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Chichen Itza Restaurant

Chichen Itza Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
South LA, Los Angeles
62 Tips and reviews
  • tacos
  • poc chuc
  • yucatan
  • Pollo Asado
  • horchata
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  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 30, 2013
    It is always worth the drive south of USC to the Mercado la Paloma, if only to order a few of chef Gilberto Cetina's fantastic cochinita pibil tacos! Don't forget the house-made habanero sauce! Read more
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 5, 2013
    Their menu is a living, habanero-intensive thesaurus of the panuchos and codzitos, sopa de lima and papadzules, banana-leaf tamales and shark casseroles that make up one of Mexico's spiciest cuisines. Read more
  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachJanuary 12, 2017
    A great spot for Yucatecan food tucked away in a cool mercado. Get the panuchos. They’re a Yucatecan specialty: fried tortillas stuffed with refried black beans, turkey, avocado, and lettuce. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyAugust 4, 2014
    It has always been worth the drive south of USC to the Mercado la Paloma, if only to order a few of chef Gilberto Cetina's fantastic cochinita pibil tacos. Read more
  • Donald B.
    Donald BuleyJune 10, 2013
    My friends brought me here, and I had a great time. Wasn't terribly hungry but what I had tasted amazing. Will stop by this place if I see it anywhere near me. Definitely need to check out gift shop.
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SanchezJuly 23, 2017
    Pollo Asado plate is fantastic, when accented with their amazing habanero hot sauce.
  • Rong N.
    Rong NguyenFebruary 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The taste and flavor of Yucatan. Panuchos here is amazing. It is a crispy corn tortilla filled with black bean with turkey, onion, tomato and avocado. Hot haberno sauce is awesome n spicy!
  • DrinkCoba
    DrinkCobaApril 28, 2011
    A classy infusion of Yucatecan dining… Chef Gilberto Cetina has created an exciting menu from a wide array of cuisines…Try the Panuchos..they are warm and tasty center will have you asking for more!
  • AMW
    AMWFebruary 23, 2017
    Mexican market counter serving Yucatán style tacos and banana leaf tamales. Not far from USC's Coliseum and Exposition Park.
  • Malcolm B.
    Malcolm BedellMay 24, 2014
    The cochinita pibil is like a wormhole to the Yucatan, right here in South LA. It is exactly, 100% right. Don't forget a bottle of habanero hot sauce.
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SandovalMay 15, 2011
    We tried 4/5 of the tacos as a way to sample their best stews and grilled meats, instead of filling up on sides. Take a bottle of their own habanero hot sauce home with you.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LaneOctober 29, 2011
    One of the 3 best Peruvian places in L.A. (Mo-Chica) is also in the Mercado's food court, so you can hit 2 birds with one stone, if you're feeling especially gluttonous.
  • Dora C.
    Dora CrespínOctober 4, 2013
    Cochinita pibil and Tacos de Pollo Asado are wonderful!! Ask for horchata, they say is the same taste as mexican original horchata.
  • Aaron N.
    Aaron NAugust 24, 2014
    Cochinita Pibil is phenomenal. Pair tacos with Chaya and you won't be disappointed.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 7, 2013
    Chichen Itza serves Mayan and Yucatan-style Mexican food; opt for the cochinita pibil with a splash of habanero salsa.
  • Jennifer
    JenniferFebruary 23, 2016
    I love this place so much that I bought their cookbook before I left LA to move to Austin. Now that I'm back, I try to visit as often as I can. Nothing is bad on the menu.
  • Laura C.
    Laura ColvinSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    the poc chuc is my favorite, but you absolutely cannot go wrong here. with anything. one of la's finest!
  • farley c.
    farley crawfordFebruary 23, 2014
    jicama citrus salad! spicy and delish and only $3!
  • Graham K.
    Graham KahrAugust 23, 2014
    The panuchos are incredible. I also really liked the cochinita pibil and the fish tacos.
  • Chris A.
    Chris AbneyDecember 30, 2014
    The tacos were fantastic! Chicharron Tacos are the best!
  • Dahlia T.
    Dahlia TurnbullApril 15, 2016
    The horchata was fantastic and the food I can't pronounce
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    Chichén Itzá could pass for one of the better market restaurants in Mérida. Read more
  • Les C.
    Les ChiennesJanuary 24, 2011
    Thought the papadzules would make a good lunch choice but it is a heavily egged dish. Chichen would do well to change this item to their breakfast category.
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmpJune 10, 2015
    Pollo con cream de chipotle just kills every dish!
  • Teenie L.
    Teenie LiJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Cochinita Bibil, Pollo Asado and grilled fish tacos (rare special) are among my favorites. Every dish I've tried so far I have loved.
  • Glarence Z.
    Glarence ZhaoJanuary 17, 2016
    Chorizo, poc chuc, and turkey tacos were good, nice horchata as well
  • Azad A.
    Azad Amir-GhassemiJanuary 21, 2017
    yucatan food. tacos are big and delicious. plantanos are heaven
  • JT
    JTApril 3, 2016
    The cochinita pibil is soo good. Spicy habanero sauce fantastic
  • Stacey~Marie
    Stacey~MarieMarch 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cochinita Pibil - amazing!!! Can't go wrong. Explosions in your mouth!!!
  • Yunea C.
    Yunea CruzOctober 14, 2012
    Very eggy papadzules are wonderful with my Mayan coffee
  • Emmisaur
    EmmisaurMay 31, 2014
    pollo pibil, ceviche and horchata were excellent.
  • BlackboardEats
    BlackboardEatsApril 28, 2011
    Don't miss the cochinita pibil or the poc chuc (sour-orange-marinated mesquite-grilled pork loin)! Read more
  • Weezer M.
    Weezer MonkeySeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the chicharrones tacos if you don't see them on the specials chalkboard. Amazing.
  • Marisa M.
    Marisa MoranJuly 27, 2015
    Great food! Definitely not your typical Mexican food!
  • Les C.
    Les ChiennesJanuary 24, 2011
    The braza de reina is an amazing dish. Loved it, loved it! Goes great with their scorching hanerno sauce.
  • Ned W.
    Ned WardFebruary 19, 2012
    Buy their hot sauce - very good stuff. Both are different and good.
  • N G.
    N GameroSeptember 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best cochinita pibil!!
  • N G.
    N GameroSeptember 14, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cochinita pibil
  • jod k.
    jod kaftanApril 27, 2013
    The panuchos are amazing
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 31, 2011
    Come to sample Chichen Itza and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! Read more
  • Simple F.
    Simple FoodieJuly 30, 2017
    Panuchos, Pok Chuc, Cochinito Pibil
  • Yunea C.
    Yunea CruzOctober 14, 2012
    Cochinita Pibil w/ my Chiya drink
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 13, 2015
    A vendor at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2015!
  • Alec
    AlecSeptember 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Anything to drink? Jamaica, por favor!
  • Robb H.
    Robb HolmstromJuly 12, 2016
    Pollo asado is fantastic.
  • Ricardo H.
    Ricardo HernandezNovember 1, 2016
    Nothing impressive. Cochinita Pibil was really salty. Portions are ok. Aguas frescas are expensive. Service is good, though.
  • Mamita Mala
    Mamita MalaOctober 28, 2012
    Cochinita pibil was delicious
  • Teenie L.
    Teenie LiMay 15, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the ceviche, it is so good!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 29, 2010
    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • N G.
    N GameroOctober 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Cochinita pibil kibis Salbutes
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