La Olla — Oaxaca City, Oaxaca
• Oaxacan Restaurant • $$-$$$ • (B)
Large plates of inexpensive, soul-satisfying Oaxacan food keep a steady stream of dedicated locals, long-time visitors, and expats coming back for more at this Centro Histórico bistro, which fronts the equally popular Casa de las Bugambilias B&B. Traditional soups, tlayudas, filleted fish wrapped in hierba santa, and carnes slathered in moles negro y rojo are just a few of the items on the menu worth mentioning. The rest are posted online. Anyone interested in learning about Oaxacan cooking should attend one of the classes taught through the affiliated Casa de los Sabores. Call or stop by the restaurant or B&B to reserve a spot in class.
- Reforma 402, north of Abasolo; North of Independencia, Centro Histórico; Mon - Sat 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., closed Sun; MX$60 - 175; Most major credit cards; phone 951-516-6668; www.laolla.com.mx; firstname.lastname@example.org.