Amorelia is something special. Distinguishing itself from the plethora of Mexican restaurants in Costa Mesa, this new storefront eatery brings fresh new energy to classical Mexican food.
Tucked into the southwest corner of the Kmart mall on Harbor Boulevard, it's an attractive little place with faux stone walls, chunky Mexican wooden furniture, warm lighting and a very pleasant ambience.
This is a family business based on Momma's recipes from Morelia and Michoacan, but the menu is continually evolving. Momma is Gloria Seretti and her son, manager Daniel Paniagua, said, "My mom's kitchen is a lab."
We all benefit from her creativity because you can return again and again to try something new and delicious every time. We tasted as many dishes as we could, and almost all were superior.
We started with a taco duo. The amazing papa taco was the best taco either of us had ever eaten. The fried shell was thin, crisp and absolutely greaseless. The savory mashed potato filling was simple but vibrantly seasoned. The marriage of the two was a match made in heaven. Less exciting but still very tasty was the pollo asado taco, generously stuffed with marinated shredded chicken. The tacos came with a little salad of shredded lettuce, corn and black olives.