Exploring Chichén Itza – Los Angeles

We wandered into Mercado la Paloma because we were bored, hungry, and heard live music drifting out and decided to explore. Inside, the band was playing something lively, families were eating, dancing, laughing, and even the servers and busboys had a little rhythm to their steps.

Chichén Itza’s line was straight ahead so we decided jumped in. Chichén Itza is a family ran and owned specializing in Yucatecan Food. The smell wafting from the fully open kitchen was so enticing that waiting in line was such torture. It’s finally our turn and we ordered…


Tostada de Ceviche – suuuuper fresh and refreshing
Basa fish marinated in lime juice with tomato, onion & cilantro


Panuchos – puuurfect appetizer. The black bean puree was so good I wiped the plate clean just to make sure I got all of it.
Crispy fried corn tortilla, split and filled with black bean puree, topped with lettuce, shredded turkey, pickled red onions, and a slice of avocado


Tikin-xic – the sauce!! Omgggg this sauce was so good, I dipped everything I could in it. If they sold this sauce, I would buy a jar of it!!
Two 4 oz. Center cut basa filets marinated with lime juice and achiote, served on top of rice with grilled veggies and a citrus-achiote sauce


Whole Grilled Branzino – Life changing. The skin was so crispy, the fish was so tender and juicy, we order this every time we go.
Whole branzino butterfly cut and deboned, marinate with achiote and grilled over mesquite fire. Served with sliced avocado, pico de gallo, pickled onions, rice, beans, and corn tortillas

The long line made us order much more than we expected to. But we had zero regrets!! We ate eeeeeeverything, and then came back 2 more times that week so we could “show our friends”, but really we just wanted to eat there again lol.

Chichén Itza: http://chichenitzarestaurant.com/

For a complete map of all locations featured in this blog, please follow this link: The Grand Appétit Map


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