El Moctezuma Restaurant

12531 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840


  • Daily 9am-9pm
  • $
  • Kid Friendly, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available, No Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
The only constant of the El Moctezuma family is the quality of food: excellent, the standard Oaxacan feasts of moles, brick-big tamales, ropy quesillo (the milky Oaxacan cheese that's like string cheese on growth hormones) and dishes that have yet to enter the American Mexican lexicon outside of froufrou Rick Bayless acolytes. The easy dish to order is the tlayuda, a gargantuan tortilla crisped, blackened gracias to a vigorous smearing of lard-spiked black-bean paste, and then topped by shredded cabbage, unmelted quesillo and your choice of meat.

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  • Eat This Now: Tlayuda at El Moctezuma #2
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 11 a.m. by Dave Lieberman

    Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim and Garden Grove is well-known as a black hole of good food, being lined with every chain America could come up with. Eventually, though, the beige sameness peters out, and by the time you cross Lampson A...

  • Get This In Your Belly: Coloradito de Puerco at El Moctezuma #2
    Tuesday, January 25, 2011 at 9 a.m. by Dave Lieberman

    I've been to El Moctezuma many times. I'm slowly working my way through its menu of Oaxacan specialities such as memelas; tlayudas; huge, banana-leaf-wrapped tamales; and of course plenty of moles.Until we took a visiting Marylander...

  • Mondo Molotes at the El Moctezuma Empire
    Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 3 p.m.

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