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Rocio's Moles de los Dioses: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

There are so many things about Rocio's Moles de los Dioses that make it special — yes, there are the moles, made by legendary mole queen Rocio Camacho, but there is also so, so much more. You might not expect, for instance, an amuse-bouche at a Mexican restaurant in a strip mall in Sun Valley, but you'll get one: a small taste of spicy shrimp broth topped with a fresh tortilla, brightness grounded with masa. You might not expect passion fruit to complete the spicy guacamole, but it does. The empanadas, which are colored the most vibrant green, thanks to the addition to the masa of nopales (cactus), are flaky, delicate and rich. But let's face it, you came for the moles, and they don't disappoint. From musky and rich (de los dioses, oaxaqueno) to light and fruity (tequila and lemon), there's a mole for every taste and every mood. The exceptional food comes with gracious, almost formal service as well — just another extra you may not have expected but will be extra grateful for in the end. 8255 Sunland Blvd., Sun Valley; (818) 252-6415, moleofthegods.com. Mon.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. & 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Mole dishes $15-$19. Beer and wine.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

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Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
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8255 Sunland Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91352

818-252-6415


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