La Feria De Los Moles 2010
Apparently this is happening in the plaza by Olvera St. tomorrow (Sunday Oct. 10th). Has anyone been to this in previous years? The website is kinda short on details.
I'm curious how it all works. Is there an entry fee? Do you get a full serving at each place? Is it the mole sauce only or is meat involved?
10903 S Inglewood Ave, Inglewood, CA 90304
Just an update. This review isn't anywhere near as comprehensive as streetgourmetla's review of last year but just some jumbled impressions from a man who drank a few beers and wandered down to Olvera St. on Sunday.
Got there around 4:30ish. It seemed like this was primetime as later in the afternoon places seemed to be running out of things. The first thing I noticed was that the lines for the Oaxacan places were WAY longer than the ones for the Poblano competitors (the event was billed as Oaxaca vs. Puebla). I don't know if that's because Oaxaca was repping harder or if their moles were that much better. I got in one of the less lengthy Oaxacan lines - Chocolate Mayordomo. Noticed must folks were ordering up clayudas (or tlayudas) so decided not to buck the trend. It was a very large crisped tortilla covered in mole negro with some carne asada and cheese (cotija, I think). The mole was insanely rich and tasty but the carne was forgettable and I'm not sure I was sold on the format.
The next place was a big cluster-rumpus. Antojitos Abuelita or something to that effect. My buddy and I got very excited about splitting some flor de calabaza and huitlacohce quesadillas. A dude took our order in line but when we got to the front they told us we were out of cheese - and flor de calabaza - and sopes - and pambazos - and pretty much everything. We tried to cobble an order together but apparently in all the confusion they lost our ticket so 15 minutes later we got our money back and bounced.
At this point my companions were starving their faces off so we jumped into the nearest line. I cannot recall the name - which works for them because their mole was a little dull compared to round one. The one thing of note was their clayudas could be served with tripas. They added a flithy, dirty tastiness to the proceedings. They also served some solid tamales with a really bright salsa roja.
Last mole stop was a green mole (still Oaxacan) on a sope. The place didn't have a name either. It was a tasty mole but not a game changer. The GAME CHANGER (and the real reason I'm bothering to write this) were the nieves at a Oaxacan panaderia. I had never heard of a nieve before but it is apparently in the sorbet family. I saw they had prickly pear (tuna) and went for it but they ran out before filling my cup. Lucky for me. I asked if they could fill the rest with their mezcal flavor. The combination was out of this world. Please let me know if anyone can tell me where I can get this regularly.
All in all, a well spent Sunday afternoon at la feria de los moles. I freely admit I did shortchange the moles of Puebla - it's something I will try and rectify next year.
137 S Topanga Canyon Blvd, Topanga, CA 90290
13800 Leffingwell Rd, Whittier, CA 90604