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May 28, 2013 03:42 PM

Chichen Itza Not So Great

I was disappointed in this place. The pollo asado was too charcoal flavored and the portion was small. The cochinita pibil sandwich was only ok. The only highlight was the habanero salsa which you really needed given the rather mundane taste of the food.

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  1. I really like it. Maybe I will have to give it another try since I have not been recently.

    But I usually prefer the fish in achiote sauce.

    1. We loved going to the location near Mac Arthur Park on W. 6th St. Great food, wonderful room, and good service. Sadly its been gone now, having closed a couple of years ago. We took our time going to the original one at Mercado La Paloma, but finally went and it was totally forgettable on our one and only visit last summer.

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      1. re: JeffSD

        Totally agree. I loved the food at the larger restaurant (RIP), but the Mercado la paloma one shockingly served very mediocre food. I never went back, either.

        1. re: pley

          I loved the food at their standalone as well... but it was a completely different kitchen than what they have at the Mercado... I still love the food at the Mercado... but I keep it simple... My favorites there are the Lechon Tortas on weekend breakfast and the Mondongo. No better Mondongo in town...


      2. Never had the conchinita pibil in sandwich form, but the pork has always been tasty.

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          Yeah, I've found the entree version of the cochinita pibil to be consistently delicious. Haven't tried the sandwich. Also, they have that awesome spicy potato salad.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Cochinita tortas are a traditional way to eat it. Cochinita is often breakfast food on the weekends and putting in a traditional crusty torta (The ones at CI are EXCELLENT!) is a great way to eat it on the go. PLUS, a good cochinita is a little saucy and the bread soaks up the goodness!