Born in the small village of Villa Jimenez, Michoacan, Mexico, founder Manuel Orozco quickly grew a passion for the native food of his country. In the late 1950's, Manuel and his wife Socorro settled in California with hopes of achieving the American dream and owning their own restaurant that served the native recipes of their village. In 1974, Manuel and Socorro realized that dream and opened the first Super Mex Restaurant in downtown Long Beach. To this day, Super Mex is one of the premier authentic Mexican eateries in the area.
Inspired by their love of traditional Mexican cuisine, Manuel and Socorro created a menu that represents the simplicity and quality of their village's native cuisine. Super Mex's signature "Super Mex Burrito" is the perfect example of classic Mexican comfort food, prepared with distinctive homemade authenticity. Tender pork carnitas, grande tortilla chips, and our legendary salsa are among the beloved staples at Super Mex.
MANUEL AND SOCORRO FOUNDED SUPER MEX BASED ON TWO PRINCIPLES:
1. To offer great-tasting Mexican food that is traditional and prepared to taste homemade.
2. To create a dining environment where customers feel comfortable and welcomed.
ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
Manuel and Socorro Orozco worked 14-plus hour days at the restaurant during its first years, all while maintaining other full-time jobs in order to earn additional revenue to support the business. Before long, the little store gained popularity, and a dedicated following of loyal guests continued to return to Super Mex for the restaurant's authentic flavors, generous portions, and reasonable prices. While they continue to play a role in the business, Manuel and Socorro have retired from the day-to-day operation of Super Mex. Super Mex is still proudly family owned and operated, continuing the family tradition that began more than four decades ago.