Jonathan Gold's 101 Best Restaurants.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but I think the coming thing may be nasturtiums, and everything nasturtiums represent. Or wait: It could be vegetarian menus for carnivores. Or activated cashews, or $185 tasting menus that include spot prawns, seaweed and an interesting way to braise carrots...

— Los Angeles Times

La Weekly's 2014 99 Essential Restaurants

No wonder the line is always long at Chichén Itzá. Tucked into the back of Mercado La Paloma downtown, it’s as authentic an outpost of Yucatecan cuisine as you can find in L.A. The menu posted behind the counter where you order reflects a fascinating blend of cultures — Mayan, Spanish and Lebanese. Don’t miss Lebanese kibi, made with cracked wheat and beef patties fried so crisp they crackle in your mouth.

— Barbara Hansen

14 best Mexican restaurants in Southern California, by Jonathan Gold

The most serious Yucatecan restaurant in town is in a bustling cooperative marketplace near USC. 3655 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, (213) 741-1075;

— Los Angeles Times

5 Essential Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

The DMV field office near USC on South Hope might be the best DMV in Los Angeles. But that's not because the lines are any shorter, or the lighting any less raw. Instead, it has the distinct advantage of being across the street from the Mercado la Paloma -- and there, in this garment factory-turned-community space, you'll find Gilberto Cetina's Chichen Itza, a stand with an impressive menu of Yucatecan specialties.