La Guelaguetza in Los Angeles, California

Yeah, I know! This weekly  spotlight on the delicious food from various restaurants is making my mouth water too!! Hahaha, I’m going to start calling this segment, the Monday Munchies hahaha.

La Guelaguetza is not only THE LA hot spot for authentic Oaxacan food, but also home to one of the largest selections of Mezcals in the USA! And our local LA friends said to believe the hype, that it was DELICIOSO! So you can kind of get a feel of why Gabriel and I were so excited to finally sit down and eat at La Guelaguetza

Bueno, upon arriving, we were warmly greeted and quickly seated. And like any good Mexican restaurant, the complimentary totopos, or “tortilla chips” were served. But to our wonderful surprise, they were served with a side of MOLE (moh-leh), instead of your typical pico de gallo!!!!!! ^.^ Now if you haven’t tried MOLE before, oh mai gawsh you are missing out! 

There were many delicious authentic Oaxacan options on the menu, so we asked our server to recommend a dish that we could share.  He suggested we try the Especial de Carnes, which includes: grilled tasajo (thinly sliced grilled beef), cecina (thinly sliced, salted and partially dried beef or pork), chorizo and Oaxacan string cheese. Served with rice, black beans and green salad. 

We liked the Especial de Carnes, but I honestly don’t know if it was worth the $16. I was disappointed with the store bought tortillas that had clearly been warmed up in micowave…which were advertised on their menu as freshly hand made.
Onto our next dish…a plate of fried CHAPULINES (grasshoppers). Yes, I was feeling adventurous and in need of something high in protein (and crunchy!), hahaha! I had never eaten grasshoppers before, so I figured I might as well check that off my bucket list! We also asked if we could have a sampling of three moles on the side (red, black and coloradito).

When I saw this huge plate of CHAPULINES infront of me, I thought I had lost my mind…forget it, I was about to bail eating those hopping insects…ah, f#CK it, I grabbed one, closed my eyes and started chewing…and chewing….and chewing. Damn, these little grasshopper were dry and crunchy!! Hahaha, mind over matter…forget they’re grasshoppers that have legs and eyes and poop inside….by making TACOS!!

I grabbed a tortilla, spread some mole negro, added some Oaxacan cheese, sprinkled a handful of grasshoppers ontop, rolled it up and took a bite….mmmmmmuch better! I highly recommend eating tacos de chapulines! Hahaha, I had about 5, each time rotating between moles (rojo, negro and coloradito).
La Guelaguetza Restaurant
3014 W Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
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  • Reply Ace G

    Oh myy goodness! When I lived in Mexico I tried to eat chapulines so many times but I never did! Hahaha this post brought me back good memories! Xoxo

    June 3, 2013 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Aydita

    Que maravilla! besos

    June 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm
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    amazing photos 🙂

    June 3, 2013 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Daily Baez

    esto es un abauso.. yummy

    June 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply Karen Perez

    I use to drive by guelaguetza all the time 🙂 esos chapulines no me los commiera!!! Lol

    June 4, 2013 at 3:56 am
  • Reply allergic to vanilla

    I’ve had chapulines too, and I just couldn’t get over it..haha! The taco idea sound much better than mine though!

    xo Carlina

    June 4, 2013 at 4:36 am
  • Reply Rebecca Harasym

    Oh my goodness! Grasshoppers! I don’t know if I could do it! LOL! Very interesting!


    June 4, 2013 at 4:44 am
  • Reply Coolmoms Cooltips

    You are a brave one. I have ordered many times and chicken out at the last minute

    June 4, 2013 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply Maybelline ~ Naturalmente Mamá

    THat first picture made my mouth water!.. It looks delish!.. but I have no idea what chapulines are..

    June 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm
  • Reply Isabel Garcia

    My mom just made Oaxacan mole this weekend! The Grasshoppers actually taste really good, except I never eat the legs. Now, you just need to try Oaxacan hot chocolate with pan dulce! Awesome post, amiga!!

    June 4, 2013 at 11:17 pm
  • Reply monicazyoung

    I cannot believe I have not been there. I love to try new foods.

    June 5, 2013 at 12:40 am
  • Reply Adrianas Best Recipes

    Me muero por ir a comer a la Guelaguetza tu post espectacular las fotos ni se diga excelente trabajo Nina, besa!

    June 5, 2013 at 1:56 am
  • Reply tm

    I’m so happy you got to enjoy the city that I love (microwaved tortillas aside).

    June 5, 2013 at 4:27 am
  • Reply Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz

    Love that you are enjoying yourself and experimenting. What a great food adventure! I’ve had chapulines in Mexico and yes you need to have them in a tortilla or it’s hard to forget about the legs, eyes etc. LOL! and in Guatemala we also eat sompopos de Mayo (big red ants) and they need to go on a tortilla as well. 🙂

    June 5, 2013 at 11:28 am
  • Reply S. Yissele

    Parece un lugar típico y la comida se ve deliciosa! Me hiciste antojar, cuando viaje por esos lares visitare para degustar ! Yummy!

    ¡FELIZ DÍA!ॐ

    June 5, 2013 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Teresa Garza

    Justamente ayer pase por ese Restaurante. que casualidad.. tengo que hacer una parada en el mismo.. Solo en Oaxaca había comido los chapulines.

    June 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm
  • Reply Alejandra Ramírez TheHermosas

    Oh my God! My husband would be in heaven if he visits that place!

    June 6, 2013 at 12:57 am
  • Reply Diana Rodriguez

    Un lugar muy bello, hay que visitarlo..

    June 6, 2013 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Cristina-Colombiana en CA

    Yo probé un chapulín y todavía tiemblo al pensar en esa experiencia 🙁

    La Guelaguetza es muy reconocido en L.A., tienen varias sedes y cada día ganan más adeptos.
    Muy buena tu reseña!

    June 6, 2013 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Lina Mayorga

    Se nota que la pasaste y comiste genial

    June 7, 2013 at 6:16 am
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