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Eating Out - August 13, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

OAXACAN KITCHEN CLOSING ... The popular Mexican eatery near California Avenue in Palo Alto is calling it quits. It was a good two-year run for Ron and Zaida Kent, owners of Oaxacan Kitchen at 2323 Birch St. The Kents' main focus will now be on farmers markets and expanding into the wholesale business. "We're in six different farmers markets right now and we'll be moving into a commercial kitchen," Kent said. Ironically, Oaxacan Kitchen is reviewed in the August issue of San Francisco Magazine. It noted the restaurant's 23-ingredient mole sauce and its thick hot-chocolate dessert drink. Oaxacan Kitchen plans to serve its last meal in early September and a new restaurant, Birch Street Mediterranean, is slated take its place.

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Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Blow Dry Bar??? Isn't this a step backwards when ladies of leisure had time for a once a week trip for a shampoo, blue rinse and set? Or am I just showing my age?

Posted by Observer, a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2010 at 9:48 am

We heard that restaurant was good but when we tried it everything tasted just like what you get in any burrito place. Not bad but also nothing special. We didn't return. Sorry they didn't make it but it takes more than a decent burrito to pay Palo Alto rents. We would have gone back for a unique and delicious experience. Good luck to the owners.

Posted by Rosemary, a resident of Los Altos
on Aug 22, 2010 at 11:37 am

To the comment above about taking a step backwards - the answer is NO, we are taking a step forward! In our area women take better care of themselves beginning younger and lasting well into what used to be considered, "old age". HA, to old age. We want to look fabulous ALOT of the time. Halo will make that possible at an affordable price! Try might like it!

Posted by David B., a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Aug 29, 2010 at 1:26 pm

We love Oaxacan Kitchen, and will miss it dearly. In response to a comment above, the food there was FAR better than a typical burrito place - complex and delicious moles, excellent seafood, unique salads, nice wine list, and incredible desserts, all for reasonable prices. What bad news!

Posted by ethnic food, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

The problem is that Palo Alto diners are not very adventurous when it comes to ethnic food. They order Americanized food like burritos and miss out on the more complex and delicious authentic food that the better quality restaurants have to offer.

Same applies to Asian-style restaurants that use authentic recipes, then have a hard time competing with the bland Americanized "fusion" restaurants that serve food that looks Asian but tastes Caucasian.

The authentic restaurants would thrive in San Francisco where diners are more sophisticated and appreciative.

Posted by great, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Sep 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm

that was best mexican food than just about anywhere. very tasty and real tasting.

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