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Photograph: Courtesy Guelaguetza

The guelaguetza is an Oaxacan dance; its use as the name of this restaurant serves as a reminder that the food served here differs from classic Mexican. The speciality is meat (chicken, beef or pork) served with richly fragrant and spicy sauces called moles, which use fresh-ground herbs and chocolate to create a depth of flavor. Try the seafood stew or a tlayuda, a strange pizza-like corn-cake, with a fresh juice.

Venue name: Guelaguetza
Address: 3014 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am–10pm; Sat 8am–11pm; Sun 8am–10pm

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Kate W

This cavernous restaurant is super packed and super loud (even when the live band isn’t playing, though they almost always are).It makes sense, since the service, music and food are all great—especially the food. This place is known for their mole, and even if you aren’t the biggest fan, try the red sauce that comes on your complimentary tortilla chips; then decide. Tip: Skip the fried crickets. They’re underwhelming, and you get a mountain of them that you’ll never finish—trust me.