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Aug 30, 2007 04:07 PM

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?

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  1. Update: The signage is up. El Meson Del Taco is now Guelaguetza.

    5 Replies
    1. re: hrhboo

      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...

      1. re: bulavinaka

        I have no idea who owns it. The website mentions the two eastside locations but neither of the westside ones.

        I liked El Meson too, but their cash only policy was inconvenient. Nothing seems to survive long in that location, I hope this does!

        1. re: hrhboo

          If no one shows up to my unofficial meetup, I motion that we move the party to Boo's neighborhood so we can sit at The Other Room and eat tlayudas from the new Guela.

          1. re: SauceSupreme

            That's a great idea! I will most likely be trying it out tonight and will report back with the details.

          2. re: hrhboo

            If the popularity of any of the Guelaguetza restos carries over to this new one, they should break the losing streak... thanks as always!

      2. 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.

        1. Update:
          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.

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          1. re: hrhboo

            Thanks for taking one for the team Boo! We ate at Mason often since it was open late. I look forward to checking it out under its new incarnation.


            1. re: hrhboo

              The owners, of all of 'em, are brother and sister,
              sister Soledad owns only the Palms locations
              which has 'The Best' tasting food and was also
              the local where Martha Stewart taped her show
              focusing on Oaxacan cuisine.

              1. re: NumeroUnoEat

                I just was speaking with the Palms/Sepulveda restaurant and they mentioned "their" other store on Venice so I can confirm these are run by the same folks.