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Mexican Legend Chichen Itza Expands With New Yucatanean Seafood Stall

The upcoming Holbox hits Mercado la Paloma next year

Chichen Itza at Mercado la Paloma
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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

There’s (soon to be, at least) more to love at the Mercado la Paloma in Historic South Central, as LA Weekly reports that the folks behind famed Yucatanean Mexican food specialists Chichen Itzá have plans to expand.

Though they won’t be leaving the market proper, owner Gilberto Cetina says that the company will be embracing a seafood angle in their cooking. That means starting up an entirely new stall near the original, operating under the name Holbox, where the team can prepare a variety of Caribbean seafood specialities like conch and dogfish, without losing flavors like habanero and achiote peppers, true backbones of Yucatan cooking.

The plan, says the Weekly, is for Holbox to rotate a menu of ten or so dishes at at time, serving them all from a small seafood stand that offers counter seating. Those plans are in motion as of right this moment, which currently puts the exciting new Holbox on a path to arrive sometime in February.

Holbox at Mercado la Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA