Thanks to Thomas Ortega for opening a fun, and very good, Mexican restaurant in Cerritos. It's Amor y Tacos (Love and Tacos), a cheerful, happy place (above) with innovative, interesting food.
You can learn more about it in my story for LA Weekly's Squid Ink.
Whatever you order, don't miss the Oaxacan coloradito mole. It's so good that Ortega ought to package and sell it.
The drinks list includes fun cocktails made with mezcal and tequila and plenty of beer. And you might get in on an experiment, such as Ortega's mezcal infused with roasted strawberries and jamaica (above).
Behind the drink is the South East Dog, which involves such tasty things as short rib chile colorado, chicharrón, queso fresco, shaved red onion, cilantro and, of course, mustard.
Amor y Tacos, 13333 South St., Cerritos, CA 90703. (562) 860-2667.