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OK, am I the last person to fall in love with La Flor de Yucatan? I know some Chowhound regulars are already under its spell and so we finally gave in and tried it for lunch yesterday.

Let me back up a bit.

After our dinner at Chichen Itza on Friday, we wondered if there was better cochinita pibil to be had in LA. After a quick search around Chowhound and some local blogs, I was reminded of La Flor de Yucatan and we had ourselves an impromptu cochinita pibil taste test.

From our home in Silver Lake, it was a quick drive down Rampart to this earthy location just west of Downtown. Let me first say that Marc, the "Cake and Food Consultant" is one of the kindest, friendliest, and warmest people one could meet. Marc chatted with us while we waited for our order, sharing his thoughts on Chichen Itza, his business, Chowhound, and Mexico. I was running through my list of single women I know in my head because, let me tell you, this guy is a catch. Who knows if he's single!

Onto the food, we shared an order of cochinita pibil tacos (4), panuchos (3), and a bolobones filled with cream cheese and jalapenos. I really wanted to love Chichen Itza and we actually thought the cochinita pibil wasn't half bad. Yet all it took was one bite of La Flor de Yucatan's cochinita and we knew we had found nirvana. Juicy, so tender, and loaded with citrusy notes, it was amazing. Honestly, I was full after one taco so the panucho was good but unnecessary.

Marc came out to the patio table where we were eating lunch to ask how we were enjoying everything. We happily told him that his little bakery easily topped Chichen Itza in many ways and we would be back and spreading the word.

M and I shared bolobones for dessert as we walked to our car. Our first bolobones, we loved the combination of flaky pastry with rich cream cheese and jalapeno. Sinful, but fabulous.

Review and pictures from our lunch are at : www.silverlakeboulevard.blogspot.com

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  1. I am dreaming about their conchinita pibil to this very day....I cannot wait until saturday morning when I get to eat there. Tremendous report!

    1. I like Chichen Itza (only been to the original location) but I love La Flor de Yucatan! My routine is Chichen Itza during the week and La Flor de Yucatan on the weekends. Marc is so sweet and everything that I've tried has been so tasty. The Cochinita is the best, Panuchos & Salbutes, the Hohaldra, Tamales with banana leaf wrapper and strained masa really good except once (my fault as we steamed them when they were frozen solid as a rock?), the 3-Leches Cake is my favorite and the Flan is pretty good too! Oh yea don't let me forget my favorite hot salsa on this planet, the GREEN Habanero Salsa!

      PS Please forgive my mis-spellings of the Spanish items, and thanks to Dommy! for sending us to La Flor for the first time. And to J. Gold for the Chichen Itza rec.

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      1. re: sel

        how is that salsa made?!

        1. re: kare_raisu

          I wish that I had their recipe but even if I did; I have never seen green habaneros for sale. I frequently shop in hispanic and asian markets and always scope out the fresh peppers, some Thai markets do have orange habaneros but alas no green ones!

          1. re: sel

            I do not know how they do it, but there are no green habaneros. The must us tomatilllos or other things as the base, the blend in the habs. I might see you this saturday, this sounds good.

            1. re: Burger Boy

              I'm sure Marc would be more than happy to explain the mystery of that green habanero elixir :) It is indeed quite potent!

              1. re: Burger Boy

                I believe that these peppers are green before they ripen and turn orange (or red, purple, chocolate colored or ...). Just like Thai bird chilis, serranos and jalapenos. I think I asked him about them when I first tried the salsa nearly 2 years ago and he said that he used green ones that were not available locally.

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        2. And now you know... :) Chichen Itza is a wonderful restaurant. I am very happy for them and wish them well. But they just seem afraid to take it to the next level, where the cusine should be. It doesn't terribly surprise me that this level could only be found in a small shop with a picnic table in the back. But it just shouldn't have to be...

          So glad you enjoyed it Sue!! The pictures are wonderful, but as you noted, the tastes are even better! :D

          --Dommy!

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          1. re: Dommy

            Sez Dommy!: "Chichen Itza is a wonderful restaurant. I am very happy for them and wish them well. But they just seem afraid to take it to the next level, where the cusine should be." I ditto the view, and I've urged it at Chichen Itza repeatedly.

            OK, guys at Chichen Itza, if you're reading this, now's the time to bring it! . . . and how's about some rotating specials, for those of us who've pretty much eaten their way through the existing menu?

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          2. Marc is the best!! I could have sworn that I have seen a ring on his finger in the past.... ;-) I have to get back there soon!!

            1. I'm not sure why so many adulate Chichen Itza--de gustibus I know--when La Flor de Yucatan delivers an altogether tastier (and cheaper) experience. Sure, Chichen has the atmosphere and is actually a restaurant, but La Flor's food easily outpaces Chichen and the people are certainly nicer. The cochinita taco was very good and juicy even though the actual meat was a touch dry; the panuchos were fantastic and would be even better with more pickled jalapenos. I can't wait to try their daily specials. Unfortunately, their baked goods, at least the pastry based ones, weren't quite up to snuff: the hojaldre, maybe just too strange and foreign to me, is a pastry filled with ham and cheese and topped with crunchy sugar. And lots of it. Same thing with the jalapeno and cream cheese popper (bolobon)--lots of sugar. The yam and coconut pastries however were very good if a little too chewy. Go for the savories--highly recommended.