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Taco of the Month – The Red Baron!

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Tacos are like family at Mondo Taco, which is why we are starting a new monthly tradition, Taco of the Month.  Much like employee of the month awards, the taco we choose each month is a star in its own right.  Now that we’ve got through the boring stuff, let’s dive into the details you’re all waiting for – everything there is to know about the Red Baron.

Inspiration Behind the Taco

The Red Baron is one of the new options on Mondo Taco’s updated menu.  This is a Chinese Chicken-style taco inspired by a frequent guest at our restaurant, Baron Davis.

How it Came to Be

On one particular visit, Baron asked our founder, Sam, to make something on the fly that wasn’t on the menu.  The result?  The Red Baron taco!

Ingredients

  • Seasoned fried chicken in a sriracha honey ginger sauce
  • Grilled onions
  • Grilled peppers
  • Sesame seeds

Why We Love It

Sweet, spicy and delicious, the Red Baron will undoubtedly rise to become one of our most popular choices.  We can’t wait for the world to know about the Red Baron taco!  So what are you waiting for?  Head to Mondo Taco and give this new star a try, we’re the only place you will be able to find it, after all.

The Red Baron doesn’t tickle your palette?  Don’t worry!  We have over 30 recipes to choose from, including vegan and vegetarian options.  For our gluten-intolerant friends, order your taco “dino-style” – which means it’s wrapped in a cabbage leaf!  Feeling extra hungry?  Order your favorite flavor as a wrap or bowl – more of the portion with the same great flavor.  Make 2017 the year you try every Mondo Taco!

About Mondo Taco

Website: mondotaco.com
Address: 2200 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 310-8922

Free and easy parking available | Dine In | Take Out | Delivery | Catering

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New Year’s Resolutions: First Stop Mondo Taco!

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The New Year is upon us and we all know what that means: massive hysteria as people scramble to get their eating and exercise habits in check to get a jumpstart on their new selves in 2017.  Believe it or not, Mondo Taco can help you stay true to your New Year’s resolution.  Yes, we know that may sound confusing, how can eating delicious tacos help me keep my resolution?

Going Vegetarian or Vegan

Well, we’re talking directly to the resolutioners who have vowed to live a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle in 2017.  Whether you’re against meat for moral purposes or you’re going for the health benefits of meatless meals, one thing is for sure; you can continue to eat tacos at Mondo Taco!

How can that be?  The answer is simple! Mondo Taco serves over 10 meatless recipes for our tacos, wraps and bowls, including both vegan and vegetarian options.  A lot of our vegetarian tacos can also be made vegan by simply leaving out an ingredient or two and we’re happy to do it!

Some of you may be asking, “WHY would you go vegetarian when you could be eating the Angry Chicken or the Thailicious?!”  Believe it or not, there are some pretty amazing benefits that come with being a vegan or vegetarian, and we’re happy to support our plant-loving friends in their New Year’s journey.

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Benefits of Veganism & Vegetarianism

Some of those benefits include protection from major diseases like heart disease.  There is some scientific evidence that states that vegetarians are at a lower risk for cardiac events and deaths resulting in cardiac failure.  Who knew?!

Are you feeling extra down?  A vegan diet might help because vegans tend to have improved moods.  Arachidonic acid can cause depressed mood or mood swings, and coincidentally it is common in dietary animal sources like milk, meat and eggs.

Why are you going vegan or vegetarian? Let us know in the comments below!

Mondo Taco

2200 Colorado Ave.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 310-8922

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Mondo Taco is Proud to be Featured as One of the Best Places for Tacos in Santa Monica!

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If you’re a Southern California resident, or even just a human with taste buds, there’s a pretty good chance that you love tacos.  With so much love for them, it’s no surprise that taco shops have been popping up all around us.  Unfortunately you can’t try them all, but not to worry, because our friends over at Foursquare put together a list of the best places for tacos in Santa Monica and Mondo Taco made the cut!

With over 100 spots to get your taco fix on in Santa Monica, making this list is no easy feat.  Every restaurant has their own style, price range and menu options, but the most important thing to consider is the flavor!  Yeah, you may be able to find run-of-the-mill tacos at every corner, but no one should ever have skip on flavor when it comes to our favorite food.

Mondo Taco works hard to bring you delicious flavors at reasonable price points.  Our ingredients are purchased from local vendors, some even coming from the weekly farmer’s market in Santa Monica.  Our produce is never frozen and always fresh and we think this goes a long way when it comes to packing on the flavor.

