Very happy to notice that near me place, just west of Los Feliz, there seems to be a rash of Oaxacan places opening. Tried several of them.
(The pantheon before this: best high-end Oaxacan - 8th street Guelaguetza, when it's on. It's frequently not on. Best less-complicated-but-homey-and-lovely Oaxacan: Juquila, though not at lunch, when the sucky cook cooks. Best clayuda: El Sazon Oaxacqueno, followed closely by the truck on Lincoln S. of Rose, from 6 PM. Lesser places: Monte Alban, Palms Guelatguetza.)
The place on Melrose and Wilton: suave, less fiery, very well-balanced coloradito mole (red mole) over rolled tortillas, with meat. Took me a while to warm to it, but it was pretty goddamn fantastic by the end. Rivalled Guelaguetza maybe? Sadly empty. This must be changed. I loved this place. I have to go again, but this could be a new favorite.
The place on Western just north of Sunset... Rincon Oaxacquena?
Sucks. One-note moles (sweet! Look, there's a nut in here somewhere! Ooh boy!), the saddest salsa I've had in a non-gringoized Mexican joint in town, chips from a bag, and generally loveless food.
I used to think: can Oaxacans go wrong? Is there an actually *bad* Oaxacan place? The answer is yes, yes there can be.