Oaxaca: Mexican Treasure
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By The Foodies / email@example.com
Weve said that Huntington villages Quetzalcoatl
is as authentic as Mexican gets, and now we know its sister
restaurant, Oaxaca, is of the same caliber.
We reviewed Quetzalcoatl, owned by Mexico City native Alejandro
Gonzalez, last March, and were quite taken with his knowledge
of his culture and history, and how he parlayed that knowledge
into a dining experience. Knowing Oaxaca is owned by the same
group, we often found ourselves at the eatery when we were
craving the real deal but short on time.
Now, we share our lunch secret with you.
Oaxaca is a small restaurant on New York Avenue in Huntington
village, just around the corner from Quetzalcoatl. Walking
in, you can see the kitchen, standard ingredients, and taco
shells waiting to be crunched on behind the counter. The seating
area is modest and colorful, and the menu boasts more than
a typical burrito joint, because Oaxaca is so much more.
Its menu has the standards Americans come to expect
burritos, tacos, taquitos, chimichangas and quesadillas. But
it also has tamales, gazpacho, arroz con pollo, carne azada,
birria (lamb), ropa vieja (shredded beef and onions marinated
in hot sauce), grilled chicken in green salsa, camarones (shrimp)
al chipotle, and plenty of dishes with mole, a complex dark
sauce usually made of some combination of chocolate, chiles,
garlic, onions and nuts. So whether its for a quick
Mexican fix, or something a little more traditional, Oaxaca
has you covered.
We are huge fans of the tamales ($8.95). Its something
different, immensely filling and satisfying. Cornmeal is steam-baked
in a corn husk and stuffed with a green tomatillo sauce and
either chicken or pork. Peeling away the husk, you find corn
meal baked just right, soft to the touch of your fork. The
flavors of the meat and tomatillo sauce make this a tasty
dish. If you opt for the Tamales Oaxaca ($7.95), you get cornmeal
in a banana leaf.
The burritos ($6.95-$13.95) are another favorite of ours.
They are huge and heavy, stuffed to the brim with rice, melted
cheese, beans and your choice of vegetables, chicken, beef,
pork, birria or shrimp. A side of lettuce and sour cream comes
with the meal. We usually opt for the chicken, but recently
had the pork and would recommend it any day. Tender and well
flavored, you can cut the meat with a fork. This makes for
an extrememly filling lunch if your tummy is rumbling.
We also recently had the Mole Chicken Enchilada ($15.95).
If you like mole and are in the mood for something uniquely
Mexican, this is the dish for you. Soft corn tortillas are
stuffed with Mexican-style chicken, covered in homemade mole,
and topped with onions and cheese. The chicken is pulled,
and quite tender, and the mole is outstanding, extremely complex
and immensely flavorful. This dish has a heat to it that sneaks
up on you.
Theres lots on the menu at Oaxaca, and whether youre
in the mood for something standard or something a little different,
youll be sure to find what youre looking for.
385 New York Ave.
Price Range: Inexpensive-Moderate
Hours: Sun-Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m.