Angelenos gathered at Guelaguetza, a traditional Oaxacan restaurant in Koreatown, to watch the world cup match between Mexico and France. It was standing room only at the usually spacious restaurant. Patrons sat squeezed together at long tables and joined in team chants, the wave, and spontaneous bouts of outrage or joy, depending on the game. The waitstaff ran around frantically, delivering change, buckets of cold beer, and big plates of Mexican pizza (a Guelaguetza specialty) to the hundreds of people there.
Celebrity chef Ludovic "Ludo" Lefebvre was there, and one of only two France fans at the restaurant. Ludo and his companion quaffed glasses of red wine while everyone else enjoyed Coronas, tequila shots, and margaritas.
The game was projected onto an 150-inch screen that served most of the fans, while guests sitting at the bar and the back of the restaurant were served by smaller flat screen TVs around the room.
The Scene at Guelaguetza
Ambience: raucous celebration
Food: don't miss their award-winning moles
Service: great if you can get it
Kid Friendly?: toddlers practice soccer moves at the back of the restaurant