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Guelaguetza

MexicanOaxacan

Koreatown

$$$$Perfect For:Big GroupsBirthdaysClassic Establishment
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Arguably the best-known Oaxacan restaurant in LA, if not anywhere outside of Mexico, Guelaguetza could be described as the house that mole built (their website is literally  ilovemole.com). This Koreatown spot features a gift shop, mezcal flights, and a lengthy Oaxacan menu that covers a lot of ground, from banana-leaf tamales and enmoladas doused in smoky mole negro to soft memelas topped with quesillo. Guelaguetza is also a great place to take big groups and out-of-towners because there are always enough tables in its big dining room, plus live music most nights.

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Mole Negro

The menu tells you its “an absolute must-have” and YOU BETTER BELIEVE THEM. Rich and savory, it’s the perfect blend of Mexican spice and that famous Oaxacan chocolate.
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Mole Verde

Kick the heat up a notch with this savory sauce composed entirely of Oaxacan green chiles and local herbs.
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Amarillo

Another must-order. This yellow mole is mixed in with chiles, cloves, and cumin.
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Especial de Carnes

An assorted meat plate or sorts, with grilled tasajo, chorizo, cecina and Oaxacan string cheese. How could you honestly not order that?
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Molotes de Papa con Chorizo

Fried dough stuffed with potatoes and chorizo. Think: pierogies for the gods.
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Canasta Costena

This family style dish comes with shrimp, chicken, potato, and fish fillet all doused in the beautiful Oaxacan seasoning. Consider this the tour de force.

Mezcal Flight

Duh.

Empanadas

Yes, you want them.

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