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What makes us stand out from the rest?  For one, we serve up our tacos on homemade tortillas.  We also boast one of the biggest menus on the market with over 35 different options to choose from!  If you’re feeling hungry, try your order as a wrap or a bowl and enjoy up to 3X the portion as our standard tacos.  We even have vegan and vegetarian options!  Our gluten-free friends can get their order dino-style, which comes wrapped in a cabbage leaf.

With options like that, it’s not hard to understand why Mondo Taco made the cut as one of the best places for tacos in Santa Monica.  Stop on by and try all 37 flavors, plus our delicious chips, guacamole, salsa and hot sauce!

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Find Out How Mondo Taco Makes it Easy for Everyone to Get What They Want

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Do you love Italian food but your friend is craving a Thai dish?  In the past this dilemma would leave one of you having to compromise or even cancelling your dinner plans altogether.  Thanks to Mondo Taco, that dilemma is a thing of the past! Find out how Mondo Taco makes it easy for everyone to get what they want by watching the video below!

I’m Sam Spector and this is Mondo Taco.  We have a very diverse menu here at Mondo Taco and the reason for that is: whenever you get any more than two people in a room, how do you know where to decide to eat?

 

Do you want to go for Spanish or Italian or French or Mexican?  I figured if I could make a restaurant that had all of these cuisines under one roof and give it a familiar vehicle, it might work.

 

The fact that it’s a homemade tortilla separates us from most of the other taco shops in Los Angeles.  The “Angry Chicken” is the most popular taco on the Mondo Taco menu.  It is fried chicken with our own seasoning, buffalo sauce and chopped bleu cheese.

 

Much like in tapas-style dining you can have small bites, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.  And that you can come back time and time again and have a completely different meal.

 

I knew that tacos are very popular in Los Angeles and I said, “If I’m gonna open a taco shop it better be unique and it better be something special, something exciting and different.”

Now that you know all about Mondo Taco, stop by and taste our many internationally inspired recipes!  With our large and diverse menu, there’s sure to be a favorite for everyone!  We even offer vegetarian and vegan options for our plant-eating friends.  Dino-style also available for the gluten-free folks out there!

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Mondo Taco is Serving Up Quirky Cuisine at Santa Monica Pestaurant Event!

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Calling all adventurous eaters!  Stop by the Pestaurant pop-up at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica on October 8th if you’re looking to try something new!  Mondo Taco will be serving up insect-filled dishes to help raise awareness about this new craze.  Read below for full event details!

About the Event

This Pestaurant Event is being put on by Western Exterminator, the purpose of which is to provide a fun way to raise awareness about pest control.  They’re turning what is normally a serious business into a light-hearted approach for awareness and fun.  Edible insects are emerging as a popular dining option all around the world, even right here in Southern California.  You might not know it, but insects actually offer a lot of nutritional value!

Help an Important Cause

For every bug dish sampled by you and your friends, Western Exterminator will donate $1.00 to the Westside Food Bank.  This is a non-profit 501(c)(3), LA-based organization that fights to put an end to hunger among youth and adults.  So spread the word and come hungry!

What’s on the Menu?

We hope you bring your appetites, because the menu is going to be STACKED!  Mondo Taco will be serving up Thai Mai Mealworm Salad, Jamaican Me Hoppy Jerk-Seasoned Grasshoppers with Pineapple Salsa, Deep South BBQ Beetle Tacos and Rice Cricket Treats.  Other dishes provided by the event include: Sweet & Savory Insect Treats and Chocolate Goes with Anything Dessert!

We are so pleased that Chef Bobby Bognar will be joining us at the event!  So don’t forget to CRAWL on down and say hi!
**Menu items subject to change

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3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica

If you’re ready to add a little crunch to your diet and raise money for an important cause, then we hope to see you there!  Don’t forget to stick around for the cricket-eating contest.  Whoever can gulp down the most crickets will receive a fun prize!

 

Event Details

Date: Saturday October 8th, 2016
Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
Location: Santa Monica, California 90405
Center of the 1300 Block at the 3rd Street Promenade
**This is a FREE event that is open to the public

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Take a Tour of our “Crawls” Tacos on the Mondo Menu!

