Stumbled upon Black Bean in downtown Redwood City tonight, next to the tequila bar. An award for "best tamale" in the window drew my eye to the posted to-go menu, and naturally, I got very excited when I saw Oaxacan specialties listed: quesillo, memelitas, tlayudas, enfrijoladas, enchiladas de mole, etc.
To go menu:
I'd already had dinner at Martins West, but I stepped up to the counter to check out what else might be available. The young man at the counter said that his mom makes a different mole from scratch every day and various specials. Today's mole was coloradito, my favorite style and so hard to find. However, he also said that they're going to rename the restaurant La Victoria and revamp the menu. The Oaxacan dishes will probably be dropped as this place has been open for over a year and hardly anyone orders them. He said that people in LA know what Oaxacan food is, but it's been a hard sell here and the dishes take more time to prepare than their other taqueria fare. There were only three customers in there tonight.
I didn't eat there, so I can't offer a personal recommendation. Yet, it just kills me that a Oaxacan restaurant would give up and go generic. Anyway, give it try before it's gone.
Black Bean Restaurant
847 Main St, Redwood City, CA 94063