From tacos to tamales, these south-of-the-border spots serve some of L.A.’s top eats.

Chichén Itzá

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Ensconced in the Mercado la Paloma food hall, this quick-service eatery brings the Yucatán to the USC area. Favorites like the citrusy-hot pollo pibil (tender chicken legs cooked in banana leaves) and the Sunday-only lechón (slow-roasted baby pig) are so authentic that you’ll be surprised there’s no Mayan pyramid around the corner.

Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

Chichén Itzá

Ensconced in the Mercado la Paloma food hall, this quick-service eatery brings the Yucatán to the USC area. Favorites like the citrusy-hot pollo pibil (tender chicken legs cooked in banana leaves) and the Sunday-only lechón (slow-roasted baby pig) are so authentic that you’ll be surprised there’s no Mayan pyramid around the corner.

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Best Mexican Restaurants in Los Angeles

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With its proximity to the border, Los Angeles has a staggering selection of delicious Mexican restaurants—everything from taco stands to refined dining rooms, authentic recipes to modern interpretations, and Yucatecan to Oaxacan regional cuisine. These tried-and-true spots are a sampling of the very best.

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