Restaurants & Bars 8

Guelaguetza

WildSwede | Oct 27, 2005 01:06 PM

Bravo, Rabo on your wonderful review of Guelaguetza!!!
Three friends and I dined there after work one day last week. The Olympic location. I have been meaning to post about it, but keep forgetting to bring the menu so I get the names correct. As you stated, parking behind the restaurant was easy.
We ordered the Clayuda to share - yes, it was hard to eat. We got it half with chorizo and half just cheese (two in the group are vegetarians). It was not finished off. This is where I became enamored with the oaxacan string cheese!
We all had drinks. Lorena and Stephanie ordered a drink that had chile/limon powder (it was either the Garra De Tigre or Coctel Donaji) on the rim – it tasted good, but I could not see drinking this while sitting in the hot sun on a beach in Mexico as it was completely not refreshing! I got a Kahlua Colada and Nancy got something that had mescal and light beer in it (did not taste that one).
I ordered the Especial de Carnes which per their menu indicates “Assorted tasting plate includes: grilled tasajo, cecina and chorizo. Served with rice, black beans and green salad.” Thinly sliced, grilled meats – one was beef the other pork. Pretty good, not a whole lot of flavor, but I gave it oomph by adding their salsa and salt. Chorizo was very, very good, as well. I loved the black beans – nicely flavored. Served with warm, homemade tortillas and pan.
Lorena ordered the Tasajo o Cecina con Hongos Encebollados. This was good. Lots of meat, mushrooms and onions. By the way, their servings are HUGE!
Nancy ordered the Enmoladas which is three tortillas dipped in black mole, folded and sprinkled with cheese. Served with Oaxacan string cheese (she is a vegetarian but had other choices of chorizo, tasajo, cecina or chicken). I got to taste the mole. It was okay, but I have to say that I am still not a fan. However, I preferred the mole that they put on the chips they bring to the table more (rojo? coloradito?).
Stephanie ordered the Empanada with mushrooms and cheese. She was not impressed with it – it seemed a little bland and boring to me.
Just before our food was served, the band started up. A very good band – a trio. As I was with two girls from Merida, Yucatan and a Guatemalan, they knew all the songs and had a nice trip down memory lane. The music reminded me a lot of the Swedish music my dad used to listen to when I was little, so you can say we all sat with our memories.
We ended up being there for about 3 hours – just laughing and talking. Nothing makes a meal better than having good company with you!!
Lorena ordered the hot chocolate and it came with two pans. One had anise in it and was a little odd, but the concha was delish. The rest of us were too full to eat another bite!
Upon leaving, we stopped at the little shop section and I bought some of the Oaxacan string cheese ($8) and four concha pans (50 cents each). MMM-mmm good!
I will definitely go back. The menu is huge and I need to try many more items! It seemed that in addition to the moles, the whole fried fish was selling well. They also serve breakfast, seafood, soups and salads along with the Oaxacan specialties and meat dishes. Go try it if you have not. Service was good and they were more than willing to describe anything (more to my Latina friends, than for me, but I just had them ask for me). ;-)

Guelaguetza
3014 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles
(213) 427-0608

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