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Great Oaxacan Find on Westside

Apple Bob | Dec 9, 200410:34 AM

El Sazon Oaxaqueno on Washington Place and Grandview in MarVista/Venice/Culver City area. The place is in a strip mall w/ a laundromat.

Not a lot of charm but the place is sparkling clean and the service is really friendly.

Now to the important part, the food is AMAZING. I have been several times and the food is wonderful. The clayuda are very good, not too salty and w/ your choice of meat (cecina, tasajo, or chorizo). The chorizo come in tiny little shooting marble sized balls and are really good, and the tasajo is excellent and not too salty.

Of the several types of mole they serve, I have only had the black mole (on chicken which was perfectly cooked and very moist and on the banana leaf wrapped chicken tamale which was also excellent). Recently I read on this board that many people don't like the westside Guelaguetza b/c the mole is so sweet. I am pleased to report that at El Sazon the black mole is not very sweet at all but the flavor is very complex with hints of chocolate, nuts, peppers, and a very nice smokey burnt flavor all building to a mild burn. Excellent. I have also had a thing I can't remember the name of which is a thick corn tortilla stuffed w/ cheese, smeared w/ aciento, and covered in cecina which was also excellent.

The best thing in all of this is the hot chocolate made from ground cocoa and spices and heated on the stove, no powder mix here. The flavor is AMAZING. Best hot chocolate I have ever had anywhere ever period.

Horchata was also very good (home made) and served w a scoop of cactus fruit sorbet floating in it (yummmm).

This place is great. One appetizer, two entrees, and two hot chocolates = less than $15.

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