Oaxaca is perhaps the best Mexican food in the city and at most times you are bound to face a line before you get a seat at one of the communal tables. If you're lucky, there will be room in the tiny bar to catch a margarita while you wait. It is not a bar you would go to just to go to bar, but they do have pretty good margaritas while you are waiting for the excellent food. The food is served in small, tapas form, so you will want to select about three items, and make sure that you include the mole. (For the same great food with a bit more emphasis on the bar, see its sister restaurant on upper Queen Anne.)
Historical notes: Oaxaca is in a building that is at least 112 years old and has hosted bars since at least shortly after prohibition. A bar owned by Joseph Brown is listed here in 1935. By the 40s, it was Chet's Log Cabin and by the late 40s and into the 60s the Alaska Log Cabin. In the late 60s and early 70s it was Fisherman's Inn, and by the late 70s and into the 80s it was Bebop, then the Barge Inn by 1985.
Est. Nov 2003 - Building constructed: 1900 or earlier
Previous bars in this location: Barge Inn, Bebop's, Chet's Log Cabin, Alaska Log Cabin, Fisherman's Inn
Web site: lacartadeoaxaca.com - facebook
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