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Taco Of The Month – The Gobbler

Santa Monica Tacos

At Mondo Taco, we’re constantly inspired by different flavors and foods. With over 30+ internationally inspired tacos, we’ve got tacos to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. We pride ourselves on WOW-ing our guests with our amazing MONDO-licious flavors. You won’t understand until you try us!

Whether you’re new to the Mondo Taco game or a seasoned veteran of our unique Mondo Taco specialties, we hope our Taco Of The Month features will challenge you to break out of your shell and explore the different possibilities of what a taco can be.

And now, for the moment you’ve been waiting for… we present our “Taco Of The Month” – The Gobbler.

Inspiration Behind The Taco

Here at Mondo Taco, tacos are #life. We eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Inspired by the great culinary tradition of brunching, we created our latest brunch special: The Gobbler.


  • Succulent turkey maple sausage
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Melted cheddar cheese

Why We Love It

Nothing says breakfast quite like eggs and sausage. We knew the combination of juicy turkey maple sausage, fluffy scrambled eggs, and melted cheddar cheese, all on top of a warm, homemade tortilla would be FLAMES. 🔥🔥🔥

Only available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11am-4pm, The Gobbler is a must-try. Enjoy The Gobbler along with any of our other breakfast taco creations for the greatest flavor party, or try The Gobbler as a wrap or bowl atop grilled mashed potatoes with peppers.

Don’t forget – no brunch is complete without mimosas and sparkling wine (only $4 a glass!), so prepare yourself. You’re in for quite a food adventure!

With an extensive menu of 30+ unique tacos inspired by cuisines from around the world, Mondo Taco is the true food destination! We offer delicious vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Try your favorite flavors Dino-style in a scrumptious cabbage leaf wrap. For a bigger portion, try your favorite MondoTaco as a wrap or bowl.


About Mondo Taco
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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Taco Of The Month – Pesto Prawns

Santa Monica Tacos

At Mondo Taco, we live every day like it is #TacoTuesday. Make sure you join us on our never-ending taco quest to eat them all! Our tacos inspired by cuisines across the globe will always leave you wanting more. Follow our “Taco Of The Month” spotlights to celebrate your favorite flavors and learn all about our new taco stars!

Without further ado, we are proud to present March’s mouth-watering “Taco of the Month” – Pesto Prawns!

Inspiration Behind The Taco

Originating in Genoa, Italy, pesto is an incredibly flavorful and traditional sauce of pine nuts, basil, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil blend. We just knew the pesto and prawn combination would be a scrumptious hit!


  • Extra large grilled black tiger prawns
  • Pesto sauce
  • Diced Roma tomatoes

Why We Love It

Because of its rich and decadent flavor, pesto perfectly complements the flavors of our extra large grilled black tiger prawns. Pesto’s creamy and aromatic taste brings out the inner sweetness of our black tiger prawns. Sprinkled with diced Roma tomatoes and served on our delectable homemade tortillas, the Pesto Prawns is delizioso!

Prepare your taste buds for an incredible Pesto Prawns flavor journey. Order one for now, and one for after. Your stomach will thank you. For quality, flavor, and real value, try our Pesto Prawns gem in a bowl over rice and cabbage.

With more than 30 different tacos from across the globe, we bet you can’t eat just one! For our vegan and vegetarian friends, we are proud to present delicious vegetarian and vegan options. For our gluten-intolerant friends, we offer all of our tacos “dino-style” with a tasty cabbage leaf wrap option. If you’re hungry for a little more, order your favorite flavors in a wrap or bowl.


About Mondo Taco
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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Taco of the Month – The Rio Gold!

Rio Gold Taco

Here at Mondo Taco, we are constantly in search of new flavors inspired by different international cuisines. With an ever-changing menu of delicious tacos, we hope our ‘Taco of the Month’ spotlights inspire you to try some of our new and old gems that you may not have tasted before. Make 2017 the year you try every taco on our menu!

For this month, we are highlighting a taco of Olympic proportions – the Rio Gold!

Inspiration Behind the Taco

The Rio Gold is a Brazilian-style taco inspired by the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and our never-ending quest to serve you an unending variety of international flavors in our homemade tortillas.


  • Brazilian dry rub seasoned grilled pork
  • Jalapeño pepita salsa
  • Red onions
  • Cilantro

Why We Love It

Savory, spicy, and nutty, the Rio Gold holds up to its name and delivers a powerful winning flavor. The perfectly seasoned grilled pork is refreshingly paired with diced red onions and fresh cilantro for a distinctively zesty and fragrant flavor kick. Served on a homemade tortilla and topped with a jalapeño pepita (aka pumpkin seeds) salsa, the Rio Gold is flavor gold, silver, and bronze #goals.

We know that our Rio Gold is sure to please! Make sure you head to Mondo Taco today and try the Rio Gold!

We have more than 30 different tacos to try! We also have vegan and vegetarian options that are sure to impress. If you’re gluten-intolerant, order your taco “dino-style” wrapped in a cabbage leaf. Feeling extra hungry? Try your favorite flavors in a wrap or bowl form. And as always, if you can’t decide, why not order a few different tacos for a mix of old favorites and new stars?


About Mondo Taco

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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Taco of the Month – The Red Baron!


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!


  • 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

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!

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.


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!


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.


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

pestaurant santa monica

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!


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

chicken taco

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

beef taco

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

chicken taco

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

hot dog taco

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

brunch taco

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!


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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