Saturday, January 30, 2016

Playa Amor

 I'm letting you in on an amazing secret: Playa Amor in Long Beach is absolutely delicious!! Thomas Ortega's new restaurant is just launching, and their website is still in "Coming Soon" mode. But it is definitely worth the trip now before word gets out and it's soooo packed that you can't get in. 

My friend had eaten at another of Ortega's restaurants, Amor y Tacos, and she was raving about the food. She somehow found out about the soft opening at the Marina Pacifica complex on PCH. There was no signage; we felt like the cool kids going to an exclusive invitation-only party. Once inside, it was bustling, and lots of other people were in on the secret. 

Here's what we ordered to share, from bottom to top - and in my personal order of favorites - charred Brussels sprouts with a drool-worthy aioli sauce; famous tater tot mole poutine with mole negro, queso, crema, cilantro, and onion (wow!!), New Mexico Hatch chile spaghetti, and veggie tacos. 

When are we going back?! Anyone?!

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