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23 June, 2006

Holé Molé

Unlike other Mexican street food chains which dot the SoCal landscape, Holé Molé only has two branches, both of which are in Long Beach.

Their second location on Pacific Coast Highway joins a 7-Eleven, a donut shop and dry cleaner, in a spot vacated by one of those awful buck-a-plate Chinese fast food joints.

Though numerous Holé Molé menu items are barely over a buck, it's certainly a cut above its poor predecessor. With its food so good and prices so low, I sometimes wonder how it stays in business.

Take for instance the beef taquitos above for $1.99. Hot and crispy, they were filled with flavorful shredded beef, and come with a generous dollop of pico de gallo and guacamole.

Or how about this ginormous vegi-burrito for $2.89, filled with lots of rice and all sorts of fresh, crunchy veggies; so good with fresh, fiery hot salsa.

These ensenada-style fish tacos are a steal for $1.45 each, filled with crispy white fish dipped in batter, topped with shredded cabbage, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and cream sauce.

Below, the tacos al pastor and carnitas for a $1.25 each were flavorful, the soft corn tacos generously filled with marinated pork chunks and shredded pork, respectively, and studded with chopped onions and cilantro. Great with salsa verde.

There's a bit of wait at Holé Molé since everything is cooked to order, but it's worth it. They also make their own horchata (cinnamon rice milk drink) fresh daily and is the best I've ever tasted. They also offer a wide selection of Mexican bottled drinks like Jarritos and Sidral and Senorial. If you feel like a hearty breakfast, they offer some great breakfast burritos, too.

Holé Molé
5109 E Pacific Coast Hwy.,
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 985-1005

posted at 12:28 PM by City Muse


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