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Phlight

6724 Bright Ave. B (Bailey St.) Send to Phone
562-789-0578
Unassuming Uptown Whittier venue serves Spanish tapas and a few other Latin American and domestic delights.

Cuisine
Open
Dinner nightly
Features
  • Dress code: Casual

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Phlight Restaurant Review

: Nestled in the heart of a converted bank building, this charming little venue possesses the aesthetic effects that so effortlessly define Uptown Whittier’s ever-burgeoning culinary scene. Its cozy, industrial space is defined by earth tones, intimately spaced seating and large windows that peer out onto the street. It’s an unpretentious spot that’s made even more welcoming by chef Juan Carlos Salazar’s approachable take on Spanish tapas and other assorted Latin American and domestic small plates. Instead of dishes drenched in showy flash, Salazar presents honest fare that emphasizes simple, well-executed flavors and restrained nuance. These plates are a bit larger than your typical tapas, and they range from classic bites like patatas bravas and spinach croquetas to the succulent grilled Spanish octopus and the must-have shrimp diablo. Salazar rounds out the menu with rather good options such as tacos stuffed with tender beef tongue and fried chicken with kale and chorizo gravy. Desserts are highlighted by the subtly sweet, churro-esque french toast. The wine list is small, but contains several intriguing boutique labels.
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