I went to a Oaxacan festival downtown a while back, and had the most wonderful clayuda. I wanted to try the Guelaguetza booth, but there was at least an hour wait in the line.
Since then, Ive read wonderful things about the place here on this board.
So it was with great anticipation that I agreed to meet an old friend at the Palms location yesterday.
It started off with a free appetizer of corn tortilla chips with a red mole and casera cheese sprinkled on top. We were off to a good start.
I ordered the clayuda and he ordered a beef mole.
The main dishes took a long time to be prepared, but eventually arrived. We didnt really mind the wait, as he was telling me about the book he is writing.
My dish was visually delicious. As expected, it was a large tortilla with black beans, cabbage, tomato and avocado. On one side was a large piece of thinly-sliced, marinated grilled beef.
His dish was a pile of the same meat with a dark mole cover and a baseball-sized pile of white rice.
Based on looks alone, I won.
But the taste went the other way. The bottom of my clayuda was burned over about half the dish, and I couldnt get the taste out of the dish. The meat was good, if a little tough as it cooled down. The topping was delicious, especially with a little Tapatio sauce.
His dish, I later learned was wonderful.
Ah well. I havent given up on Guelaguetza. Im going to try the other locations, which are closer to home, and the moles, which theyre known for.