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Mole...where can I find it...?

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My husband and I just moved to Pasadena and have come to find out that it seems to be the capital of mediocre expensive food. So besides not finding great spots for reasonably priced meals...we have been searching for truly authentic mole. We're a bit spoiled because we love the 5 + types of Mole they have everyday and the Red Iguana in Salt Lake City...we tried one place in Pasadena that was recommended to us...and not surprisingly...it was bad...mole it was but I think someone used the semi-sweet chocolate as it was sugary sweet. Anyway, PLEASE help us find good mole...verde, negro, amarillo, pipian...anything! And the closer to Pasadena the better!

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  1. guelaguetza, the one in/by ktown is the closest to you.

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    1. re: wilafur

      I second this. I go to the one by me (Sepulveda/Palms) all the time. Love the mole negro.

    2. If you're looking to buy mole, I suggest going to the Grand Central Market downtown. There's one vendor there that sells various moles for $5/pound. My favorite is almendrado.

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      1. re: SauceSupreme

        Guelaguetza, order the festival de moles. Four types of moles and lots of dippers (chicken, chips, etc).

        1. re: SauceSupreme

          I should add that the vendora t Grance Central sells the dried variety, akin to buying Japanese curry at the supermarket. Just add water to adjust to your preferred level of thickness. I actually find that I have to refrigerate it overnight in order to get the right "restaurant" consistency that I like.

          As far as actually going to a restaurant, I like the Mole Rojo at Guelaguetza and the Mole Negro at Monte Alban.

        2. I haven't had mole in many restaurants, but I like the mole sauce at La Cabinita (on Verdugo where Glendale/Montrose meet - from Pasadena, you can either take the 210 or the 134 to the 2, it's fairly close)

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          1. re: patz

            Second La Cabanita mole! On Verdugo, N of Glendale.

          2. if you wanted to try to make your own, Trader Joe's has a bottled jar. just put in half the jar for cooked 1 lb. of chicken (you can be authentic and use turkey), or beef, 1/4 c water and simmer! its really really good. smoky-spicy and a tiny touch of sweetness. it is one of my favorite finds there :)

            1. For starters, Victoria makes a red or a green mole in a glass jar; so does one other Mexican producer. Both can be found in any market that sells specifically to a Latino demographic and that is including Ralphs, Albertsons, etc. I pour off the oil on top and use this mole as the base to make stews and sauces. Highland Park ought to have its share of good Latino markets where you can buy these prepared moles. If you really want to get into it, you can start making your own mole, grinding the nuts, adding the chocolate, using various chiles and learning the in's and out's of more then six varieties. The suggestion that you try Grand Central Market is a good one. Good luck with your quest.

              1. So was that one place you went to in Pasadena El Portal?

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                1. re: notmartha

                  No, it was La Fiesta Grande on Colorado. I'm aware of making mole on our own...we've had great luck with mole verde...but everyonce and a while we want to go out and enjoy it without all the effort. We'll try Guelaguetza for sure based on all the recommendations.

                2. I'm sure the purists will be outraged, but I'm a big fan of the Mole at Loteria Grill in the Farmers Market at 3rd & Fairfax. Particularly over their cheese enchiladas.

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                  Loteria Grill
                  6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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                  1. re: wutzizname

                    I ain't mad atcha. I also like the mole with their chilaquiles.

                    My only gripe with Loteria has always been that they were a tad too expensive, but that never stopped me from liking the quality of the product (see also: Mill, LA).