Being one of the best tacos vendors (actually, if I had to choose, Chichén Itzá served up the best taco of the event) I'd tried at Tacolandia 2015, I was rather surprised to find that this particular taco peddler was tucked away in the back of what can only be described as a pseudo-shopping mall near Koreatown. I guess the parking around there is bad enough that they deem it ok to not only offer valet parking, but charge $7.70 for the privilege. $7.70. Dang dudes, it's as if they think they got the holy grail in there or something. After audibly scoffing at the valet sign, I admittedly had a difficult time finding a street space, but I did about 3 blocks away. So there, take that valet people.
After making my way past a variety of novelty shops and uninspired-looking eateries, I made it to Chichén Itzá and looked over their menu. This restaurant specializes in Yucatan-style cuisine, which, if you're unfamiliar (I can't say I'm an expert), includes dishes that I would in my unprofessional perspective be simply described as variations on the kind of food you'd see from elsewhere in Mexico; tacos featuring egg and tomatoes or a lime-and-turkey tortilla soup. If my explanation seems inadequate, you're in luck, because Chichén Itzá sells cookbooks on Yucatan cooking. Kinda cool.
Anyway, I wanted tacos, kind of the point of the whole visit, so that's what I ordered. 2 fish tacos, a side of black beans, and a vaporcito (basically a tamale wrapped in a banana leaf). The tacos were perfectly balanced, and the black beans had seriously great flavor. I think the only thing disappointing about the vaporcito is that it disappeared so quickly, every tamale I've ever eaten until that one was just bigger, Chichén Itzá makes awesome tamales. The fried plantains that came with the tacos were delicious as well. Bam. Good food.
It's totally a tiny restaurant, complete with the hustle and bustle and service staff you'd see in any other brick-and-mortar establishment. I hope Chichén Itzá makes it outta that weirdly tucked away slice of shopping mall someday, they've got some real taco game.