better oaxacan?
re: Bria Silbert
Agree completely. I have been to Monte Alban more because it's in my neighborhood but Ggtza has better food. I am going to have to give the Olympic Blvd. branch a try as the parking on 8th St. is generally an "endless circling" looking like a parking vulture for someone leaving their spot. The Palms location has food that is okay, but not as good as 8th Street. I still need to make it to Juquila just east of Monte Alban, also on Santa Monica Blvd. and finally there is El Sazon Oaxaqueno at 12131 Washington Place in Mar Vista.
I've never eaten at Monte Alban, but I am a HUGE fan of Guelaguetza. The branch on Olympic has the largest menu because they have the most space. And, what could be more LA: a Oaxacan restaurant in an old Chinese restaurant space. The one on eight is definately the funkiest, with all the windows open, you feel like you're eating in a restaurant in Mexica. But, at the Olympic and Normandie branch, they have music on a lot of nights. Also, there are so many more things to try.