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Delicious Spree LA to Z: Guelaguetza

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LAist is going on a delicious spree around LA from A to Z. This week, we are on G. Today, we visit Guelaguezta, a Oaxacan restaurant with an original location on 8th in Koreatown, and a second location on Palms Boulevard in West LA.

At the westerly location of Guelaguetza restaurant, the somewhat dark, tiny dining room feels comfortably like someone’s home kitchen. At 7:00 all the tables are already taken - about half by Mexican families and couples jabbering away in Spanish, and the other half by, well, others. Everyone looks like they eat here all the time. Thius is LAist's first time at Guelaguetza. In fact, this is the first time we're trying Oaxacan food (and yep, we did know how to say "wah-HA-kin").

The front of the restaurant is a bit of a Mexican mini-mart, with a small, high case of food things, what look to be imported cigarettes, and candy for sale. There are different-sized bottles of rich golden liquor that looks like tequila. We pick up a bottle. It’s mezcal, and there’s a worm inside. We put it back down. We weren’t so sure about our first Oaxacan dinner now.