Chichen Itza is a very popular Mexican restaurant (specializing in food from the Yucatan) located in the Mercado La Paloma, near USC downtown.
Mercado La Paloma is like a smaller, Hispanic version of the Grand Central Market. Food and shopping in a bustling atmosphere, all at your greasy fingertips.
Sometimes finding a seat can be difficult, so have a friend go and order (there are other establishments to choose from but Chichen Itza is your best bet) while you wait.
The day we went, there was a DJ playing very loud Tejano music, so take note if you’re planning on taking a date here. Or anyone you care to listen to when they speak. On second thought, this place could be an asset if you need to dine with nagging parents. Chesty, take note.
The Conchinita Pibil is the joint’s most popular dish and it is rich, spicy, satisfying and oh, very spicy. I really enjoyed it! It’s a very oily dish, in case you’re in the mood for something leaner.
The tacos were nice and big and flavorful. The way to go if you’re not as hungry.
If you’re a big fan of Mexican food and enjoy exploring variations of the cuisine, this is the place for you. And it’s near the Natural History Museum, in case you’re feeling like getting some culture up in ya, or just desire a really clean, judgment-free bathroom after all that oily food.
3655 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007