Disclaimer: I was invited to La Teca by a friend of the owner so I can't say our experience was "typical" but I truly don't think they went and cooked anything just for us. Some of the food we had takes hours to cook so I am quite sure we were served the same food anyone else would have been. Also, I read a few of the comments on here. Yes this IS a house reborn as a restaurant but I see that as part of the charm of the place not a detractor. There are two separate dining areas. What would be typically called the "restaurant" is small with maybe three or four tables. This area used to be the driveway/garage and it has been completely converted into a cozy dining spot. Adjoining this is a larger patio available only by reservation for slightly larger groups. This is where we ate.
Also, while La Teca is in the Capital City of Oaxaca, their food style is from the Isthmus area so it is slightly different but every bit as tasty.
There were six of us and we went the "sampler" route. Rather than each ordering a main entrée we opted for sharing all the dishes by taking small portions of each. We got to try "garnachas" (very much like miniature sopes), sweet and savory tamales, "estofado" (very slowly braised, fork-tender beef), short ribs, and several other delicious dishes. All the food was good to excellent. The service was very good with the wait staff removing our individual plates at any time we were about to switch from one dish that would clash with another.
Because we were with friends of the owner I can neither discount nor confirm the critical comments from a few dissatisfied people on here about the bill or such but I can say that the food is excellent and very much worth trying. Yes, it is out of the main downtown area so take a cab (about $10 split however many ways are in your party) and enjoy the fact this used to be a house and it is now a charming food establishment. If you are worried about being overcharged or misinterpreted then by all means discuss this beforehand with the service staff, but, isn't that true for most places in Mexico?
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