I had the mole negro (black) which was sweet, slightly smoky. My husband had the spicier brown version, mole cafe. Both of us were very happy with our selections, which came with corn or flour tortillas, and the option to have it petite-- meaning without the rice and beans.
Our waiter seemed to be the owner, cook, and chief bottle washer. He appeared pleased to know we found his food tasty, but he did not engage us in conversation. Perhaps he had had a long day, but "front of house" is important and would have made the difference to me between 4 and 5 stars here. We were the only people in the restaurant, and he turned the "Open" sign off after we were served. There is no liquor license, so only beer and wine are offered.
We set out on foot to find this place on Ventura's Main Street-- almost giving up-- but glad we persevered. The surrounding area seemed a little sketchy at 8:30pm on a weeknight, but that may be due to the abundance of thrift stores, combined with empty streets. Don't let that deter you. Find this place if you're near Ventura.
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