The Crazy Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet


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.


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.

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 Phone: (310) 310-8922.

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!

Santa Monica Happy Hour

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

11 Fun Activities for Summer in Santa Monica

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Looking for cool things to do over the summer? Here are a few fun activities located in Santa Monica:

1. Shop for hours on Third Street Promenade

If you love to shop, this is the best place to go. Aside from endless stores, there are talented street performers that will keep you entertained while shopping.

2. Enjoy Carnival Rides at the Pacific Park on the Pier

Even if its not fair season, you can always enjoy carnival rides, such as the big ferris wheel and roller coasters, on the Santa Monica boardwalk.

3. Visit the Bermagot Station Arts Center

This location holds many galleries, which includes the Santa Monica Museum. If you find yourself craving coffee, there is a café located in the same area.

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Take a break from all your exploring and enjoy some homemade corn tortilla tacos from Mondo Taco. Don’t miss out on their happy hour from 4 to 7pm everyday.

5. Shop on Main Street

Get more shopping done on Main Street. Here you can find thrift and high-end stores, along with the famous Urth Café and Angel City Books.

6. Get competitive at the International Chess Park

Play chess with human sized boards. You can either challenge others or simply have a photo shoot.

7. Workout on the Boardwalk

Jog, skate, bike, or even walk your dog along the boardwalk.

8. Climb the Santa Monica Stairs

If your boardwalk workout wasn’t enough, visit 4th St and Adelaide to get the best lower body workout by climbing the famous Santa Monica stairs.

9. Become a Pro on Flying Trapeze

Located on the pier, Trapeze School New York teaches you to fly 23 feet in the air. How cool is that?

10. Free Comedy Shows

On Mondays and Thursdays, you can catch a free comedy show at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater.

11. Drink at a Rooftop Bar

Have a drink  with your friends at the top bar, Suite 700,  while enjoying a great view of the ocean and city.


Get Happy With This Guide for Choosing the Best Happy Hour!

Happy Hour Santa Monica

It’s Friday evening, you just clocked out of work and you’re looking to unwind a little, so you decide to hit up some happy hour specials with a few of your co-workers.  Only problem is, there are so many options and none of you can agree on a place! Not to worry, cause your favorite Happy Hour Santa Monica hot spot, Mondo Taco, explains how to choose the best happy hour for you.


Are you looking to relax and unwind or go crazy?  The happy hour you choose should coincide with your mood; if you’re looking to sip on a glass of wine, you should choose a quieter place where you can talk with your friends.  On the other hand, if you’re trying to blow off some steam choose a spot with a dance floor and good music.

Be Responsible

If you’re planning on having more than a couple drinks, make sure you have a designated driver or the always reliable Uber app. The best thing to do is drop your car off at home after work then have someone (Uber or friend) pick you up and drop you off at the end of the night.


You should pick a spot that’s nearby; a majority of restaurants offer daily happy hours, so it shouldn’t be hard to find one close to you.  We recommend somewhere within a 3-5 mile radius, but if you have a designated driver you can venture out a little further.

Happy Hour Santa Monica

Food or Drinks?

Before you choose a restaurant, you should decide if you’re more interested in discounted drinks or food.  While many restaurants offer both, some happy hours might only offer one or the other so make sure you do your research before heading out.


Happy Hour Santa Monica

Are you looking for a fun happy hour in Santa Monica? Try Mondo Taco, where we serve discounted beer, wine and mimosas every day from 4-7pm. For more info visit or call 310.310.8922.

5 Secrets for a Catered Lunch Your Coworkers Will Love

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No matter how cool they play it, we all know everyone perks up when free food comes into the office. A good catering experience in the office can get your coworkers through that long meeting or to the deadline you thought you wouldn’t make. Your catering Santa Monica provider shares the 7 best kept secrets for providing a catered lunch that your coworkers will absolutely love!

Get a headcount

Running out of food is the fastest way to kill the good mood at the office lunch. It might sound like a no brainer, but people either forget to get a headcount or do an estimate that is way off. Things can change quickly, so try to get a final headcount as close to placing your order as possible.

