Tlapazola Grill

11676 Gateway Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Tlapazola Grill +

Simone Paz


  • Sun 4pm-10pm, Tue-Fri 11am-2:30pm, Tue-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat 11am-11pm
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Business Dining, Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Try Tlapazola’s mole negro. It has a lingering sweetness that seems to exist as an afterimage on the tongue, the way that you can sometimes see something green floating in the air if you’ve been staring at a red shape for too long. Murky, viscous, odoriferous, heaving levels of mephitic complexity from its chocolate-smeared depths, Tlapazola’s mole is pure evil on a plate.

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