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Chichen-Itza - Yucatecan food

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Chichen-Itza - Yucatecan food

Jeff P-S | Nov 4, 2002 04:28 PM

Chichen Itza is one of the "stalls" inside the community market "Mercada La Paloma."

Stumbled on to it looking for a quick breakfast on Sunday morning. Brand new building faintly reminiscent of farmer's markets like Reading Terminal Market in Philly. Two very intriguing restaurants in the back -- chose the more unusual of the two (other was a taqueria).

I had a huevos rancheros variant -- perfectly fried flat corn tortilla on top of black beans, with a fried egg of the identical shape on top, with a light tomato sauce poured over the whole thing, and slices of plaintains surrounding it like a pinwheel. Gorgeous presentation. In all it's a surprisingly elegant place -- I believe the man who took my order was the owner, and they seem to have a big catering business. (The whole kitchen was already busy at 8:30 and I was basically the only person in the whole market...)

Very impressive menu with items I'm entirely unfamiliar with -- the tamale with ground roasted pumpkin seeds and spinach is calling my name on a future visit.

Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-748-1963
8am - 6pm

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