Our culinary journey in Oaxaca led us to a delightful dinner at El Tendajón, a recommendation we gratefully received from the family at Oaxacking. This hidden gem did not disappoint.
Admittedly, there was a bit of a wait for our food, but every dish that arrived was exceptional, making the wait absolutely worth it. We started with the ‘Trilogía de Quesadillas’ – fried quesadillas stuffed with quesillo cheese, chorizo, huitlacoche (corn mushroom), and squash blossom. Each bite was a burst of authentic Oaxacan flavors, a perfect start to our meal.
The ‘Pesca del Día’ was a standout dish. It featured mahi-mahi fish served with cegueza (a unique mole made from toasted and cracked corn with dry chilies), roasted vegetables, and herb-scented oil. The flavors were exquisite, with a perfect balance of earthiness from the mole and freshness from the fish.
We also had a tortilla strip soup, whose name escapes me, but not its taste. It was comforting, rich, and packed with flavor.
And then there was the octopus taco – tender, perfectly cooked, and very satisfying.
Every dish at El Tendajón was a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Oaxaca. It’s one of those places you might never discover without a local’s insight, and we’re so glad Oaxacking pointed us in its direction.
If you’re ever in Oaxaca, El Tendajón is a must-visit for an authentic, flavorful dining experience. Location is at Calle de José María Pino Suárez 409, RUTA INDEPENDENCIA, Centro, 68000 Oaxaca de Juárez, Oax..