Playa Amor sits in the middle of a never-ending shopping center in the Marina Pacifica neighborhood and, from the outside, looks like a knockoff On The Border. But Playa Amor is much more than that. This modern spot serves fantastic Mexican/Southwestern food in a low-key party atmosphere that’s great for anything from a low-key date to one-too-many margaritas with your friends. There’s a wrap-around patio facing a not-sad pond, live music on the weekends, and mole tater tots you’re going to want to get involved with.
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Sal’s Gumbo Shack
Like the name implies, Sal’s Gumbo Shack is a Long Beach go-to for gumbo. But there’s a whole menu of great Southern food, too.
Tito’s Bakery is our go-to for Mexican baked goods in Long Beach - but their burritos are even better.
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Mi Ranchito Veracruz
Mi Ranchito Veracruz in North Hollywood is home to some of our favorite tamales in Los Angeles.
Pink Taco in West Hollywood has sort of been forgotten about, but its happy hour menu has decent tacos and a very long cocktail list.
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The Attic is one of the most popular brunch spots in Long Beach, and home to the Mac N’ Cheetos, a dish that tastes much better than it sounds.
Sophy’s is a fantastic Cambodian restaurant in Long Beach and your first stop in the city’s Cambodia Town.
Enrique’s is an old-school Mexican restaurant in Long Beach, and home to a pork shank that will temporarily solve all of your life’s problems.
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