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How Thomas Ortega is redefining what Mexican food looks like at Playa Amor and Amor y Tacos

How Thomas Ortega is redefining what Mexican food looks like at Playa Amor and Amor y Tacos

If you have been following the Chicano Cuisine guys, the homegrown chefs who have embraced Mexican American cooking that represents the tastes of Los Angeles, you know that their restaurants are some of the most vibrant in town at the moment, as happy to embrace the churro as an elaborate Oaxacan mole, their mom’s barbacoa as a plate of marinated clams. Carlos Salgado, Ray Garcia and Wes Avila have all placed on top 10 lists, earned national attention for their creative dishes and cooked in festivals around the U.S. and Mexico.

To the list, you should probably add Thomas Ortega, a veteran of Spago, Lucques and Water Grill who has run Ortega 120 in Redondo Beach for the last...

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