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Recession Obsession: Mercado La Paloma

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it stays in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that so happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over Tandoori tacos, and KyoChon's Korean Fried Chicken. Today, we obsess...

Among Angelenos, LA is famous for culinary hotspots in non-descript areas. Travel south of Downtown, and near USC (but not too close,) and you'll find one of them: La Mercado Paloma. This colorful food court features a variety of Latin American tastes and one obligatory Thai joint. You can eat well here for under $10 bucks a person. It’s definitely LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.

A large mural marks Mercado La Paloma. If it wasn't for that it would be easy to miss this warehouse-looking building on the corner of 37th and Grand. Inside can be found: Burger Plaza Grill, Oaxacalifornia, Taqueria Vista Hermosa, Circle A Food Express, Lalo's Bakery, Chichen Itza, and Mo Chica.