#23 San Jalisco: Chicken Mole


The Place:

We like taquerias.  Places like El Farolito, La Taqueria, Papalote where you wait in line, order, and then grab your food when your number comes up.  It’s easy, fast, and represents most of the Mexican restaurants you come across.  We however, kinda prefer the classic sit-down style which is a little more rare in the city.  Something like Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant, where you get to enjoy the ambiance and explore the always excellent wall decor (from family art to interesting sculptures to sombreros), and generally take your time before wolfing down your food.  San Jalisco, tucked out in the Mission, is one of those places where you instantly feel comfortable and warm.


The Dish:

San Jalisco makes The List for a few different dishes; their mole, chilaquiles, and albondigas soup.  The one we went for this time was the Chicken Mole (along with the Chili Verde Pork).  It comes with the classic setup of rice, beans, and corn tortillas (all food should come with these things…..ok, maybe not ALL food).  We’re not sure if we’re not big fans of mole in general, or not crazy about this one in particular.  It’s very rich and very sweet, almost overpoweringly so.  We tempered it with some hot sauce and salsa, but there was still a flavor we just weren’t wild about.  This isn’t to say that the food at San Jalisco isn’t good, because the chili verde was fantastic.  This dish just may not be in our wheelhouse.

The Verdict:

While this dish didn’t exactly make the grade for us, the rest of their offerings more than make up for it.  If you enjoy the simple sit-down style of Mexican dining, San Jalisco is a great option.

Dig In,

A & K


  • Aunt Tina

    March 27, 2015 at 2:17 am Reply

    I am not a fan of Mole either for the very reasons you described…Rich, too sweet and just not my dish. Glad, however, you found another good dish to enjoy!!

  • Mark

    March 27, 2015 at 2:37 am Reply

    The tortillas look handmade…?
    Makes me reminisce of Olvera Street in LA where the ladies are pounding those things out day after day.
    And you went for a Modelo instead of the typical Corona with lemon/lime…

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