When you make your first visit, the person behind the counter may politely offer to explain the cuisine at Las Cazuelas, since it’s a neighborhood Mexican restaurant without a lot of the tacos and burritos we’re most familiar with. But don’t be intimidated or apprehensive; everything here is delicious.
This charming weeks-old restaurant specializes in food from the city of Puebla, and that means there’s amazing mole, rich and rustic, drenching chicken enchiladas in chocolaty, nutty, mildly spicy flavors. There are hearty sandwich options, perfect for fall lunching, including chanclas, slider-sized bolillo rolls filled with more shredded chicken and avocado and drizzled with a chorizo-infused sauce. These are incredibly juicy but worth the mess, as is the full-sized torta de pierna, a puffy submarine-shaped sandwich crammed with adobo-style roasted pork with avocado and a stick-to-your-ribs spread of refried beans.
Las Cazuelas does breakfast, too: Try traditional huevos rancheros or the scrambled version, huevos a la Mexicana, with more beans, chilies and tomatoes. A slightly sweet twist on traditional Mexican street corn is available as well. No matter your order, eating here feels like visiting an old friend whose mom happens to kick ass in the kitchen.
Las Cazuelas 9711 S. Eastern Ave., 837-0204. Sunday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.