Yesterday, in the middle of the 2012 Seattle Snowpocalypse, I realized that I was almost out of food, and I was STARVING. Not wanting to slowly wither away as the storm worsened, I headed in the direction where I could feed my hunger – not towards the grocery store, but towards Ballard Ave. As I used my inner strength to push me towards the street, I noticed hardly anything was open! The Tractor? Closed. Hattie’s Hat? Closed. The People’s Pub? Closed. My stomach growled.
As my eyesight blurred, my friend spotted a snowman, wearing a sombrero. Was it a mirage? I inched closer and saw a beacon of light; the snowman belonged to La Carta de Oaxaca, and the restaurant was OPEN and there were actually tables available! I have been meaning to try La Carta de Oaxaca for months, but every time I walk by, it is completely packed. So, you know it must be good. After warming up with La Carta de Oaxaca’s food, I found out it is one of the best restaurants in Ballard.
First off, the food is incredible. I ordered the mole enchilada, which arrived with a fried egg, showcasing how authentic La Carta de Oaxaca is. I bit into it and I could feel my taste buds smile. It came on a smaller plate, so I thought it wouldn’t be enough food; I left the restaurant stuffed! My friend ordered molotes, potatoes and beef sausage wrapped in fried homemade tortillas. Those were filling and incredible; you can always tell when something is homemade too. Muy bueno. My other friend ordered posole, a pork and hominy stew. That was also delicious. La Carta de Oaxaca also boasts a salsa bar, which is apparently very common in California. It’s fantastic to have salsa made out of fresh veggies for your meal. It’s 10x better than the Azteca salsa, which comes from who knows where.
Along with being delicious, La Carta de Oaxaca runs an honest business. As we were sitting down and removing our many layers of coats, a $100 bill flew out of my pocket and I didn’t notice. An employee picked it up and asked if it was mine. He definitely got a big tip due to his honesty!
La Carta de Oaxaca is a great place to go to warm up in the winter or to cool down in the summer. The food is incredible and the service is amazing. It’s a bit pricey but worth every penny. It’s a fantastic place! It is packed for a reason, but it certainly isn’t something to be missed.