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Oct 22, 2009 06:28 PM

Mole in Northern Marin?

Our older son is doing a report on mole in preparation of the Day of the Dead - does anyone have any recommendations for a restaurant that does a fairly decent version (we've never eaten it) around Novato, San Rafael, or thereabouts?


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  1. Are you just looking to try mole for the first time.

    In Novato, Sonoma Latina Grill has chicken in mole which is a decent enough intro

    Chicken in Mole - Local chicken grilled over a wood fire then simmered in a Oaxacan mole made of a mild chile poblano pepper, peanuts, almonds, chocolate and traditional spices and herbs.

    I don't remember if Karina's Mexican Bakery in Petaluma has any dishes with mole, but they do have a nice display of sugar skulls this time of year and a fair pan de muertos.

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    1. re: rworange

      Thanks, RW! We'll try this and see what he thinks of mole.

      I picked up some jars of mole at the local Mexican store, just for visual aid purposes; we'll try it after his report, but I'm guessing anything canned or jarred is a poor substitute.

      1. re: Cindy

        You might search Chowhound, either the general or home cooking board about how to deal with the jarred mole. I know there are a few discussions about it.

        Also, almost every Mexican market with a meat counter usually has plastic deli tubs with mole on top.

    2. If you are willing to drive as far as Petaluma, Lola's, on Lakeview Hwy, makes AWESOME mole.

      1. Las Camelias in San Rafael is a pleasant, attractive, upscale-ish restaurant. The food is reliably good and chicken mole is one of their offerings.

        Las Camelias
        912 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901

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        1. re: Sharuf

          Yes, Las Camelias has been making their chicken mole the same (good) way for a long time.