One of my favorite things to do with my SO on a weekend afternoon is to have lunch and wander through one of the many small Seattle neighborhoods. It was freezing cold out, and starting to snow, so we decided to stay close to home.
La Carta de Oaxaca is a small Oaxacan restaurant nestled along Ballard Ave, there's usually a crowd and often a wait. Unless of course you go within 30-45 minutes of opening, or later in the evening. They do not take reservations, so we usually go with a backup plan, if we aren't patient enough to wait for a table. If we do end up waiting for a table there are a bunch of fun stores nearby to browse.
We have tried almost every dish on the menu, the only things I haven't tried are the Caldo de Pescado (Fish stew, with a whole fish head, acck!!) and the Lamb Birria, only because I am not a fan of fish heads or lamb.
My SO had the Enchiladas - These are far from typical Mexican Enchiladas - La Carta makes some of the best corn tortillas, fresh, in house. The Enchiladas are covered with a red chile sauce, fresh onions, parsley and Oaxaqueno cheese. Then it's all topped with an over easy fried egg and a drizzle of sour cream sauce. This dish is fantastic, I think it's my SO's favorite!!
Pork Mole Negro Oaxaqueno $9
I had the Pork Mole Negro Oaxaqueno - It's a small portion, but perfect for a light lunch. The Mole sauce is fabulous, you taste the sweetness and the spices and chiles with a hint of chocolate. The rice is seasoned as well and a perfect accompaniment to the pork. It's served with 2 fabulous corn tortillas. The pork isn't too fatty, and it's cooked until it's tender and falls apart. This dish is also made with chicken. They use the same Mole recipe for the filling of their Tamales, which are one of my favorite dishes at La Carta!
La Carta de Oaxaca
5431 Ballard Avenue NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday 11:30am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - Midnight