Guelaguetza opening on Venice?
There's a decent enough Oaxacan place on Venice Blvd near Centinela called El Meson Del Taco. Driving past it today I noticed that there were banners outside the restaurant that appeared to say Guelagetza Authentic Oaxacan or something like that. I drove past too quickly to really notice what it said, and it still had the El Meson signage up so I'm not sure what to think.
While I like El Meson well enough, I LOVE Guelaguetza and would be thrilled if it is opening so close where I live. Any ideas?
Hey Boo, thank you for the update... I thought El Meson was pretty good (but didn't have the cajones try the crickets), but the competition is pretty tough around that general neighborhood. I know there's more than one Guelaguetza with the resto on Palms by Sepulveda being the Westside's rep... Are they all owned by the same folks or are they independent of each other? Whatever the case, I'm scratching my noggin wondering who this new one is affiliated with...
Actually, El Mizon del Taco has been operated by Suledaz Lopez for around 3 years or so. Now whether that name is actually a misspelled version of Soledad Lopez, who owns the Palms location, I don't know. But I have a hunch that he bought the place when the Trader Joes and Longs Drugs went into the back of his center, and he only had about 3 or so years left on his lease. This could become a relocation for the Palms site - just a hunch, mind you, but...
Any way, across from CVS center.
Mr Boo and I ate here last night. The food was very good, but not in the same league as the Palms branch. Both the red and black moles lacked the depth and complexity that we are used to, and seemed somewhat watered down. The chile-marinated grilled chicken is superb. I've never ordered it before but had a hankering for it as my neighbors were bbqing all day and the scent of grilled chicken was driving me slightly insane.
The menu appears to be the same. I noticed that both eastside locations along with one in Lynwood and another in Huntington Park were listed on it, with no mention of the Palms branch. Same with the website. This leads me to believe that all of the Guelaguetzas share ownership with the exception of that one.
I'll give them another chance in a few weeks.