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At Mondo Taco, we believe that the tortilla makes the perfect base for the wonderful flavors found around the world!  Whether you’re craving some southern comfort or an international experience in Thailand, we’ve got you covered.  We want to take you on a tour through the “crawls” flavors on our menu! Here are some of our favorite meat tacos at Mondo Taco:

Angry Chicken

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If you’re looking for a fiery favorite, then give the Angry Chicken a try!  This delicious taco comes with crispy chicken, blue cheese and of course hot sauce for a little kick!

Beef Eater

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If you need a little beef in your life then order the Beef Eater.  It’s stuffed with braised short rib and horseradish slaw.  Beware, this one has a little spice to it, you’ve been warned!

Deep South BBQ Chicken

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Are you looking for some southern-style comfort food? We’ve got you covered with the Deep South BBQ Chicken.  This one’s got shredded chicken, bbq sauce and crispy onions for some added flavor.

Yo Adrian

rib eye taco

Are you Rocky Balboa or just a rib eye lover? Then the Yo Adrian is your taco! This one is stuffed to the brim with rib eye, grilled peppers, onions & mushrooms and a little provolone cheese to give it some Philadelphia flare.

New Yawker

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Are you a lover of all things New York?  The New Yawker is screaming your name! It’s a Hebrew national hot dog wrapped in a corn tortilla. This is a favorite among Mondo Taco fanatics.

The Baker

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If you’re brunching with us then give The Baker a try.  It’s made with grilled mashed potatoes, grilled peppers, bacon, sour cream and salsa verde. **Available at brunch only.

 

Remember, all of these delicious flavors are available as a wrap (like a burrito), in a bowl, or dino-style (wrapped in a cabbage leaf)!  **Wraps and dino-style are just 50 cents more.

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Crazy Taco Flavors are the Craze at Mondo Taco’s Santa Monica Brunch!

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Mondo Taco is bringing the flavor to their weekly Santa Monica Brunch!  Every Saturday and Sunday we’re celebrating America’s second favorite pass time… brunch!

If you’re looking for a brunch that you won’t ever forget, then Mondo Taco is the place to be!  We are serving up that brunch goodness every weekend.  We serve our delicious breakfast-style tacos between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm EVERY Saturday and Sunday!

In addition to our breakfast-style tacos, you can also wet your lips with sparkling wine and mimosas!  Our adult brunch-y beverages are $4 by the glass, so feel free to go for that second glass because it won’t break the bank!  If you’re feeling extra adventurous, give our Fresh MondoRita a try.  The MondoRita is a fun twist on a classic margarita.

Now that you know all the details, let’s get to know the delicious tacos!  We’ve got Baker, The Hangover, Hot Potato and Gali-Leo.

Baker: Grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers, salsa verde, bacon and sour cream.

Hot Potato: Grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers and onions, scrambled egg and sesame chili oil.

Gali-Leo: Smoked salmon, scrambled egg, blackened onions and sour cream.

The Hangover (for those of us that had one too many last night): Soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole and salsa roja.

If any of those flavors sound delicious but you’re not in the mood for tacos, don’t fret! All of our flavors are available on a cabbage leaf, as a wrap or in a bowl.  We also have gluten-free tortillas in addition to our famous homemade tortillas!

 

Santa Monica Brunch

Mondo Taco is a fun and casual taco shop located in Santa Monica. We pride ourselves on serving up delicious tacos on homemade tortillas.  To learn more about our Santa Monica Brunch, visit our website or call (310) 310-8922.  Address: 2200 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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The Crazy Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

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A vegetarian diet is the first step towards better health. Due to higher intake of fiber, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, and magnesium, a vegetarian diet provides many amazing benefits.  Your Mexican food Santa Monica restaurant shares these crazy health benefits of a vegetarian diet.

Mood Improvement

Arachidonic acid is a substance that is strongly linked to mood disturbances. This substance is found in diets with animal sources. In a previous study conducted by researchers from Benedictine University, it concludes that restricting meat strongly improves the mood.

Reduce Psoriasis Symptoms

Psoriasis is a disease that causes the skin to become red and irritated. According to a research study by Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, a vegetarian diet reduces the symptoms of psoriasis.

Reduces Diabetes Symptoms

A vegetarian diet can reduce incidence of diabetes or even reduce the likelihood of diabetes developing, according to George Washington University School of Medicine.

Reduces Chances of Cataract Development

According to the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, meat eaters have a higher risk of developing cataracts, while vegetarians and vegans have the lowest risk.

