Mercado La Paloma

★★★★☆
  • 3655 S Grand Ave Ste 240

    Los Angeles, CA 90007

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  • 213-748-1963

About Mercado La Paloma

Hours
Fri-Sat: 8am-10pm, Sun-Thu: 8am-9pm

Food

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You wouldn't think much of this place unless you wandered in here by accident or a knowledgeable friend brought you. 5-6 different restaurants in a food court-type setting. I definitely recommend Chichen Itza (Mexican food from the Yucatan region, not your typical tacos and burritos) and Plaza Grill (best burger I have ever had). I do NOT recommend Thai Corner because I had food poisoning for the first time in my life after eating lunch there. The Peruvian restaurant is average. Chichen Itza is the BEST.

If you want to go for lunch, go a little before 12 because parking does get maxed out. Then you have to risk parking in the DMV lot.

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★★★★★

You wouldn't think much of this place unless you wandered in here by accident or a knowledgeable friend brought you. 5-6 different restaurants in a food court-type setting. I definitely recommend Chichen Itza (Mexican food from the Yucatan region, not your typical tacos and burritos) and Plaza Grill (best burger I have ever had). I do NOT recommend Thai Corner because I had food poisoning for the first time in my life after eating lunch there. The Peruvian restaurant is average. Chichen Itza is the BEST.

If you want to go for lunch, go a little before 12 because parking does get maxed out. Then you have to risk parking in the DMV lot.

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Long a favorite lunch spot for the denizens of the nearby museums and DMV, the Mercado offers a variety of culinary, shopping and viewing opportunities. Housed in a large warehouse, kiosks and stalls ring the central dining area, set up like a food court or cafeteria. While there is often turn over, the Oaxacan sandwich and juice place, the Yucatecan place (called Chichen Itza) and the Thai place are pretty much consistent staples. Shopping consists primarily of art, handicrafts, jewlery and clothing from Mexico and Central America. The Mercado also plays host to community events, such as Day of the Dead art exhibits.

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★★★★☆

Long a favorite lunch spot for the denizens of the nearby museums and DMV, the Mercado offers a variety of culinary, shopping and viewing opportunities. Housed in a large warehouse, kiosks and stalls ring the central dining area, set up like a food court or cafeteria. While there is often turn over, the Oaxacan sandwich and juice place, the Yucatecan place (called Chichen Itza) and the Thai place are pretty much consistent staples. Shopping consists primarily of art, handicrafts, jewlery and clothing from Mexico and Central America. The Mercado also plays host to community events, such as Day of the Dead art exhibits.

Pros: value, parking, variety

Cons: can be hot in the summer--no a/c

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I am surprised that no one has reviewed el mercado, but here is my take on it. There is plenty of parking and the parking lot is really close to the actual marketplace. Since it was my first time visiting, walked around and assessed all my options. From what I remember there is a Thai-Chinese food place, a taqueria, a restaurant that serves food form Yucatan, and a really neat juice and ice cream place. I decided to go for the quesadillas at Villa Hermosa, and I'm so glad I did. I actually ordered the quesadilla con flor de calabaza for 1.99 (delicious by the way). Next time, I will definitely go for the oaxacan ice cream and/or a fruit smoothie. P.S. The mercado is organized in a cafeteria style environment, so it's easy to sit pretty much anywhere you want.

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★★★★☆

I am surprised that no one has reviewed el mercado, but here is my take on it. There is plenty of parking and the parking lot is really close to the actual marketplace. Since it was my first time visiting, walked around and assessed all my options. From what I remember there is a Thai-Chinese food place, a taqueria, a restaurant that serves food form Yucatan, and a really neat juice and ice cream place. I decided to go for the quesadillas at Villa Hermosa, and I'm so glad I did. I actually ordered the quesadilla con flor de calabaza for 1.99 (delicious by the way). Next time, I will definitely go for the oaxacan ice cream and/or a fruit smoothie. P.S. The mercado is organized in a cafeteria style environment, so it's easy to sit pretty much anywhere you want.

Pros: good food, plenty of parking

 

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