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Mexican Mole in Van Nuys area

m
MSCS Jan 6, 2011 01:20 PM

Hi-

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.

  1. m
    MSCS Jan 11, 2011 06:21 AM

    Thanks.

    :-(

    4 Replies
    1. re: MSCS
      Servorg Jan 11, 2011 06:36 AM

      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.

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      Juquila
      11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      Monte Alban
      11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      1. re: Servorg
        mucho gordo Jan 11, 2011 09:22 AM

        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
          Servorg Jan 11, 2011 09:30 AM

          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: http://www.menupix.com/menudirectory/...

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

          1. re: Servorg
            mucho gordo Jan 11, 2011 09:59 AM

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

    2. c
      cdub Jan 11, 2011 06:55 AM

      your best bet is loteria in studio city.

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      1. re: cdub
        c
        carter Jan 11, 2011 04:01 PM

        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.

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        Juquila
        11619 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

        Monte Alban
        11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. re: carter
          c
          carter Jan 11, 2011 04:03 PM

          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.

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

      2. boogiebaby Jan 11, 2011 12:21 PM

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

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

        1. j
          jackattack Jan 12, 2011 09:17 AM

          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)

          http://moleslatia.com/menu.html

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

          http://www.lamag.com/eat/article.aspx...

          1. m
            miwine Jan 12, 2011 09:43 AM

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

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