Food and Drink

Where to Find the Best Street Food in Oaxaca

Filmmaker Mohammad Gorjestani describes his favorite memelas.

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The best street food?

Oaxaca City, Mexico, blew me into another reality of what street food could be as a daily routine and lifestyle. There are so many spots to get memelas, tlayudas, tamales, tejate, you name it — and not to mention the meat halls that are an experience of their own. The quality of the food is incredible at every single stop. If I had to pick one spot, it would be a stand on the corner of Jesus Carranza and Calle de Manuel Garcia Vigil; it’s run by three sisters who, from morning 'til about 3 p.m., crank out the most amazing gospel that are memelas. I would recommend eating everything that comes off their comal [griddle].

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Mohammad Gorjestani

Mohammad Gorjestani is an Iranian-born filmmaker, creative director, and producer best known for "Exit 12," "Refuge," and "Sister Hearts." His work has earned notable recognition including the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW, a Cannes Lion, The Tribeca X Award, 6 Webby Awards, and the Vimeo “Best of the Year” award. He is one of the founders of Even/Odd, a San Francisco and Los Angeles based creative studio.

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