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Guelaguetza

3014 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
213-427-0608
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  • Sun 8am-10pm, Mon-Thu 9am-10pm, Fri-Sat 8am-11pm
  • $$
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Banquet Facilities, Catering, Delivery, Private Party, Takeout
  • Street Parking, Valet Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
Stop by Guelaguetza on a Friday night and you're greeted by quite the party. The restaurant, which has been at the forefront of L.A.'s Oaxacan food scene for the last 20 years, is a sprawling enterprise, and on weekends it's packed with families, mainly sharing the giant platters of memelas, chorizo, tasajo andcecina, fried pork ribs and more. An ancient-looking man may be playing the xylophone onstage with his band, with kids and grandparents bouncing appreciatively in their seats to the music. There's a lot of bang for the buck in those platters, but you'd be remiss to come here and leave without trying the mole; this may be the most famous mole in the country. You'll want the negro, and you'll be rewarded with a dark, bitter, gloriously slick mole — get it with chicken or chorizo. Recently, the estofado, made with tomatillos, chiles, raisins and olives, has won our hearts. It's utterly seductive in its sweet and funky depth. You can get goat barbacoa on the weekends, swimming in a deeply rich chili sauce and served with giant, homemade tortillas. There are also fruity, smoky mezcal cocktails to toast the celebration happening around you. -- Besha Rodell

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