After reading a few posts about the recent cricket shut down at La Oaxaqueña, I decided to give the place a go for dinner. Expecting to see huge lines in front, I was surprised to see that the place had open tables around eight at night. I decided to bite the bullet and try it.
After ordering, we waited for our food. And waited. And waited. And waited. And waited. The place was not particularly busy, especially not in comparison to a few places up the block like Taqueria Cancún, where it seems like they pump out hundreds of orders a minute.
Not La Oaxaqueña. It took a full fifty eight minutes between paying for our food and receiving it at the table. No apologies from the owner, no explanation, no food to soothe us over. Nothing.
The food itself was bland, disappointing, and over-salty. I ordered a ttlayuda, which is essentially an giant tortilla. And by giant, I mean it — it would easily serve two. I got it with the chipotle chicken. The ttlayuda was horrifically bland. The dough they used had no flavor, and any taste there was was achieved with salt. Massive quantities of salt. A Dead Sea of salt.
My dining partner had three papusas, which were doughy and had almost no filling. The overriding taste was of starch and nothing else.
And finally, an hour and fifteen minutes after paying for our food, we left. La Oaxaqueña will always be remembered by us as the longest Mexican meal we've ever had. And that is not a good thing.