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Dinner in Oaxaca

David Haun | Feb 19, 2006 05:00 PM

MARCO POLO- Pino Suarez 806 (across from Llano Park) There is a second MARCO POLO downtown that is known for their great breakfasts.

I have tried to eat at this sea food restaurant twice on previous visits and finally succeeded. First time was for dinner: they close at 6 pm. Second time was on Tuesday: only day they are closed.

On a late Wednesday, around 5pm, I got the last table and was the only gringo. The wait and persistence were worth it.
Middle of restaurant was large adobe oven with all sorts of veggies and seafood being pulled out.

Middle of restaurant was large adobe oven with all sorts of veggies and seafood being pulled out. Then I noticed that everything was being cooked in this adobe oven. Their was an actual kitchen where things were prepared, but if it was cooked, it was cooked in the middle of the restaurant. Everything looked delicious.

I had the Pescado Al Horno, ($85p) (about US$8.00), a huge red snapper filet baked in a chipotle sauce with mayonnaise and mustard. Sauce could have overpowered the fish, but was only paper thin, providing a subtle flavor.

The menu offered fish, octopus, squid or shrimp, either fillet or whole then either grilled, breaded, egg battered, or fried in olive oil and garlic. There were a dozen soups including several "chilpachole," roasted with onions, tomatoes and chiles.

More than a dozen seafood cocktails were offered in small, ($49p) (about US$4.50) and large, ($79p) (about US$7.25), including Campechhana, with oysters and shrimp. Specialities included: Chile Rellenas de Mariscos, poblano chile, egg coated, fried and filled with mixed sea food; Tacos de Mariscos, deep fried flour tortillas filled with mixed seafood; and, Baguette Marco Polo, garlic bread with paté and salmon slices. YUM! YUM!

Service was excellent, even with every table occupied. Food was served prompt and hot. I have been told that breakfast here is also superb and I have no doubts.

Link: http://www.oaxacan.org/

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