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Zacateca Oaxacan and former fast food chains turning into something useful

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Zacateca Oaxacan and former fast food chains turning into something useful

Eric Eto | May 31, 2002 07:37 PM

Another extended visit to my hometown (from NYC) has been fruitful yet again. On my last visit, I might have mentioned how Tasty Q is located in a converted taco bell, which happens to have been the first taco bell i'd eaten in. Well, it's happened again. I spotted a downscale Oaxacan place called Zacateca (or something like that) on Pico just west of Crenshaw, that just happens to be in a converted KFC (which also happens to be the first KFC i'd ever had). I'm hoping this is an emergent pattern as I found Zacatecas to be quite good, though all I have to go on is the mole negro. Also, there's no Oaxacan regional cuisine to be had in NYC, so perhaps my tastebuds aren't so discriminating for the moment. While I was sitting there eating and reading one of the Oaxacan community papers, I noticed an ad for a tortilleria and Oaxacan antojitos place just further down Pico in a nondescript strip mall at Wilton. I went by to get a menu, but there weren't any. The place is called Expresion Oaxaquena and seems to share a business address with a package store. Looks good on the first inspection. Hopefully I'll have time to eat there. What hooked me with the ad was a description like, "just like your grandmother makes" (i just remember the term abuelita).

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