Panxa Cocina is a New Mexican restaurant in Long Beach. In the space that was formerly Christy’s on Broadway, starkly gorgeous Georgia O’Keeffe-like motifs splash the walls as chef Arthur Gonzalez cooks New Mexican flavors you would have never known he was capable of when he was slinging chowder at the now defunct ROE Restaurant. It turns out that before Panxa Cocina and ROE, even before his stint at McKenna’s On the Bay, Gonzalez worked with chef Eric DiStefano of Coyote Cafe in Santa Fe, arguably one of the Southwest’s most iconic restaurants. And in bringing Long Beach closer to the Holy Land of fry bread and Hatch green chiles, Gonzalez gives a city full of seafood joints what it needs instead of more chowder.
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