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    GUELAGUETZA

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    Guelaguetza

    3337 ½ W. 8th St. (Koreatown)

    Los Angeles, CA

    (1) 213-427-0601 | www.guelaguetzarestaurante.com

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    • CUISINE

      Mexican
    • HOURS

      Daily: 8:00am-10:00pm
    • BEST FOR

      Lunch; dinner
    • RESERVATIONS

      Recommended for weekends; call to book
    • BAR

      Yes
    • YEAR OPENED

      2001
    • PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)

      USD 5.50-18.95; USD 2.95-15.95
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Mole negro con pollo; mole rojo con pollo; amarillo de pollo
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      Champurrado; Mexican soft drinks; tequila; wine; Mexican beer
    • # OF SEATS

      65
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      No
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      No
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    VIBE

    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.

    CROWD

    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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