Playa Amor In Long Beach — PHOTOS

I recently got invited to try Chef Thomas Ortega’s newest modern Mexican restaurant Playa Amor in Long Beach. This new spot boasts some amazingly creative cuisine, old favorites, and beautiful cocktails from the man who has amassed a following from his other creations, Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach and Amor y Tacos in Cerritos. Many thanks to the chef and his staff for an incredible tasting and tour through the menu, which included the award-winning Mango con Chili cocktail, Mole Tater Tots, Grilled Octopus, Charred Brussel Sprouts, and the simple, but mind-blowing Hatch Chile Spaghetti.

Check out the beautiful and delicious dishes in the photos below!

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Mallory is the founder and foodie-in-chief of Couch Potato Cook. She is a writer and journalist based in Los Angeles by day, and a foodie in her spare time.