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bigdfromlb Jun 26, 2007 02:18 PM

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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    Food Good Jun 26, 2007 02:23 PM

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

    1. Ciao Bob Jun 26, 2007 02:55 PM

      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
        hrhboo Jun 26, 2007 03:00 PM

        I second this rec, excellent clayudas and memelas too.

      2. wilafur Jun 26, 2007 03:41 PM

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

        1. Ciao Bob Jun 26, 2007 03:42 PM

          Juquila has very good food as well.

          http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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            a_and_w Jun 27, 2007 10:13 AM

            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.

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              Ciao Bob Jun 27, 2007 10:19 AM

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

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                Jase Jun 27, 2007 12:49 PM

                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.

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            will_forfood Jun 26, 2007 03:48 PM

            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
              NeNePie Jun 26, 2007 06:00 PM

              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.

            2. sku Jun 26, 2007 06:57 PM

              Antequera de Oaxaca, SW corner of Melrose and Wilton. Great botanos, moles, etc.

              1. Das Ubergeek Jun 27, 2007 08:51 AM

                El Fortin in Fullerton. Stay away from El Fortin #2 in Stanton.

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                  The Chewy Kid Jun 27, 2007 11:44 AM

                  I found a cool little place on Venice in Culver City - across from the bowling alley about 3 blocks E of the 405. N ot sure what it'scalled. Something tacqueria. Awesome food and full of dishes I had never heard of (as not found at standard mexican places). It's right across from the post office.

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                  1. re: The Chewy Kid
                    hrhboo Jun 27, 2007 04:16 PM

                    I think you mean a few lights west of the 405, as the bowling alley and post office are at Grandview.

                    There are two on that block, Valle De Oaxaca on Grandview and El Meson De Taco on Venice. I prefer El Meson.

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