So I finally returned to the #2 of the Panaderia Ortiz chain up in North County today, since fgoing on opening day and meeting Leucadian over mole negro and rice. & one quick tlayuda visit
I did so on the way north to Temecula beacuse of chancing upon reading the ad in the free Spanish weekly El Gigante. Their ad advertised Comida Corrida - which is a set meal typical to many fondas, comedors in Mexico. It comes with the guisado [stew of the day]. rice, beans, tortillas, and an agua fresca. Can you guess for how much?
So I ordered this, and asked if they had any special Oaxacan stews for the day (they first offered eggs and chorizo). They had Mole amarillo or nego.
I choose my favorite - the less rich Amarillo (Yellow). Choice of Beef or Chicken.
My agua fresca was a lemon - which I couldnt resist - seeing whole peeled lemons bobing in the AF vase with dried chiles. It was just under sweetened - which is what I consider the mark of a good AF.
They have a pretty impressive menu - on par with a few of the menus I have seen in LA.
Entomotadas, nicuatole, tejate, chilacoyote aguas frescas, oaxacan horchata with prickly pear and pecans, chapulines, memelas, mole negro, estofado, tasajo, cecina, coloradito and of course the best Mexican bakery North of Panchitas.
After my meal here - I still think that Fiesta Oaxaquena in the Escondido Swap meet is light years ahead.
I appreciated the halved chayote, potato, ejotes, and herbal cilantro flavor but other than that not much was good. The poached chicken breast was without any flavor. Most irking was the sauce - which hinted of campbells tomato slightly. It was much too tomato - sweet heavy and felt like it was cornstarch thickened. Not quite like the exquisite amarillo I know. The tortillas were indeed fresh made - I saw the woman - but dry, tasteless and hard.
The rice fared eatter and was eaten all up. I think I even saw a piece of fresh thyme in there.
I will give them a second chance on the weekend - but I favor the bakery only in Escondido. They are masters at that trade.