Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli
We love staying in the old
Historical section of
The city is easily walkable,
sometimes rerouting traffic to make a pedestrian street. There are many
to choose from. On one of these nights as we were wandering around, we were at
this corner where this unassuming restaurant was just packed.
"We gotta come back here
for lunch," we thought to ourselves. This place is Popular!
Well... guess what the name
of the restaurant is?
Restaurant La Popular
Located at the corner of
Manuel Garcia Vigil and Jesus Carranza, this humble little restaurant packs a
The menu is varied, service is attentive, and
pricing is local - meaning verrry affordable.
Logo outside La Popular Restaurant
Mexico's history is filled with one
revolution after another, so protestors, bullhorns, and the populace airing
grievances are common themes in art.
Inside La Popular Restaurant
The restaurant seats about 30 people.
With its three large doors giving natural
light and air circulation, this tiny place never felt small.
Notice the painting on the upper right hand
side of this photo. More on that later!
Menu at La Popular
Items on the menu run
from $1.50 to $20USD.
La Popular offers soups,
appetizers, local tacos, tlayudas and quesadillas as well as shrimp, pastas and
whole pork legs called chamorro.
Since we had just been
the markets and
is known for their moles, we wanted to order one of the city's famous dishes.
But it was hard to get past
all the other selections too. We'd just have to return again and try another
Chalk board menu of
Even though the printed
menu offered tasty local food, the special boards were intriguing.
This one listed dishes to
share as well as main courses.
Carnitas, Cochinita pibil
and Chamorro are all cooked pork dishes and locally celebrated.
Tasajo and cecina are dried
and salted beef, and chicken breast, octopus and fish filet are listed as well.
Quite a selection!
Oh yes. The painting.
Your opinion might differ, but I think this
artist's hallucinogenic expression is rude, lewd and crude.
I might not have cared one way or another,
but since we returned to La Popular several times, we tended to sit at similar
tables and I had many meals to look at and analyze this thing.
Maybe it's a creation by a local friend? a
brother? God forbid if it's the owner!
Another chalk board menu
Another specialty board,
this time listing salmon, eggplant salad, an octopus appetizer, Rib Eye, marlin
tacos, black mole, squash soup, and various mixed plates.
Just sounds delicious!
Holy moly, Chicken mole!
For our first meal there, we chose the black
chicken mole. It absolutely was the best we have ever had.
Black mole, among other ingredients, is made
with local chocolate. The chocolate in this sauce was so distinguishable that it
was simply heaven.
Along with tortillas, they gave us several
condiments, including lime, which I would never have used on this dish.
But Billy, being a chef, squished that baby
and WOW! What a wonder-filled difference!
At 90Pesos a dish, it was about $4.50USD.
Here is our bill for the 2
moles and 2 mandarina agua frescas, about $11USD before tip.
Prices were great, food was
No wonder this place is
Akaisha inside La
Ok, here I am in the
restaurant, looking at Billy and trying not to look at that Gawd-awful painting
that is directly behind him!
However, you can see that
this place is tiny and light-filled.
appetizer with pureed black olives
Being part Italian, I love
eggplant. When I saw this grilled eggplant appetizer I had to go for it. Melted
cheese, fresh tomato, a dollop of pureed black olives on top, this was served
with a small salad in the middle.
Fresh Octopus salad
Billy and I both love fresh
octopus straight from the sea. Whether it's grilled, marinated or in a
vinaigrette salad, we'll often choose it from a menu.
This salad was another
winner at La Popular.
This day, since we ordered
the octopus salad and the grilled eggplant salad, we needed just one more small
thing to fill up on our main meal of the day. We ordered Chamorro tacos - which
is such a tasty morsel.
Chamorro is a pork shank,
slow-cooked until it falls off the bone, similar to a pot roast.
This is a must-order if you
have never tried it.
Rib Eye steak, mashed potatoes, crisp
blue corn tortilla
In keeping with
showing you the variety that La Popular offers, at another lunch Billy chose the
rib eye with rosemary pesto and I had the Asian salad.
We really enjoyed this
little place and if you are ever in the Historical section of Oaxaca City, make
it a point to visit La Popular. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Would we return?
Manuel Garcia Vigil, Esquina Con Jesus Carranza
Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
512. 06. 2751
Open daily 1pm to 11pm
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