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  • The Oaxacan Kitchen, Palo Alto

    The Oaxacan Kitchen Restaurant Review, Palo Alto

    Posted by Foodnut.com

    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    The Oaxacan Kitchen

    2323 Birch Street (Near California Ave)

    Palo Alto, CA 94306


    The Oaxacan Kitchen Website

    They are now a mobile food truck, the restaurant has closed.

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto exterior decor

    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.

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto interior decor

    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.

    The Oaxacan Kitchen Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto Menu 19

    The Oaxacan Kitchen Menu has a wide variety of items from tacos to tamales to appetizers.

    Website The Oaxacan Kitchen Menu

    The Oaxacan Kitchen Food Picks:
    Chips and guacamole ($7) had a basket full of freshly fried chips and excellent guacamole.

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto carnitas

    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.

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto carne asada tacos

    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.

    The Oaxacan kitchen Palo Alto Enmoladas pollo chicken Mole

    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 Birch Street.

    The Oaxacan Kitchen on Urbanspoon

    The Oaxacan Kitchen Overall Rating: (Good 2)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Very Good)
    Service Rating: (Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Good)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Full Bar
    Hours:Tu - Fri 11:30am - 2:30pm, Tu - Sat 5-9pm, Su 9am-2pm
    Prices:$6 - $17
    Posted on May 7th, 2010
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    2 Responses to “The Oaxacan Kitchen Restaurant Review, Palo Alto”

    1. Pancho Villa Taqueria, San Mateo, San Francisco | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] El Tonayanse (San Francisco) or Taco Peralta (San Mateo) have better food.¬† Try Palo Alto’s Oaxacan Kitchen for gourmet Mexican [...]

    2. Birch Street formerly Bistro Elan Restaurant, Palo Alto | Foodnut.com Says:

      [...] found the best bet. Other restaurants we have reviewed  nearby include The Counter, Jin Sho, and The Oaxacan Kitchen. Two-page Wine list, glasses from $7.75, bottles from [...]

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