Las Molenderas

2635 Whittier Blvd.
Boyle Heights, California
Critics' Pick
In Los Angeles there are many mole specialists — masters such as Rocio Camacho (Rocio’s Mexican Kitchen), Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin del Campo (Flautas and Mexicano), and the Lopez family (Guelaguetza) — but none are quite as laser-focused as the mother-and-daughter team at Boyle Heights’ Las Molenderas. Unlike Camacho, who is fluent in a dozen or so types of experimental moles, Marisol Feregrino and her mother, Estela Morales, serve two types: mole poblano and mole poblano con chipotle, the latter a less sweet, more sharp and smoky cousin to the original. Their small restaurant in Boyle Heights, across from the old Johnny's Shrimp Boat, essentially serves the equivalent of that Spam skit from Monty Python. There are mole enchiladas, mole burritos, mole sopes, mole cemitas, envueltos with mole, mole nachos, mole cheese fries, mole flautas, mole quesadillas, mole chilaquiles and mole with fried eggs for breakfast — which is particularly amazing when you mix the runny yolks with mole and dredge a hot tortilla through it. --Garrett Snyder

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  • At Las Molenderas, the Mole Poblano Is Everything
    Monday, May 18, 2015 at 9:13 a.m. by Garrett Snyder

    The mole taco at Las Molenderas is a humble creation. Swaddled in a pale, handmade tortilla, the filling is a few spoonfuls of shredded chicken suspended in sauce the color of wet dirt, topped with some crumbles of dry cotija and sl...

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