Melrose: Goat Barbacoa at Antequera de Oaxaca
I must have been driven by Antequera de Oaxaca a bunch of times over the years but never really noticed it until it recently renovated and added an eye-catching painted green stripe around its window. It looked very modern and so I decided to walk over to check it out.
It’s very much a mom and pop operation so don’t go in expecting prompt service. Instead, pull up a chair and hang out for a while nibbling on their chips and salsa until your food arrives.
It’s always hard for me the first time I go to a restaurant. I never know if I should order the specialty or something that appeals to me at that moment. Sometimes I compromise and order both. Oh, that’s not a compromise? Well, it’s a system that works for me. This is how I ended up getting the barbacoa with goat AND a tamal with mole. Seeing that this an Oaxacan restaurant, I was really tempted to get a whole dish of mole chicken (choice of black or red mole sauces) but I didn’t want to commit to a full portion.
My friend ordered the entomatadas after deciding between that and the chilaquiles. I’m glad he went with the entomatadas. The fried tortillas were still a bit crispy even drenched in salsa verde. It’s a great vegetarian dish with cheese and a fried egg.
As mentioned, I got the chicken mole tamal as an appetizer. It came with tender chicken and a rather innocuous mole. Although I don’t want mole to taste like Hershey’s chocolate, I do want a bit of that warm spice. I didn’t get that from the tamal.
I found it interesting the tamal was extremely generous with the masa which spilled into the folded parts. It’s totally a doable appetizer or a light meal. And the best part is it’s very cheap– $4.
For my main meal, I opted for the barbacoa which was made with goat. Some of the bones are served so if you don’t want any of that, try the carne plate instead. I liked the sauce and the goat was tender. But the best part were the beans.
I’m looking forward to another visit to try the red mole.
Antequera de Oaxaca5200 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038 — (323) 466-1101 © The Minty 2016