Like many La Morada first-timers, I'd come for the mole. Only after lunch did I notice a waitress ladling sauce over a sandwich; it reminded me at once of a torta ahogada that I'd messed with out in Oakland. On a return visit, I ordered a pambazo ($7) of my own and found it full of chunky chorizo and potato, plus a few slices of avocado; a squeeze bottle of sour cream stood at the ready, too. The red sauce that had soaked into the sandwich bread proved thicker and less spicy than that of the torta ahogada; the wadded-napkin count was about even.
From that initial lunch: a jalapeño-inflected mole verde ($10), made with chicken and accompanied by rice, beans, and (not shown) tortillas. As noted by Chris Crowley, who pointed me to this Oaxacan restaurant, La Morada prepares many less-common moles, though just two or three each day, and some only by special request. Poblano, sure; verde, you've seen; but also mole negro, mole amarillo, and mole Oaxaqueño, moles based on guaje pods and pumpkin seeds, and a mole blanco whose ghostly presence even Crowley may not have sighted.
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