Chichen Itza

Restaurants, Mexican South LA
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Chichen Itza

Named after the ancient Mayan site, this unassuming cantina, owned by celebrated chef Gilberto Cetina, specializes in affordable, authentic Yucatecan cuisine. Try the cochinita pibil (marinated pork), panuchos (miniature stuffed tortillas) and octopus tacos—though take our advice and administer the habanero sauce carefully: a single excess drop of the fiery liquid will have steam shooting out of your ears.

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Venue name: Chichen Itza
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Address: Mercado La Paloma
3655 S Grand Ave
Suite C6
Los Angeles
90007
Opening hours: 8am-9pm Sun-Thur; 8am-10pm Fri-Sat
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Chichen Itza is one of the many eateries and shops housed in the Mercado de la Paloma. They specialize in Mexican food from the Yucatán. I tried their tacos at an event and I fell in love with them. The pork was so tender and the habanero salsa was too die for - literally. It's so, so spicy but I love it!

After raving about their tacos to friends and family, I finally stopped by last month to experience their full menu. Everything sounded amazing so I tried a little bit from each section. I ordered the cochinita pibil tacos that I had tried before, got some panuchos and a ceviche tostada. The tacos tasted exactly as they had before. Meaty, juicy, tender: delicious! Panuchos are tortillas stuffed with beans, fried and topped with chicken tinga. They're crunchy, meaty and full of flavor. The ceviche tostada was - no surprise - great as well. Lots of citrus mixed with delicious fish and chopped veggies.

I loved everything about this place. The food is amazing and it speaks volumes of the chef and staff manning it. It's all made with love. I can't wait to go back and experience more of their food. It's as close as I'll get to the Yucatán, for now.