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Jun 26, 2007 02:18 PM

What Oaxacan restaurants have I missed?

It seems there are several in West LA -- Tlapazola Grill, Monte Alban, Guelaguetza, and there must be more. I know there is another one on Santa Monica Blvd. but haven't tried it. Any suggestions? I live in the LBC but don't need to concentrate on any single area. Any help is appreciated!

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  1. Antonio's on Melrose has great food and has Oaxacan dishes.

    1. The truck on Lincoln and Rose/SW corner has terrific Oaxacan and the best Torta Milanese I've ever had.

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      1. re: Ciao Bob

        I second this rec, excellent clayudas and memelas too.

      2. i think the one on SMB is called juquila or something like that.

          1. re: Ciao Bob

            I'm not such a fan of Juquila's, though I only went once. I also recall reading somewhere that Pili's Tacos is run by Oaxacans but have no idea if that's true or if they serve any dishes from the region.

            1. re: a_and_w

              I went once for lunch and enjoyed the Moles very much. Seem to recal not enjoying the antijitos (clayudas) as much as Monte Alban

              1. re: Ciao Bob

                Been to both a couple of times within a few days of each other. We found the mole's at Monta Alban, deeper and more complex. I particularly liked the red at Monta Alban.

                But both places I didn't care for the texture of the chicken. Substituting pork was much better. But that may be a personal preference since generally I'm not a big fan of stewed chicken.

          2. have you tried el texate in santa monica? on pico at 4th. it's been years since i ate there last, but i remember enjoying it more than some of the other oaxacan restaurants i've been to.

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            1. re: will_forfood

              I also loved El Texate years ago, and for a while I was worried that it was gone forever because I had a few poor meals there. The good news is that I was there twice last month, after the crafts show and after the jewelry show at the SM Civic, and both times the food was delicious. And the chicken soup, which is my ultimate fave, was wonderful. Sadly the fruit drinks are not as smooth and wonderful as they used to be, but everything else was good.