Dine on a Dime: La Carta de Oaxaca

Look no further – traditional Oaxacan food awaits you in Ballard.

I was beginning to lose hope that there’s any authentic Mexican food in Seattle. Low and behold, a friend took me to La Carta de Oaxaca in Ballard and my faith is restored. You won’t find gobs of cheese piled on runny refried beans here – the food is fresh, well-seasoned and to top it off, inexpensive. The place can get packed, but the food and wait are worth it.

Meal steals: La Carta de Oaxaca’s three best dishes under $10

My date and I both had the mole negro oaxaqueno ($8), the house specialty. Rich, black chile mole is prepared with either chicken or pork and served with white rice and fresh, homemade tortillas.

The entomatadas ($9) are another favorite. Tasajo – grilled, thin sliced beef – in homemade tortillas and your choice of tomatillo sauce or red sauce with oaxaqueno cheese, onion and crema mexicana.

Another tempting choices was the empanadas  ($6), which are stuffed with yellow curry sauce, chicken or mushrooms and grilled in a tortilla.

Enjoy a Pacifico along with your meal and you’ll feel like you’re south of the border – especially while surrounded by the beautiful Oaxacan photography.

La Carta de Oaxaca | 5431 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle | (206) 782-8722