Dexter Filming Locations: Angel & his sister at a restaurant

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The location: Angel's Restaurant

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A restaurant.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. Somewhere in Miami.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 6, "Those Kinds of Things".

    We see Angel and his younger sister (Jamie) enter what looks like a Mexican or Cuban restaurant, which his sister refers to as "fancy".

    After being seated, Angel tells her about his upcoming promotion to lieutenant (which La Guerta promised him).

    His sister takes off her sweater, and Angel, being an overly protective big brother, overreacts at her modest display of skin.

    He becomes embarrassed that she now looks (in his words) "all sexualized", and feels compelled to tell the waitress that she isn't his girlfriend.

    His sister is both amused and irritated, and she tells him that he is exactly like her father.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A Mexican restaurant - but not in Miami.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

A. This is El Torito Mexican restaurant.

    Despite what Jamie says, it's not a particularly fancy restaurant, but rather part of a large chain of nice, family restaurants in Southern California.  (You can find their website here.

This particular El Torito is located in the MarketPlace center, at 6605 Pacific Coast Highway, in Long Beach, CA.

That's on the east/NE side of PCH, just south/SE of 2nd Street.

It's across the street from the Seaport Marina Hotel they used in the 4th season as Dexter & Trinity's hotel in Tampa.

It's also just half a mile south of Loynes Drive, where they filmed the fruit vendor murder scene this season. It's close to the restaurant/bar where they filmed Debra's shoot-out.
And it's a similar distance from
the neighborhood & golf course they used as the Tooth Fairy's retirement village, in Episode 3.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the 6th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick told me about this one.  Since I've dined at this El Torito on more than one occasion, I'd like to think that I would have recognized it on my own, but I'm not 100% sure that I would have.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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