The Oaxacan Kitchen Restaurant Review, Palo Alto
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The Oaxacan Kitchen
2323 Birch Street (Near California Ave)
Palo Alto, CA 94306
The Oaxacan Kitchen is a higher end Mexican restaurant in Palo Alto’s California Street shopping area. The restaurant is run by the husband and wife team Ron Kent and Zaida, and opened in 2008. They focus on authentic Oaxacan food. They sell some of their products at local farmers markets.
Decor, Vibe – The Oaxacan Kitchen is not a large restaurant, yet has both indoor and outdoor seating. It is decorated with lots of vibrant colors and photographs. The restaurant was pretty full at lunch time with nearby workers.
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The Oaxacan Kitchen Menu has a wide variety of items from tacos to tamales to appetizers.
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Chips and guacamole ($7) had a basket full of freshly fried chips and excellent guacamole.
Carnitas ($8) Braised pork shoulder, lime, bay leaf, and cinnamon. Served with guacamole, fresh corn tortillas and salsa. This version had excellent meat flavor without excess fatiness. Nice tortillas and the same great guacamole.
Carne Asada tacos ($7) Two fresh corn soft tacos, served with rice and beans. Grilled steak with guacamole, cilantro, onions and your choice of salsas. A solid version with two tacos full of tender meat slathered in sauce.
Enmoladas ($11) Large tortilla with our Oaxacan mole negro, topped with queso fresco, sliced onions and parsley with poached chicken. Mole is an acquired taste. This version was very authentic and had strong bold flavors.
Horchata ($3) was top notch, well-balanced, with some nice cinnamon flavors.
The Oaxacan Kitchen took a while to get our food to us. Food quality was high and prices in line with better cuisine. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food give this place a try. Other restaurants we have reviewed nearby include The Counter, Jin Sho, and Bistro Elan.
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