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Jan 6, 2011 01:20 PM

Mexican Mole in Van Nuys area


Coming out from the east coast for corporate meeting (HQ in Van Nuys). Looking for a great mexican restaurant with mole (preferably a number of different moles) - good tequila selection a bonus. Hole in the wall or upscale, I don't care. I love mole and want to take advantage of a good place if there is one.

I'm not sure of out transportation situation, so I don't know how far out of Van Nuys I can stray.

Thanks in advance.

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    1. re: MSCS

      I'm sure I am not alone when I say I read your post and thought and thought and thought again about your request. There was a place on Vanowen, but I am fairly certain they are no longer there (Cano's IIRC). I just couldn't come up with another place in that area for Oaxacan food. You need to either head toward the mid-cities/Hollywood or come over to the west side for Monte Alban or Juquila.

      11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Monte Alban
      11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      1. re: Servorg

        V N is in the heart of the barrio; there must be a decent mole around some place but, I can't think of one either.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          I did some more digging and found that La Fogata has mole. That would be the closest place that I can find. I have not tried the mole here though, so you'll (and when I say "you" I mean the OP, not you much gordo - although if you want to go and report I'll not stand in your way... ;-D>) be the guinea pig and, if you do go and have it I hope you'll report back. See their menu here:

          La Fogata
          5142 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

          1. re: Servorg

            Good call. I'd forgotten about them. I haven't tried it either, Servorg. Mrs g isn't into that sort of thing.

    2. your best bet is loteria in studio city.

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      1. re: cdub

        And it's only ok - not one of their better dishes.
        Monte Alban wins when those two are the competition, as would Juquila.
        Guelaguetza is also very good, yet much further away.

        11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. re: carter

          But if cocktails, and that format is of interest, Senor Fred in Sherman Oaks has a decent version, not great, but at least the margs and some of the other entrees are quite good.

          Senor Fred
          13730 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

      2. Dos Arbolitos on Woodley and Nordhoff has decent mole -- I like it on their Enchiladas Poblanas (chicken enchiladas). They have an alcohol license too.

        Dos Arbolitos Restaurant
        9034 Woodley Ave, North Hills, CA 91343

        1. If you end up being able to stray, head down to East Los Angeles where the 60 and 710 freeways meet................ (sorry, no alcohol however)

          Also there is La Asuncion, just north of Van Nuys on Sepulveda a block up from Parthenia. Great mole but a sketchy might be able to arrange delivery however.

          1. Loteria (Ventura Blve. and Laurel Canyon Blvd.). Great mole (only one) great tequila list. Many special dishes not on most Mexican restaurants lists.