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Great meal at Chichen Itza

blackbookali Aug 19, 2007 02:46 PM

Its nice to find a place that isn't mobbed with people for a Sunday lunch. That's what happens when you trade off a "Grove adjacent" restaurant for 6th and Rampart. Pulled up to a meter right in front of the place, walked in and the place was kind of dead. We were seated with menus right away. Complimentary chips had black beans, tomatoes and onions on top and were served with a very powerful habanero salsa. We ordered the appetizer platter which came with Panucho, Salbut, Kibi & Codzito. Between that and the chips pretty much filled us up, but I went ahead and hacked away at my cochinita pibil which was as good as the stuff Ive made at home using the "Once upon a time in Mexico" recipe. SO had the Brazo de Raina, also very good and had a great presentation. Even though it was dead it took awhile for the food to come out indicating to me that everything was made to order. Sincere, friendly service, a great looking space - I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

  1. Woolsey Aug 19, 2007 03:36 PM

    Try the Mercado la Paloma location next time. It's lacking in atmosphere, but the food's cheaper and, I think, better at the original. (Plus, there's a stand with Oaxacan ice cream for dessert.)

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    Chichen Itza
    3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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      Andrew Gore Aug 19, 2007 07:10 PM

      That's good to hear I have been wanting to try Conchita Pibil, and was planning to go to the Mercado next wknd to try it at the CI. Glad to hear that's a good place to go.

      http://www.mercadolapaloma.com/restau...

      1. re: Andrew Gore
        WildSwede Aug 20, 2007 07:47 AM

        Also, get the Poc Chuc. So good. I also really like their Sopa de Lima. The stand next to it has good Posole and you can get aguas at the stand in the middle (all of this at the Mercado la Paloma location),

    2. MeAndroo Aug 20, 2007 08:11 AM

      Loved the food there too. I was filling up on the complimentary chips and that awesome salsa and sangria, but still enjoyed my main course too. I want to try that Grand location, but the one on 6th is just so much more convenient for me. The way I understand it, the two locations have different menus and the one near USC is a bit cheaper.

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