Restaurants & Bars

El Danzante

Stan | Aug 7, 2004 04:58 PM

El Danzante (NE corner of Pico and Western) is a cheap Oaxacan place that's nicer inside than most of the restaurants in the area. I got the special, the barbacoa, and a mango agua fresca. The chips were okay and the salsa was pretty good. The barbacoa came in a red sauce with tortillas, a cup of vegetable beef soup, and a plate with cilantro, onions, mild green chilis, and half a lime. It was good but not great. The soup was okay. Agua frescas are usually too watery for my taste, but within those parameters this one was pretty good. The barbacoa meat was okay in flavor, but it was full of bones, so it was not really practical to eat it with the tortillas. As a result I ended up just using the tortillas to soak up the sauce, which isn't real efficient. So it didn't nearly compare to El Borrego de Oro. Still, it's a nice enough place and I'll probably go back and try the red mole some time.

By the way, I went back to El Borrego de Oro on a weekday when they weren't serving their trademark barbacoa. Instead I got some sort of chicken steak with beans, rice, and tortillas. It wasn't that great actually. So unless I'm missing something I guess it's really just for the barbacoa on weekends.

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