This Enchilada in Long Beach Has 9 Ingredients That Make It Drool-Worthy—Including 2 Kinds of Queso

This Enchilada in Long Beach Has 9 Ingredients That Make It Drool-Worthy—Including 2 Kinds of Queso

Jane Adler profiles Chef Gonzalez, Panxa Cocina and Chef’s stacked enchiladas for Locale magazine.

After an injury left him sidelined at his firefighter job, Gonzalez decided to enter the wild world of restaurant work. As the story goes, he started as a dishwasher and slowly worked his way up, taking advantage of any extra work he could get his hands on to prove himself worthy of the big leagues. He educated himself through experience, soaking up any advice he received like beer to a borracho bean. 

“Every chef finds their place in the kitchen, whether you’re a sous chef, a banquet chef [or] an executive chef,” Gonzalez said. “Find your niche, find what really gets you motivated and you just go after that.”

He did. And Chef Gonzalez’ culinary quest led him to critically-acclaimed chef, Eric Distefano. The two became fast friends, culminating in Gonzalez being named chef de cuisine at Distefano’s successful New Mexico restaurant, Geronimo. The Santa Fe way of life seared itself into Chef Gonzalez’ soul, and its culture inspired him on a personal and professional level. Eventually, Chef’s appetite for autonomy was sated with the opening of his restaurant Panxa in 2015. When you walk into Panxa (pronounced pawn-zah), you are transported to a whimsical world of war horses, wildly creative dishes—like the Stacked Enchiladas—and a window into Chef Gonzalez’ mind. The name Panxa, which is Catalan for belly, provides that additional x-factor (literally and figuratively). 

“We were all just sitting around one day and someone asked the question ‘How do you want your food to affect people?’” said Gonzalez. “The first thing it affects is their belly—and it just kind of evolved from there. There’s a huge Spanish influence in the Southwest so I looked up the definition and thought it fit.”

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Now Open for Lunch!

Panxa Cocina is now open for lunch, weekdays from 11 AM to 3 PM. New menu items include the return of Chips and Guacamole, a Smothered Burrito, Torta (try it Ahogada: smothered in chimayo red chile), a Grilled Mushroom Burrito and the new Plancha Scallop & Shrimp Burrito, and twists on the Panxa Chop salad including a new option to add fried chicken on top (it's delicious).

New Lunch Menu Items

Photos: Smothered Burrito, Guacamole, Steak & Egg, Panxa Chop with Fried Chicken, Torta Ahogada. Not pictured: grilled mushroom burrito and the plancha scallop & shrimp burrito.

Full Lunch Menu

Dine Out Long Beach 2017

Dine Out Long Beach 2017

Join us at Panxa Cocina for Dine Out Long Beach 2017, Restaurant Week 2.0. Special menus will be available February 19-25, 2017.

Valentine's Day Special

Valentine's Day Special

Join us at Panxa Cocina to celebrate Valentine's Day.
A special menu will be available Saturday, February 12th through Tuesday, February 14th.

$75 per person
includes a champagne toast

Inaugural Tequila Dinner

Inaugural Tequila Dinner

Join us for your Inaugural Tequila Dinner with CEO and Founder of Clase Azul, Arturo Lomeli.

Dine LBC

Dine LBC

Join us for Long Beach Restaurant Week, April 23 - May 1.

"Duking it Out" The Tasting Panel Magazine

Panxa Cocina was recently featured in the Tasting Panel Magazine for hosting the Second Annual Bar Brawl between our liquor reps, Ralph Perotta (Pacific Wine & Spirits) and Eric Granit (Southern Wine & Spirits). We are so happy this evening was a success and were able to raise money for the local non-profit, Long Beach Animal Care Services, a cause very dear to all Panxa Cocina staff.

For more information regarding Long Beach Animal Care Services to make donations or for spay/neuter programs, contact www.longbeach.gov/acs or 562.570.PETS.

OC Gallery Night (AIDS Walk Fundraiser)

OC Gallery Night (AIDS Walk Fundraiser)

Tonight we are proud to invite MAC Cosmetics to host OC Gallery Night at Panxa Cocina from 8-11 pm. We thank Karma Tequila, one of our newest featured liquors, for donating to the event! A portion of all sales tonight goes to support AIDS Walk Orange County. 

We are expecting over a hundred guests from LA and Orange County. There will be six live models whom MAC makeup artist will be applying beautiful body paint to, creating a living gallery in the restaurant. The designs are inspired by the film Across the Universe, a celebration of the Beatles and the emotions and fashion of the 1960s.

Our featured cocktail of the evening is the Sandía Glam-Rita (to honor MAC's Viva Glam line) created by our bar manager Damon Brannon. It is a Watermelon Serrano Margarita, a perfect balance between sweet and spicy.

We are also offering our Happy Hour menu, a raffle and the opportunity to make donations to the AIDS Walk Orange County. We invite all guests to dress up in a 60s outfit, to add more fun to the night!

Thank you MAC, we are excited for what the evening has in store!


Daily Specials

Daily Specials

Have you heard about the latest daily specials? Here they are!

  • Happy Hour - Daily from  3-7 PM
  • Monday - Half off all wine bottles
  • Tuesday - Tostaditas & Tequila specials
  • Wednesday - Happy Hour all day

New Hours

Panxa Cocina will no longer be open for lunch. To our customers who have come in for lunch, thank you! Beginning on Monday, we'll be open for Happy Hour starting at 3 PM, Monday through Saturday. We will still be open for brunch on Sundays beginning at 10 AM.  Our new hours are as follows:

  • Monday - Thursday: 3 - 10 PM
  • Friday and Saturday: 3 - 11 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 10 PM

Take Flight!

Take Flight!

Special this week, tequila and mezcal flights!

Mexican Spirit - $18

  • Don Julio Reposado
  • Los Amantes Mezcal
  • Sotol Plato

Blanco - $16

  • Don Julio
  • Fortaleza
  • Milagro


Bar Brawl

Bar Brawl

On Monday, June 15th, we'll be hosting:

Bar Brawl
Mixology Showdown

Monday, June 15th
$10 Tacos
$2 Margaritas

Proceeds go to charity.

Welcome to Website Version 1.0

We know it's been a while since we opened at the end of December, but we're ready to show you version 1.0 of our website! The site will be dynamic; you will see the menu update as it does in our restaurant and special events and menus will be posted here. We will do our best to make sure you have the latest information and news. If you ever have questions, don't hesitate to give us a call at (562) 433-7999.