Postcard from Oaxaca, Mexico: Favorites on the food front
The Mister came across a blog post somewhere online that read, “La Biznaga is the reason I moved to Oaxaca.” Can’t find that post, but we feel almost as strongly about the place. Casually comfortable, a diverse menu and hands-down the best, most generous and potent margarita we have ever had anywhere.
As during our prior visit a year earlier, our other favorite spot is Los Danzantes. Danzantes is more upscale in service and price, but still avoids feeling stuffy.
Since writing about food in Oaxaca numerous times in 2013, I’ll just let photos speak for these two restaurants.
La Biznaga Mazunte, tuna with asparagus, roasted tomatoes and avocado
Los Danzantes quesillo fundido with huitlacoche, epazote and serrano chiles
Los Danzantes rosemary flavored creme brulee
Los Danzantes grilled flank steak
Los Danzantes seafood chilpachole
Los Danzantes creamy rice with purslane
La Biznaga Zandunga, chicken breast wrapped around plaintain in guava mole
Los Danzantes roasted watermelon and tomato salad
Los Danzantes grilled octopus with roasted beets
La Biznaga margaritas
La Biznaga las calendas, hoja santa stuffed with quesillo, zucchini blossoms and poblanos
La Biznaga squash soup with ginger
Los Danzantes shredded chicken with Candy’s red mole
La Biznaga susto, coconut flan in caramel and mezcal suace
Los Danzantes mashed plantain filled with Ismo-style wedding stew
La Biznaga La Tehuana, watercress, pear and roquefort salad
La Biznaga Geulaguetza, chicken breast with purslane, cacti, sweet potato chips and black mole
La Biznaga Turista, nut-encrusted redfish over salad
Los Danzantes, hoja santa stuffed with goat cheese
Los Danzantes, chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese
I promise the Mister and I did not consume every bite of these during our month-long stay. Some friends joined us part of the time, so we had the opportunity to sample some additional dishes.
And, if you ever hear we have packed up and moved to Oaxaca, blame it on La Biznaga.