Monday, September 25, 2017

Dine on a Dime: La Carta de Oaxaca

Look no further – traditional Oaxacan food awaits you in Ballard.

I was beginning to lose hope that there’s any authentic Mexican food in Seattle. Low and behold, a friend took me to La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard and my faith is restored. You won’t find gobs of cheese piled on runny refried beans here – the food is fresh, well-seasoned and to top it off, inexpensive. The place can get packed, but the food and wait are worth it.

Meal steals: La Carta de Oaxaca’s three best dishes under $10

My date and I both had the mole negro oaxaqueno ($8), the house specialty. Rich, black chile mole is prepared with either chicken or pork and served with white rice and fresh, homemade tortillas.

The entomatadas ($9) are another favorite. Tasajo – grilled, thin sliced beef – in homemade tortillas and your choice of tomatillo sauce or red sauce with oaxaqueno cheese, onion and crema mexicana.

Another tempting choices was the empanadas  ($6), which are stuffed with yellow curry sauce, chicken or mushrooms and grilled in a tortilla.

Enjoy a Pacifico along with your meal and you’ll feel like you’re south of the border – especially while surrounded by the beautiful Oaxacan photography.

La Carta de Oaxaca | 5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle | (206) 782-8722

About Bridget Blake

Despite being an Arizona native, Bridget's heart is in the Pacific Northwest. She's a graduate of the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication and recently moved to Seattle to pursue her passions: writing, food, wine and music. She has written for women's and philanthropy magazines in Scottsdale, Arizona as well as the University of Oregon's newspaper, the Daily Emerald. Bridget is currently a news assistant with a local television station. When she's not cooking, sipping red wine or buried in the latest issue of Rolling Stone, you can usually find her outside enjoying a rare sunny day in Seattle or laughing with friends. Her motto is the great e.e. cummings quote, "the most wasted of days is one without laughter." If you want to keep up with her Seattle adventures and daily awkward moments, follow her @BridgetBlake1.
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