Sep 12, 2023 - Food and Drink

Las 15 Salsas offers a taste of Oaxaca in Sunnyslope

A large crispy tortilla covered in beans, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and several meats.

Photo: Jeremy Duda/Axios

I'd never heard of Las 15 Salsas Oaxacan Restaurant before someone recommended it recently, but it sounded delicious, so I decided to head to Sunnyslope for lunch last week to check it out.

What I ordered: Tacos, burritos and enchiladas are always great, but since the restaurant specializes in the distinctive cuisine of Oaxaca, I asked for some recommendations.

  • I picked a tlayuda, a large, crispy tortilla covered with black beans, meat, cheese and other goodies, similar to a tostada.
  • Rather than choose just one meat, I ordered the combination tlayuda with three meats — chorizo; cecina, a salted and dried pork; and tasajo, a thinly sliced grilled beef.

The verdict: This thing was the size of a large pizza! I couldn't finish it, but given how delicious it was, I tried my best.

  • The combo was the right choice. I'm a lover of chorizo but was unfamiliar with cecina and tasajo, which gave the giant Oaxacan dish a variety of flavors.

What's next: I noticed they had red mole on the menu. When I mentioned to my server that I didn't know there was such a thing, she brought me a cup of it to dip tortilla chips in.

  • It tasted similar to its traditional counterpart, but with a little more zing. I can't wait to go back to order a full meal with it.
  • They also have yellow mole — which I'd also never heard of — so I'm going to have to make at least two more trips back to Las 15 Salsas. I suspect there will be many more to come.

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