Filling the space of that pho place across from Machiavelli that was always sadly empty, La Cocina Oaxaquena is much less so, probably due to its reportedly good Oaxacan food and staying open until 2 a.m. While LCO is not officially connected with the famous/great La Carta Oaxaca (and its siblings Mezcaleria Oaxaca on Queen Anne and Capitol Hill), one of the owners used to be a manager there, and the menu is much the same.
La Cocina Oaxaquena
1216 Pine St,
Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 11 am-9 pm
Air Conditioning, Bar/Happy Hour, Dinner, Good for Groups, Late-Night Dining, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Takes Reservations
Full Menu, Happy Hour, Snacks Available, Dog Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Air Conditioning
Cocktail Lounge, Neighborhood Joint
Daily 4-6 pm; Mon-Thu, Sat 10 pm-midnight ($4-$7 food items, $4 beers, $5 wells, $5 house wines, margaritas, $10 half carafe of sangria).