Took the wife and little ones to Valle de Oaxaca in Mar Vista last Saturday for lunch Id been there once and quite liked it. The wife had the al pastor huarache and I had the molotes, which Id never heard of before. They were kind of like torpedo-shaped masa somosas; masa wrapped around a filling of potato and chorizo, then deep-fried until crispy, and served with guacamole, lettuce and such. The molotes were very good. The contrast between the hot, crispy masa and the cool guac and other toppings was quite nice, while the filling gave it a bit of a punch. I still like the huarache a bit more, though; it also has great textural contrasts between the toppings and crisp-chewy masa, but then has the black-bean puree, salsa and meat for additional complexity. Moreover, theres something quite homey and comforting about it. My wife remarked that it seemed quite familiar, though shed never had one before.
Took Just Larrys suggestion and tried the homemade ice cream. Tried mamey, tuna (cactus fruit), and lemon-lime. Kind of a cross between sorbet and ice cream. The flavors were subtle (or faint), but nice. Bit pricey for what you get (the ice cream was more than the huarache but then the huarache was only $2.80!), but they probably have to charge a bit more to make it worthwhile. In any case, it's worth it just so you can casually mention that you've eaten tuna ice cream.
I think the molotes are a Saturday special, theyre not on the regular menu.
Valle de Oaxaca Restaurant
3809 Grand View Blvd (Venice), West Los Angeles