You might recognize actor Danny Trejo as the badass, mean guy in many of the Action-genre movies from the late 1980s, 1990’s, and 2000’s. Or you might recognize Trejo in the lead role in the movie Machete. To those of us from the Los Angeles area, we also recognize Trejo as a local homeboy and now…a restaurateur. I have to admit that I’m an aficionado for really good burgers, pizza, tacos, coffee, and donuts. That said, going to Trejo’s Tacos and Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts was destined and it had to be conquered.
Mr. Trejo’s IMDb has a long list of action flicks that I watched in the past decades. Fast forward to the Tacolandia event in LA where I first met him in real life greeting Taco fans while marketing Trejo’s Tacos. Back then Trejo’s Tacos was sold exclusively through a Gourmet Taco Truck with his name and mug on the sides of the truck. And, of all things, Trejo’s Tacos were selling Vegan Tacos. Yes, Vegan Tacos! He wanted to offer a much healthier thoroughfare and it seemingly clicked to the health-conscious LA Crowd. Well, Trejo’s Taco Truck has since expanded into a full fledged casual restaurant with a simple menu that features healthy, gourmet Mexican food that is vegan and non-vegan. And yeah, after dining at Trejo’s Tacos, this celebrity’s food is worth it!
The specialty of the house are the tacos, which are not to be missed. Find Pollo (Chicken), fish, Carnitas (Pork) and Carne Asada (Beef) along side vegan taco options such as Jackfruit, Mushrooms, and Roasted Cauliflower. The tortillas are handmade, the tortilla chips with House Salsa are a great starter, and Trejo’s signature hot sauces are on the table to add spiciness or to buy to add to the collection of hot sauces that you already have at home. My personal favorite taco was the Jackfruit Taco. It’s hard to find a Vegan Taco in the SoCal area that is not overly dressed with sauces and salsas. The Jackfruit Taco at Trejo’s Tacos is straight-forward and perfectly balanced with a little bit of salsa, crunchy julienne tortilla strips, all on top of a corn tortilla. It’s a big handful than the typical street taco, but, after taking the first bite, all the ingredients ties in quite nicely. Without a doubt, it tastes like a taco and one would not notice that it is sans meat. It was a surprise to find that the Jackfruit absorbed all of the flavors and still had this “meaty” like texture. As Trejo’s Tacos evolves into a neighborhood restaurant with additional locations on the way, I would love to see more creative vegan taco options on the menu and perhaps some stewed tacos with mole.
Trejo’s Tacos is unlike the lowly taco stand. It’s a hipster, casual restaurant easily visible on La Brea Avenue with tacos that start at the $4 range. This is the place to dine if you wanted to be seen. The menu is typically gourmet tacos, burritos, quesadillas, bowls, and salads. Overall, the food was magnificent and very relatable to the LA palate; health-conscious, gourmet Mexican food. It really was a delight to dine on a variety of the tacos and they were all pretty good to say the least.
Valet Parking at Trejo’s Tacos is $3 and there is plenty of one-hour street parking. Food orders are prepared fast and delivered to the table in an instant.
Just a couple miles north in Hollywood is Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts; a place you may want to go for desert after you taco feast at Trejo’s Tacos. Yes, donuts can be desserts too. Don’t be fooled by the brightly pink hued standalone building when you see it, because inside are some pretty tasty donuts and a nice cup of coffee to match. The donuts are made from scratch and there is a unique option to order one with soft-served ice cream.
1048 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts
6785 Santa Monica Blvd
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