I love it when readers send restaurant suggestions. A few months ago Joe Ramirez, a man who claims to be picky about Mexican cuisine, told me about Rocio's Mole de los Dioses in Sun Valley. It took me a while to make the trek over La Tuna Canyon pass but now that I have, I think it's fair to say my life is permanently changed.
Nothing to look at from the outside, Rocio's is set in the proverbial mini-mall. Inside, it's charming. Punched-tin lamp shades and Zapotec artwork create instant ambience. The moment we walked in the door we were greeted warmly, escorted right to our table, and given menus. It made me realize how unusual it is to get such good service. The menu is well organized, yet the number of unfamiliar dishes made our heads spin. Our waitress patiently guided us around. We settled on the five-mole sampler as an appetizer ($9), requesting Chef Rocio Camacho's advice on which five (of 12) to choose.