Hole Mole, The Least Appropriately Named Mexican Restaurant in Long Beach

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As I headed down PCH recently after a trip on the Blue Line, I saw a small shack called Hole Mole. I was of two minds--was it a hidden Oaxacan gem, or was it a gimmicky pun, like Absolutely Phobulous?

It's the latter. They don't sell any Oaxacan food at all--and I'm not at all inclined to believe that they had a moment of Aztlanista pride in which they decided to name their restaurant after the Nahuatl word for sauce. What they sell is fish and shrimp tacos, and potato tacos, cheap.

Sure, there's plenty of stuff on the menus, but the signs all pointed to this being a fish taquería.

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The fish tacos were middling; certainly better than the Rubio's and Wahoo's of the world, but not the best in the region. The fish were better than the shrimp, which had too much batter for the protein involved.

No, what I liked was the potato tacos. They're 49 cents each, and while they're made with taco-sized tortillas (meaning small, 5-inch corn rounds), they're quite filling. What makes or breaks a potato taco is the sauce. Because the filling is so bland, the sauce needs to pack a real punch--so go for the spicy-hot chile de árbol salsa. Next time, I'll need to remember to ask them to stuff some cheese in the tortillas after they come out of the fryer; my own personal way of trying to replicate the Chronic potato taco.

The name, though, has got to go--it's just this side of false advertising.

Hole Mole, 421 Obispo Ave., Long Beach, (562) 439-2555; www.holemole.com. Also: 1327 E. 4th St., Long Beach, (562) 437-0878; 2125 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, (562) 597-7171.

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Whatever. More awesome food from Hole Mole for us.

MayhemInTheHood
MayhemInTheHood

My vegan Mexican restaurant Yo Soy Tu Soy is looking better every day.

Hap Auer
Hap Auer

"The name, though, has got to go--it's just this side of false advertising."

You don't have the name right. It isn't "Hole Mole" -- it's "Holé Molé." If that doesn't clue you into the kind of place it is, you should come down out of the hills more often.

JB
JB

That's very funny Mayhem.

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

No me bajaron del cerro a tamborazos, guy—and anyplace with "mole" in the name ought to at least sell the stuff, whether you're talking about sauce or rodent.

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

We know what the Molé means. What does the Holé mean?

Honeyman
Honeyman

'kay. And "El Pollo Loco" should only serve insane chickens. And you should only go to "Friday's" on that day (if at all).

According to you, "Hooters" is about the only restaurant appropriately named

Christian Z.
Christian Z.

Contrary to your poor examples (except for part of "El Pollo Loco") the name "Holé Molé' actually implies that it serves molé. I always thought it did until I read Dave's piece.

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