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NYCnowLA Feb 12, 2008 04:54 PM

Any rec's on what to order for take out? Thanks!

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    Whimzerd Feb 13, 2008 10:26 PM

    TEJATE: This magical potion of cacao, maize, rosita de cacao(flowers of a Oaxacan tree), and mamey(fruit) seed is available on sat & sun. Although it is not as amazing as drinking it in Mx it is some of the best in L.A. The cacao and flowers provide a calming yet stimulating effect, the mamey seed binds to the cacao fat to create a natural "whipped cream," and the maize sustains you. What's not to like?

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      NYCnowLA Feb 13, 2008 10:48 PM

      thanks everyone!

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        Eat_Nopal Feb 14, 2008 04:16 AM

        Very true... the owner told me they also make Mole de Pixtli (a very elaborate, labor intensive sauce made from the Mamey pit) at home from time to time... and would be willing to make it on a special order basis.

      2. Eat_Nopal Feb 13, 2008 03:27 PM

        Eat there don't take out... they make handmade tortillas those wont travel well. Lots of good stuff there... here my overall recommendations:

        > Molotes
        > Mole Negro with Chicken (although my dad really liked it with Salmon)
        > Nopales
        > Sopa Azteca (although its so cheesy these days)
        > Birria Taco
        > Chilacayote Agua Fresca
        > Cafe de Olla

        If you aren't squeamish... go for the Blood Sausage... oh yeah and make sure to get a side order of roasted Chile de Agua.

        1. a_and_w Feb 13, 2008 11:40 AM

          Sopa Azteca (the tortilla soup, not to be confused with the Consomme Ranchero).

          Tacos Enchiladas (you have to be specific about the "Tacos" part, or you risk getting another style of enchilada that isn't as good) with either cheese or chicken. You can do either the red or black mole with this dish -- both are excellent.

          Enfrijoladas with cecina (thinly sliced marinated pork).

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            mungus Feb 13, 2008 12:42 PM

            The tacos enchiladas with red mole are my favorite too.

            I've had good empanadas (different from the Argentinian kind, these are not deep fried, more like a grilled quesadilla) with huitlacoche (sp?) - corn smut or fungus. The squash blossom empanada is good too.

            The ceviche was pretty good, fresh and refreshing. I like the coffee there too - cinamony and sweet, oh and the champurrado (sp?) - that thickened masa drink.

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              a_and_w Feb 13, 2008 02:52 PM

              I'm pleased to learn the empandas aren't fried. I haven't tried them because I was turned off by the quesadilla, which was deep fried and frankly kind of gross.

              One other rec -- the pan dulce are excellent. They have a flaky crust with a creamy filling that is sweet without being cloying...

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            nosh Feb 13, 2008 07:44 AM

            As long as you are taking out, duck into El Super Taco a couple of doors to the right and order a couple of tacos. (Choose the carnitas and al pastor, the carne asada is very inconsistent.) They are barely over a buck, and will permit you to sample their salsa bar and try some of their great habanero salsa, the orangeish salsa marked "extra hot." Be careful on its own, or use a little to punch up their salsa roja. El Super Taco, which I believe is associated with Monte Alban, also makes a great torta, which is crisped on a press and appears to be the most popular item among the regulars.

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              yogachik Feb 12, 2008 09:23 PM

              you have to get their chicken soup!

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                SauceSupreme Feb 13, 2008 12:35 AM

                Are you referring to the sopa azteca? That stuff is great.

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                  Emme Feb 14, 2008 12:27 AM

                  soup. word. is there crack in there?

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                    Eat_Nopal Feb 14, 2008 04:19 AM

                    In this case Hoja Santa would be the crack element. A great herb... no unlike Fennel Tops but with a more addictive balance.... I belive the Northgate Gonzalez markets carry it... one of the best dishes I've ever had in Mexico was at La Pigua in Campeche.... fresh caught Pampano wrapped in Hoja Santa & grilled... wow, simply wow!

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                      banjoboy Feb 14, 2008 08:06 AM

                      Nopal, thanks so much for that information about Hoja Santa.

                2. liu Feb 12, 2008 05:36 PM

                  Anything with black mole!
                  I would trust them to advise you.

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                    Nicole Feb 13, 2008 10:00 AM

                    Agree that the black mole is good, but I actually like the red mole even better. And you can ask them to add either mole sauce to anything...it doesn't have to have mole in the menu description. I tend to be partial to burritos, but just about anything tastes good with some red mole sauce on it. :)

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                      liu Feb 13, 2008 11:57 AM

                      Thanks for your red mole recommendation, and that is really accommodating that they will add the mole sauce to anything.
                      Now, if only we could get other restaurants to do the same with their chocolate sauce!

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                        a_and_w Feb 13, 2008 12:30 PM

                        You can actually buy a side of it separately, as well. I often take out a container of red or black mole then use it as a dip for their excellent chips.

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