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The Story of Baja Sonora

Since it first opened in March of 1998, Baja Sonora has been serving authentic Mexican lunch and dinner to crowds of happy customers in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Mary Sophiea and her partner, Mike Mendelsohn, began with a little, cozy restaurant that seated only 40 patrons inside and eight outside.

The original Baja Sonora at the corner of Clark Avenue and Spring Street in Long Beach, California, soon became known for good food, large portions and fair prices. Friday nights found Baja Sonora customers lined up to get their crunchy tacos, giant wet burritos, juicy carnitas tostadas and a lot more.

A series of very favorable newspaper reviews (including a mention in the March, 2000 Sunset Magazine “Best of the West” article which mentioned Baja Sonora as one of the 30 favorite taco restaurants of their readers all across the western United States) brought even larger crowds to the little eatery. It became clear that more space was needed and, as luck would have it, the space next door became available. The expanded dining room was opened on Cinco de Mayo of 2001 and quickly filled with happy customers!

The years and the happy customers seemed to go by like cheese being wiped from the face of a hungry five year old. In July of 2007, a local newspaper columnist, Tim Grobaty, asked his readers to tell him where their favorite tacos come from. Baja Sonora came in first place and the business boomed yet again.

This next Cinco de Mayo, we will celebrate 21 years of fantastic experiences and warm relationships with so many of our customers who have let their friends and relatives know about the great food and good times at Baja Sonora. 

So whether it's time for lunch or time for dinner, Monday through Sunday, our tacos are crunchy and mouth-watering, the tortilla chips are crispy and all four different salsas are waiting for you to have a taste of real Mexico right here in Long Beach, California. Your Quesadilla dreams and Fajita fantasies have come true! Welcome to Baja Sonora and Bueno Apetito, amigos!!



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