Like the invention of chocolate and soap operas, the roots of traditional Mexican cuisine span back to the 16th century. Try a melodramatic meal with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Mexican fare at Super Mex, redeemable at locations in Belmont Shore and Lakewood, as well as in Long Beach on Cherry Avenue and East 1st Street.
Born from a hole in the wall in downtown Long Beach more than 30 years ago, Super Mex has expanded to several western U.S. locations, touting a voluminous menu of Mexican family recipes fashioned with homemade preparations. Super Mex’s signature burritos ($7.30+) are best known for their size, with hefty portions of green-chili pork and carne asada in a sturdy tortilla shell. Crispy fire-roasted red-pepper poppers ($6.25) come with mexican ranch dip, and guacamole-topped tostadas ($7.25) teem with tender pork carnitas. Patrons choose from 32 combination plates ($6.50+), ranging from taquitos and spicy chili rellenos to cocido, a seasonal soup studded with beef, veggies, and rice. Frosty bottles of Corona and Negro Modelo ($3.95) wash down meal-capping spreads of decadent cheesecake flautas ($3.25), ideal for celebrating winning a blimp-flying race.
From 14-hour days during the beginnings of their first restaurant in Long Beach more than 37 years ago, Super Mex founders Manuel and Socorro Orozco built franchises across Southern California. Inspired by the local cuisine of the village he was born in—Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico—Manuel brought his passion for traditional Mexican food to California, where the business grew with a dedicated following of college students. Striving to craft dishes that taste homemade, Super Mex offers Mexican classics such as burritos, tostadas, and flautas.