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3337 ½ W. 8th St. (Koreatown)
Los Angeles, CA
(1) 213-427-0601 | www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com
BEST FORLunch; dinner
RESERVATIONSRecommended for weekends; call to book
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 5.50-18.95; USD 2.95-15.95
FAMOUS PLATESMole negro con pollo; mole rojo con pollo; amarillo de pollo
DRINKS AND WINEChampurrado; Mexican soft drinks; tequila; wine; Mexican beer
# OF SEATS65
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
Homesick expats pile in for the Mexican soccer on TV and the authentic Oaxacan moles at this funky no-frills joint in Koreatown. Warm brick walls, simple wooden tables, handcrafted Oaxacan decorations, and super friendly service give a cozy, homey feel, while weekend crowds of families make it more boisterous.
Mix of students, yuppies, and homesick Oaxaqueanos. This is a popular spot with families, especially on weekends.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s really casual–jeans and a t-shirt will be more than enough, but feel free to take things up a notch if you’re making a night out of it.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends; family; kids
WHY WE LIKE IT
We dig the laidback, homey atmosphere, and we can’t get enough of their moles.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
While the moles are out of this world, their other dishes can be a little underwhelming. Parking is also painful; try your luck on the side streets.
GOOD TO KNOW
Their tortas are also a delicious treat (we dug the torta milanese), and the clayuda (Mexican “pizza”) and nopal zapoteco (grilled cactus) are worth trying. Just in case you can’t get enough of their eats, they offer takeout. The restaurant also works directly with Oaxacan vendors, so you can be assured of your dishes’ authenticity.
Read more about Guelaguetza in The Diary
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