Amor y Tacos

13333 S. St.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Amor y Tacos is a Mexican restaurant in Cerritos. Throughout the room, there are gigantic head shots of lucha libre legends and a cartoon rendering of El Chapulín Colorado, the inspiration for The Simpsons' own Bumblebee Man, plus a reminder to folks to try the crickets. In another corner is a framed portrait of the Dos Equis guy. Nevermind that he’s played by an American actor—Amor Y Tacos is still . . . The Most Interesting Restaurant in Cerritos. Try the”Mole tots,” a fruit basket’s worth of the cork-sized potato plugs, fried up crunchy and smothered in queso panela, shredded red onion, cilantro, sour cream and the mole sauce that chef/owner Thomas Ortega makes with 21 different chiles and spices—a concoction so complex you’d think it less Mexican and more Indian, as though garam masala were involved.

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  • 82. Mole Tots at Amor y Tacos
    Friday, July 3, 2015 at 6:09 a.m. by Edwin Goei

    Behold the beginning of our annual 100 Favorite Dishes countdown! Every day until the publication of our fantabulous Best Of Issue, we'll list our favorite meals this year in descending order. Enjoy, pass it on, and tune in daily! O...

  • On the Line: Thomas Ortega of Amor y Tacos, Part Two
    Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 7:33 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    What better time of the year to feature our chef subject than Valentine's week. It's safe to say there is something for everyone who walks through Thomas Ortega's front door. If you're wondering what's in the works, he dishes in tod...

  • On the Line: Thomas Ortega of Amor y Tacos, Part One
    Monday, February 9, 2015 at 6:33 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    Last week, I offered the latest secret menu items from a lucha libre-themed spot in Cerritos known as Amor y Tacos. This week, I have the pleasure of sharing my interview with chef Thomas Ortega. He provides insight on all things ta...

  • Secret Mole Menu at Amor Y Tacos!
    Friday, February 6, 2015 at 7:03 a.m. by Anne Marie Panoringan

    We don't often get a chance to dine beyond the orange curtain. But when we do, it's for a worthwhile reason. Take for example, Edwin's review of Amor Y Tacos in bordering city Cerritos last November. Well worth the commute through m...

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