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Yucatecan places - Dommy? anyone?

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  • Jeroem Jan 25, 2005 06:04 PM
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Are any of these places any good? Has anyone tried them?
EL YUCATECO
977 N VENDOME ST
90026
LOS ANGELES

LA FLOR DE YUCATAN BAKERY
1800 S HOOVER ST
90006
LOS ANGELES


MARISCOS YUCATAN
3469 TWEEDY BLVD
90280
SOUTH GATE

LA FLOR DE MERIDA
5013 E ABBOTT RD
90262
LYNWOOD

CHICHEN ITZA
3655 S GRAND AVE C6
90007
LOS ANGELES

And Jonathan Gold says that Villas Durango serves some yucatecan food -
VILLAS DURANGO
5672 YORK BLVD
90042
LOS ANGELES

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  1. Of the ones that are listed on there, are two of my favorite and most authenitic...

    La Flor de Yucatan is an old family staple. It's mainly a bakery, and it has lots of goods from Yucatan (All styles of El Yucateco hot sauce, several premade recados and the ultimate Yucatan snack, Charritos!, which proudly proclaim on the package... 100% producto Yucateco... Hee... We Yucatecans are a VERY proud bunch...)

    Anyway, everyday it's a bakery... on weekends is when the food comes out. They sell Cochinita by the 1lb, Kibis, Epanadas, and two types of Banana leaf tamales. They also have rotating specials on a steam table. It's all TAKE OUT ONLY.

    I mainly go there for the Tamales… I perfer the Colados, which are nothing like the Tamales you know. It's made of a pure white mound of pillowy gelanous masa, inside the little mound is juicy tomato, chicken and herbs. It's ultimate Yucatecan comfort food. If you also get the other kind, the Firm (Vaporcito), be sure to ask for the tomato salsa that goes on top. That's thing about our Tamales, we top them in rich sauces made with roasted Habanero peppers, so the Tamales by themselves can be pretty bland…

    As a bakery their Pan Dulce is decent, they offer the traditional Yucatan pastry, an Hojaldra, which is ham and cheese sandwiched in puff pastry. It's like a flat stuffed croissant, pizza sized… And durring holidays, you can special order other traditional goodies (Like a Mucbil Pollo for Day of the Dead). I highly recommend it for the dishes I mentioned… and you never know what looks interesting to you in the steam table! :D

    For a true Yucatan Restaurant, the closest we have is Chichen Itza. Everything on their menu just makes me miss home SO much… I always strongly recommend it on the board because the Mercado La Paloma is a nice clean and safe place. There is FREE parking and the food is true Yucatecan style. Thi and other hounds have raved about this place. However, I must say, I still go La Flor because Chichen Itza is a little light on the seasonings. Yucatecan food is AGRESSSIVELY spiced. Next year's chow fiesta, now that I've easied you guys in with Cochinita and Pavo en Escabeche, I'm going to make Chirmole, which is a TOXIC recado that inorder to prepare I must open all windows and move the pets into safe quarters… Heh… I can't wait… ;D

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

    I've also tried Cochinta at several other places (Yucas, Loteria, Pacos, Taco Rosa), and NONE have come close to the right spice or juiciness of how the dish should be prepared (For example, the way I suggested it at the Chowfiesta, is to complete douse the tortilla in to the recado… it makes for messy eating but is SO good). Infact, the way most Yucatecans eat their Cochinita is in a Torta…. The nice dense bollo will then soak up all the juices of the recado, with the snap of the marinaded onions and tons of pork… it's sandwich HEAVEN…

    If you try any of those other places out, please let us know what you think! :D

    --Dommy!

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    1. re: Dommy!

      Last time I was in Seal Beach, I noticed a Yucatecan place that opened on PCH (Same center as Koi) ... does anyone know anything about it? LBQT?

      1. re: jen maiser

        Thanks so much for reminding me!! It's Yucatan Grill... I actually passed by it once and it didn't look TOO promising, but I guess you never know... I actually live near Seal Beach and will put it down on my list to try soon just for houndly experimentation... :)

        --Dommy!

      2. re: Dommy!

        Great post, Dommy! I'm going to have to hit up the Mercado La Paloma for lunch very soon. And La Flor de Yucatan sounds amazing!

        1. re: Dommy!

          I second the recommendation for Chichen Itza in the MLP. It's really good.

          1. re: Dommy!

            I'm going to try your suggestions. It's very hard to find real authentic food from Yucatan. The last time I had any was grandmas' cooking from 23 years ago. No one has come close. I once tried a place in Pasadena off of Green street and it was awful. I have seen the Flor de Yucatan on my way to the office in the mornings, but never stopped in. Make sure to forwarn those who eat relleno negro - I reccomend Sal de Uva shortly after dinner to settle the stomach. BUT IT"S GOOD

            Look forward to more suggestions.

          2. Anybody still around from this thread?

            Years ago I ate in a wonderful Yucatecan place in Mexico City. Had a dish called "panuchos con pollo y escabeche" -- seemingly tortillas fried so they puffed up like pita bread, and then stuffed with chicken and beans. Delicious!

            If I've recalled these correctly, are they available anyplace in LA?

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            1. re: Tony Miller

              http://www.chichenitzarestaurant.com/...