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May 12, 2008 12:27 AM

What at which? Oax in LA

I am planning a day trip up to LA of Oaxacan culinary madness for Oaxaquena friend. Looking for some direction from LA hounds.

What dishes to you get at which restaurant? You only get clayudas at... You always order horchata at x?

I can submit the Mole Amarillo at Antequera de Oaxaca.

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  1. Guelaguetza's moles are probably the best, but for every other dish, I prefer Monte Alban in West LA. The memelas, clayudas, and empanadas at Monte Alban are first rate.

    Whatever you do, make sure you skip Los 7 Regiones de Oaxaca on Pico, near Western. It's awful. They couldn't even get the tortilla chips right.

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      1. re: Cubancoffee

        No, but they can still be bad. I've noticed tremendous variation in the humble tortillas chip since moving to LA.

        1. re: Cubancoffee

          Probably not. But when they trot out store-bought, stale, and wet tortilla chips, then it certainly doesn't make you optimistic about the rest of your meal.

        2. re: glutton

          Guelaguetza's moles may be better, but the moles at Monte Alban are nothing to sneeze at. Their huitlacoche is also pretty tasty.

        3. The best clayudas I've had are at La Morenita on Third and New Hampshire. They also have great moles which are less sweet than some others.

          I concur on Antequera de Oaxaca, both the mole and the various botanos are excellent.

          I did a short write up of a few of these places here:

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          1. re: sku

            La Morentia is now my go-to Oaxacan place in LA--I just love it.

            La Morenita serves at least 3 kinds of mole--negro, coloradito, and amarillo. Their tlayudas are awesome, and the goat tacos are delicious. I've only made it through half of the menu because I keep ordering the tlayudas and coloradito over & over.

            La Morenita Oaxaquena
            3550 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

            1. re: bluemonster

              Another vote for La Morenita Oaxaquena! (^_^)

              Totally agree with bluemonster. Their Tacos de Chivo (Goat Tacos) are amazing! And their 3 kinds of Mole were nice as well.

          2. Breakfast at El Sazon Oaxaqueno (Salsa de Chorizo & Pastries)

            Monte Alban (Molotes, Nopalitos, Sopa Azteca, Barbacoa de Chivo, Chilacayote Agua Fresca)

            Tacomiendo (Chile Relleno Side Dish... no rice or beans; Escabeche)

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            1. re: Eat_Nopal

              I've been eying that chile relleno on the menu at Tacomiendo. I'd also add the enfrijoladas at Monte Alban.

              1. re: a_and_w

                Eyeing it? If you haven't had the Chile Relleno or the House Salad... you have not eaten at Tacomiendo! =)