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One of LA’s Most Prominent Mexican Chefs Goes Fast-Casual in Long Beach

Plus closures galore, and brunch in West Adams

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Amorcito Taqueria
Amorcito Taqueria in Long Beach
Amorcito Taqueria
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Long Beach arrival

Popular Southeast LA chef Thomas Ortega (Amor y Tacos, Playa Amor) is adding another new restaurant to his repertoire this week. It’s called Amorcito Taqueria, and it opens inside the LBX Hangar property in Long Beach, a mixed-used development stuffed with other restaurant ideas. Unlike Ortega’s sit-down restaurants, Amorcito taqueria is all fast casual, doing sub-$3 tacos, burritos, fries, and the like. It’s also the first time Ortega will be doing al pastor at any of his restaurants. Amorcita is open now for lunch starting daily at 11 a.m. and running until 3 p.m. weekdays, 5 p.m. Sundays, and 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday night.

Cashless debates

Los Angeles Magazine has weighed in on the issue of restaurants going cashless. The topic has become a prominent one as restaurants from Petit Trois to Sweetgreen opt to only allow customers to pay with cards, but issues of access, affordability, and who cashless restaurants are leaving behind remain.

On the scene

Yellow Vase has opened a bright new location at South Coast Plaza in Orange County. The micro-chain does baked goods and cafe staples from omelettes to salads and sandwiches daily.

SOUTH COAST PLAZA. Tomorrow, we are yours! Join us in spreading the word!

Posted by Yellow Vase on Sunday, February 17, 2019

One less option

Neon-tinged Los Feliz brunch option WKNDR has closed with little fanfare. The place is now papered over, and Yelp says it’s a lost cause.

And another

Blue C Sushi has also closed in Hollywood. The location near the Arclight off Sunset Boulevard is fully shuttered, with no indication as of yet what’s next for the property.

Updates near the water

Out in Santa Monica Toddrickallen is pouring over some new intel on a variety of quick service places come to the city. There’s Halo Top and La Colombe and more, all arriving likely this year.

New meals

Brunch is on at Alta Adams this weekend. The restaurant is doing Saturday and Sunday service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the opening soul-food focused menu is below.