It kind of feels a bit like Law and Order lately as I go from person to person getting leads on the next culinary discovery.
The lady at the farmers market told me about a Bakery in Cotati called El Paso that unfortuntely did not carry any Oaxacan bread but frm which I had really decent rendition of a Pumpkin turnover. However, the owner of the bakery was a really nice wonderful woman who led me to a great discovery.
In my lament that no Oaxacan food was offered -other than tortas and mole negro paste there, she mentioned a restaurant -- "Carreno's" off Southwest blvd.
So off I was --- and reached the non-descript strip mall with a carneceria, joyeria and zapateria and nerby beheld the sign "Carreno's Authentica Comida Oaxaquena"!
A rush of joy flushed over me. I entered the restaurant - and I felt like Oax. restaurants I have been in on Pico Blvd in downtown LA. The walls were painted with murals of the Monte Alban ruins, portraits of Juarez, etc, wooden tequila bar.
Up front were 4 guys - 2 younger brothers one about 20 whom I communicated mainly with, a younger brother, their father and a friend.
They were all very friendly and really happy to share information about the restaurant - including that their mother was in Oaxaca on a supply trip - a good sign!
They offered me some paper menus - which I can give to local hounds if interested.
Among the Items available:
Tamales de mole en hoja de platano
Oaxacan Pan Dulce
I did not eat - but I cannot wait to give it a try. I have good hopes and aspirations for the place. Maybe we can have a chowdown here?
Carreno's Mexican Restaurant
157 Southwest Blvd.