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review - La Morenita Oaxaquena, new in Koreatown

Chowpatty | Aug 16, 200603:19 AM     2

Finally, an interesting looking restaurant opened on my way home from work. (Sometime I'll try My Secret Recipe too). Anyway, La Morenita Oaxaquena is a clean, homey new restaurant in the mini-mall at Third and New Hampshire, next to the dubious-looking Hawaiian barbecue place. I couldn't remember what some of the Oaxacan dishes were so I went with two I understood: chicken with mole negro for me and a chile relleno for my b.f. They were ready in a flash and the considerate manager carefully packaged them up so I wouldn't flood my new car with black mole. The chicken mole was a smallish portion for $7.50, with rice and tortillas. The mole wasn't the most complex or thick I've ever had, but it was ok. I'm sure chile rellenos aren't necessarily Oaxacan specialties but it was great -- stuffed full of chicken in a delicate batter and swimming in a super spicy picadillo sauce. It came with black beans, rice and salad ($7.00).
Despite the lackluster mole, I'm sure I'll be back to try their many other Oaxacan dishes or the reasonably-priced breakfasts with chilequiles, chorizo, etc. No alcohol, but they do take credit cards and they serve all kinds of aguas including Horchata de Arroz con Tuna y Nuez!.
La Morenita Oaxaquena
2550 W. 3rd St.
(213) 365-9201

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