STORY AND PHOTO BY: MICHELLE MENDEZ
Location: 5530 E. Atherton St., Long Beach
Growing up in a Mexican household, I’ve spent my entire life consuming Mexican food. It’s a part of me; my blood is 80 percent limón. My mother is an amazing cook and is constantly feeding me to become the beautiful torta I deserve to be. Because of this, it’s very hard for me to not be picky when I eat at a Mexican restaurant because sometimes it’s not very good. That being said, Great Mex Grill is one of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve ever been to.
I ordered a carne asada torta and it was huge, really two small tortas combined. The meat is juicy and filled with flavor, cheddar cheese is sprinkled on the top and the guacamole is made fresh. When I took a bite of this torta, I felt my soul leave my body - it was that delicious. I only paid $7.66 with tax for this masterpiece. WIG!
The best part about Great Mex is that they are dog friendly. They have a small patio outside for you and your best friend. Students, next time you’re at school crying over what to eat, this place is right around the corner.