Show 181, July 23, 2016: Luz Angelica Torres Vargas, Cesar’s Bistro, Long Beach

Cesar’s Bistro tucked away in Long Beach is one of our discoveries from the 2016 DINE LBC – Long Beach Restaurant Week. Their specialty is “The New Latin American Cuisine.”

Co-owner Luz Angelica Torres Vargas has all the delicious 411. Think creative Empanadas and Arepas.

One of their new poultry dishes is Gaucho Chicken. It’s two boneless chicken thighs marinated in house-made chimichurri sauce and garlic & onion mojo. It’s served with the house salad and rustic potatoes.

“Here at Cesar’s Bistro we select our ingredients from the best quality sources. We offer friendly and respectful attention toward our customers and partners; we provide great service in our family-friendly casual atmosphere.”

“We make good moments.” – Chef Cesar Villarreal.



Show 169, April 30, 2016: Villa Roma Restaurant, Laguna Hills

Teresa RazoVilla Roma restaurant in Laguna Hills is one of the undiscovered gems of dining in South Orange County. Unusually they serve a menu of both Argentine and Italian Cuisine. Their Chimichurri is a word-of-mouth favorite. Co-Owner Teresa Razo (also the Marketing & Catering Director) joins us.

The traditional housemade Argentine-style empanadas are standouts. Usually available are your choice of chicken, beef or spinach. Tuesdays are Empanada Tuesdays at Villa Roma. All empanadas are 99 cents for either take-out or dine-in.

“Villa Roma is a unique restaurant combining Argentine and Italian flavors. Our cuisine combination was inspired by “La Boca”, a neighborhood of the Argentine capital. La Boca is located in the city’s southeast near the old port. In the early 1900’s, Argentina had over 2 million Italian immigrants, most of them settled in this southeastern part of the country because of the similarity to their port town named Genoa, Italy.”

“La Boca is a popular tourist destination in Argentina. It’s known for its colorful houses and pedestrian street, “El Caminito”, where street tango artists perform, musicians, and tango memorabilia is sold. Tango music drifts through the air from one restaurant bar to another.”

“We decided to continue history and bring the Argentine and Italian flavors to Orange County. Just as La Boca retains a strong Italian flavor, we retain our unique Argentine and Italian cuisine flavor.”