Saturday, March 29, 2014

Amor Y Tacos: High End Mexican Food in Cerritos

I never thought I would be eating anything in Cerritos, a name I had only associated with car dealerships before. Now, the group from Ortega 120 down in Redondo Beach has opened Amor Y Tacos - in a strip mall, of course. The interior is fun and spacious. 

As soon as you walk in, you see them making fresh tortillas. Good sign!

A popular appetizer is the Mole Tots ($7.50): crispy tater tots, 21-ingredient housemade mole, queso fresco, cilantro, red onion, sour cream
Mole Tots
People put many things on tots, I wonder why no one had thought of mole sooner. I just wish they had put MORE mole sauce on this dish!

Charred brussels sprout, lime, cotija, roasted garlic aioli, red wine vinaigrette ($9)
This is one of the best brussel sprout dishes I've had lately. The sprouts were only lightly charred so it's not as blackened as other places, and I really like the flavorful aioli.

For the entree I tried the Chile Colorado de Short Rib ($15.25): 1/2 slow braised Angus short rib, New Mexico chile sauce, queso fresco, seasonal vegetables, cilantro. Add a sunny side up egg for $1.25 
The short rib was certainly tender but the sauce wasn't as spicy or flavorful as I was anticipating, in fact it was even slightly sweet. Because of the bolder appetizers, I wished this was spicier.

I came with a vegetarian friend and she ordered the Seasonal vegetable tacos ($10 for 3, comes with rice and beans)
Veggie Taco
I didn't try these but my friend liked it and I thought the price for the tacos were pretty reasonable for a place like this.

The dessert we got were these mole cookie ice cream sandwiches. They made the cookies with mole so it had a lot of spices and tasted almost like a Mexican hot chocolate!
Mole Cookie
I haven't really explored the Cerritos area, but it seems like Amor Y Tacos is certainly an exciting addition to the area.

Amor Y Tacos
13333 South St
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 860-2667
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