Narrow the options

When it comes time to choose a place, asking the group what they want will result in a lot of opinions and people who are disappointed when their suggestion isn’t picked by the group. Instead of asking “Where should we go?” ask “What sounds better, pizza or sushi?”

Take location into consideration

Some people will want to eat lunch in the meeting instead of waiting until after. If that’s the case, you’ll need to prep the table in the conference room before the food arrives. Gather utensils, napkins, plates etc. and organize them in an assembly line to keep things moving when the food arrives.

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Plan ahead

If everyone has a packed schedule and you only have a short amount of time to eat, the planning can be essential. Call the caterer in the morning and give a general idea about what you will be ordering; they can then give you a realistic time estimate so your schedule doesn’t unravel.

Remember food allergies

If you’re having a big lunch with a lot of people, it may be unrealistic to ask everyone about their allergies and preferences. An alternative is to have a wide range of options that include vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and nut-free options.


Catering Santa Monica

Are you looking for a caterer in the Santa Monica area? Contact Mondo Taco to learn more about their catering services by visiting them online at or calling 310.310.8922.

New Year’s Day Brunch

Join us at Mondo Taco for your first brunch of the New Year! What a better way to start off 2016 than enjoying our savory breakfast tacos, PLUS $2 mimosas and sparkling wine.

Brunch will be served from 11am-4pm, regular menu served all day!


Choose from our three breakfast tacos! (Available until 4pm)


Filled with grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers, salsa verde, bacon, and sour cream.

The Hangover:

Packed with soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole, and salsa roja.

Hot Potato:

Filled with grilled mashed potato, grilled peppers and onions, scrambled egg, and sesame chili oil.


All of our tacos are available on one of our homemade tortillas, on a gluten free tortilla, dino-style (served in a cabbage leaf), and as a wrap or a bowl. Enjoy plenty of free parking and our spacious patio at Mando Taco. Come and spend your New Year morning with us!

Mondo Taco: Vegetarian Awareness Month!

Vegetarian Awareness Month

It’s Vegetarian Awareness Month and Mondo Taco has a long history of crafting delicious menu items for those who are committed vegetarians… or simply veggie-curious. Come help us celebrate!

Your taste buds are sure to explode as you enjoy our vegetarian tacos made from high-quality ingredients like fresh fruits and vegetables, cheeses, soyrizo, tempeh, and spices. Enjoy them as a taco in a homemade tortilla, homemade gluten-free tortilla or dino-style (served in a cabbage leaf), or get twice the taco portion served as a wrap or in a bowl with rice, cabbage and/or quinoa added.

Check out some of our vegetarian tacos from our “Grows” section of the menu:

Garlic Bomb: mushrooms, crispy onions, goat cheese, and garlic aioli.

Sister Sledge: soyrizo, avocado, cilantro, jalapeno, onion, and 1000 island dressing.

Hangover: soyrizo, scrambled egg, cheddar, onion, guacamole, and salsa roja.

Tempeh Thailicious: tempeh, chipotle peanut sauce, cilantro, and onions.

Mondo Taco: The Boss of the Hot Sauce

Santa Monica Hot Sauce

Q: Who’s got the hottest taco salsa in LA County?
A: Mondo Taco in Santa Monica. Guaranteed.

Hottest Hot Sauce

Mondo Taco has made an epic deal with a local organic farm to purchase their entire yield of heirloom grown Trinidad Moruga Scorpion and Ghost Peppers. The result? A fiery and tasty salsa called The Meltdown. It’s without a doubt the hottest homemade salsa in town.

Also available (and taking it down just a tad) are two other super-hot salsas: The Inferno, made from Red Caribbean and Chocolate Habaneros, cut with grilled onions and tomatoes; and the ridiculously hot Freakin’ Sauce, made with Red Caribbean habaneros, Chocolate Habaneros, and Datil Peppers. Both are organically grown from heirloom peppers.

The Boss of Hot Sauce

All three salsas are available in 1 oz. and 8 oz. portions and meld perfectly with our incredible tacos. Get these salsas for a limited time as these heirloom peppers are seasonal. So take the hot sauce challenge and get some while you can, but ONLY if you can take the heat!