Food Fashion and Flow: Ortega 120   

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ortega 120

Chef Thomas Ortega does a great job of  taking the Mexican dining experience beyond the old standbys we all love, but are accustomed too. His name sake restaurant does a great job of marrying the farm fresh ingredients of California with the traditional flavors of Mexico. The restaurant has received critical acclaim and numerous awards including: Favorite Mexican Restaurant by the Daily Breeze and  "Top Ten Mexican Restaurants in America"

 Mexican food is always fun and festive. There are so many options and sometimes I think a lot of us forget that there is more to Mexican food than tacos and burritos.  Ortega 120 is located in the heart of Redondo Beach and offers all of those traditional favorites, but lots of other unique dishes that are a part of the chefs signature creations. Some of those mouthwatering creations are: pan seared Tilapia, Mole Ribs and a Latin Version of surf & turf with skirt steak and jumbo shrimp. My eating adventure started with chips, which were warm and fresh and salsa with just the right amount of heat. 

My mango Cadillac margarita was tasty and smooth and I usually prefer ice blended margaritas. It is not surprising that the margarita was so delicious considering that Ortega 120 has won numerous awards for their signature drinks and has created "Tequila University" which teaches patrons everything they ever wanted to know about Tequila including what the best appetizer pairings are. Everything I tried made my tastebuds happy, but what really stood out was a scrumptious appetizer called: Mexican style street corn. Baby corn fire roasted with a perfect blend of of dried pico de gallo, mayo and cotija cheese and so amazing I could have eaten a plate of these and gone home happy.  I indulged in a flavorful chicken torta with a side salad and had two sweet endings: Hot fresh churns with chocolate dipping sauce and homemade vanilla ice cream and warm Malasadas (portuguese donuts). Too good to even describe...

Fresh Salsa
Aren't fresh chips addictive? So hard to stop at one
Mango Cadillac Margarita

Mexican Style Street Corn

Look at the cheese, herbs and spices. So yummy

So you can tell I hated it by the empty corn cob, LOL

 If you have never tried a Torta, you are missing out on one of life's great pleasures:-)

The most delicious and flavorful salad with cilantro vinaigrette
Chicken Torta

 Chicken Enchiladas garnished with pickled onions

Mexican rice with fresh cilantro on top

Great atmosphere. Perfect for hanging out with friends or date night:-)

 Hot Churros with chocolate sauce and homemade ice cream
The homemade vanilla bean ice cream was de-licious!
Warm Chocolate sauce for dipping

 why stop at one dessert, when you can have two? These Malasadas (Portuguese donuts) with chocolate dipping sauce were the perfect after dinner treat.

can you imagine these with fresh coffee?

This ice cream was so good that I wanted to turn up this little serving dish and drink the remains, but that would have been unlady like huh? LOL

Try it for yourself and you will know what I mean:-)

Ortega 120
1814 Pacific Coast Highway
Redondo Beacch, CA


A Haute Mommy said...

This food looks amazing! I've been craving Mexican lately but haven't had the chance to go out to get some so I'll be making my own today. I just wish I was close to this restaurant. Yummy!

Anonymous said...

Everything looks completely delicious!

Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

Next time I go to LA I will try this restaurant!

High Heels & Good Meals! said...

OMG! This food looks deli-cious!!! Next time I come to LA, we've gotta hook up and go eating! LOL!

Carsedra McKoy said...

This food is making me hungry, it all looks soooooo good!!!

Carsedra of:

Cilla B said...

the meals look delish Dear

The Sexy Single Mommy said...

Not only does the food look so good but since it is a local spot, I will have to put it on my list of places to try. Thanks for this review. I want some of that corn. LOL!

Emmy said...

Oh my gosh! All the pics....nom nom! That torta is calling my name!

FashionFreak/Mihaela said...

omg that's nice!

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Sincerely Mally said...

Food looks tooo die for !!

Guru Uru said...

What a delicious review my friend, how did you know Mexcian is my weakness ;)

Choc Chip Uru

XxxLoveIsBeautyxxX said...

food looks great! would you like to follow each other in gfc? let me know!

Marie Young said...

Wow that food looks amazing. Especially that CORN! Way better than the corn man on the street selling it for $1. #jealous

DaFashionFreak said...

I'm amazed! God this food looks so so yummy!


DaFashionFreak said...

I'm amazed! God this food looks so so yummy!


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