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Risk of Cardiovascular Disease is reduced

Because vegetarian diets are rich in antioxidant foods, they help reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing the damage caused by stress.

Lower Cholesterol

Removing meat from your diet automatically reduces cholesterol. For those who are vegetarian, body fat and cholesterol levels are lower than those of meat eaters.

Reduces Risk of Stroke and Obesity

Vegetarians and vegans are more aware of what they eat and are less likely to binge eat.

Reduces Chance of Kidney Stones Developing

With higher vegetable consumption, there is a higher urine pH. This means the chances of getting kidney stones is lowered due to the relevance of higher pH and stone formation.

Satisfies Nutritional Requirements

Due to higher nutritional intake available in vegetarian diets, there is better management of health problems.

 

Mexican Food Santa Monica

Start improving your health and visit Mondo Taco. At Mondo Taco, you can purchase a freshly cooked and delicious vegetarian meal.

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Unbeatable Deals at our Brunch in Santa Monica!

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What’s better than tacos you ask?  Brunch with breakfast-style tacos!  And Mondo Taco is the only place you can get this amazing combo!  We are serving up brunch in Santa Monica every weekend.  That’s right, stop by every Saturday and Sunday between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm for $4 mimosas, sparkling wine and of course, our delicious breakfast tacos.

What’s a breakfast-style taco?  We’re glad you asked!  Each of our four breakfast tacos were dreamed up right here at Mondo Taco!  We’ve got The Baker, The Hangover, The Hot Potato and The Gali-Leo.

The Baker

The Baker is a delicious twist on a classic taco, it is made up with grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers, salsa verde, bacon and sour cream; all served up on a homemade tortilla!

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The Hangover

This taco is great for those of you that had a late night and maybe one too many drinks!  Kill your hangover with The Hangover taco; it consists of soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar cheese, onion, guacamole and salsa roja.

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The Hot Potato

Inspired by our vegetarian friends, the hot potato is perfect for veggie-fanatics.  It’s made with grilled mashed potato, scrambled egg, grilled onions & peppers, and sesame chili oil.

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The Gali-Leo

Last, but definitely not least, we’ve got the Gali-Leo!  This delicious taco is served up with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, blackened onions and sour cream.  The perfect option for the pescatarians out there!

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*Love these flavors but you’re not a fan of the taco-style? No problem! All of these delicious flavors can be served up in a wrap, which is similar to a burrito. We also serve bowls and dino-style (on a cabbage leaf) for our gluten-free friends out there!

 

Brunch in Santa Monica

So what are you waiting for? Give us a visit with your friends this weekend and get your brunch on!  For more information or to see our full menu, visit mondotaco.com. Phone: (310) 310-8922.

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Stop In and Try Our NEW Fresh Watermelon MondoRita!

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We at Mondo Taco are excited to introduce our NEW Fresh Watermelon MondoRita!  Enjoy a taste of summer with this delicious twist on a classic favorite; the Watermelon MondoRita is made fresh with organic ingredients.  Join us for a fun Santa Monica Happy Hour and enjoy the latest addition to our menu!

We serve the Watermelon MondoRita all day, including during our weekly brunches every Saturday and Sunday; enjoy one of our four breakfast-style tacos, sparkling wine and mimosas between the hours of 11:00am and 4:00pm.  With the Baker, Gali-Leo, Hot Potato and The Hangover, there’s guaranteed to be a flavor just right for you.  The Baker includes grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers, salsa verde, bacon and sour cream.  The Gali-Leo is great for pescatarians as it’s made with smoked salmon, scrambled egg, blackened onions, and sour cream.  Vegetarians can try the Hot Potato; grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers & onions, scrambled egg and sesame chili oil.  Finally, The Hangover, which is made with soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole and salsa.  All of these flavors are served in a taco with a homemade tortilla, as a wrap, in a bowl or dino-style (served on a cabbage leaf).

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Want to indulge in a little Sunday Funday on our outdoor patio but don’t have a ride? Take the Metro!  Mondo Taco is located just a few blocks from the Bergamot Station and its historic art galleries.  Enjoy a little Santa Monica culture then stop by for a pick-me-up drink or two… or three!

Remember there is always FREE and EASY parking in the AO Building east side parking structure to the left of Mondo Taco!

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For more information regarding our Happy Hour or Fresh Watermelon MondoRita, visit our website at mondotaco.com, call 310.310.8922, or visit us at 2200 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

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