Casa Oaxaca Bringing Casual Oaxacan Food to Downtown Culver City
There's some Mexican food on the move in Culver City today. Santa Ana's Casa Oaxaca, which has rather quietly been serving up moles, xochitl soup, tlayudas and other Oaxacan specialties for a few years now, is set to expand to Los Angeles. And best of all -- their new digs are slated to open today.
The Santa Ana expansion is taking over the old Pancho's Tacos space at 9609 Venice Blvd., a short walk for anyone looking to escape the all-American burgers, beers and salads of downtown Culver City.
The Casa Oaxaca menu is mostly built for the lunch crowd, with $10 plates of bistek and marinated pork, with chicken enchiladas on the side. Fish served a la Diabla will run you $13, and arrive drowned in a warm, thin salsa, with a scoop of rice and some avocado creaminess to reset your tingling tongue. And in that same $13 price range you'll find molcajetes overflowing with an array of meats and Mexican cheeses.
As a showcase of sorts, Casa Oaxaca handed out individual molotes and quesadillas at last weekend's East L.A. Meets Napa charity food event at Union Station. The former are a sort of starchier dumpling with a creamy potato interior and bites of chorizo, while the latter quesadillas are fried with jalapeño slices and epazote. And for the kid, you can apparently order a plate of scrambled eggs and two pancakes that comes with a syrup smiley face. Although what adult wouldn't want the same the same thing?
Casa Oaxaca is scheduled to open today at 9606 Venice Boulevard in Culver City.
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