Actor Danny Trejo (commonly known as Machete or the scariest inmate from Con Air) has finally opened the doors to his Los Angeles taqueria, Trejo’s Tacos. Though the restaurant first gained notoriety for its seemingly incongruous focus on vegan-friendly options, like black pepper tofu tacos and quesadillas made with mung bean tortillas, the menu also includes dishes for meat-eaters like fried chicken tacos, shrimp tostadas and carne asada. It’s ultra-Los Angeles-centric with locally brewed beer (including the proprietor's own, Trejo’s Cerveca), locally-sourced ingredients and a program that donates kitchen leftovers to a local homeless shelter. The building itself is steeped in Mexican food history: Its former tenant was a Taco Bell; Trejo and his partners took out the drive-thru and replaced it with a patio.
One of the busiest men in Hollywood (just take a peek at his IMDB page), Trejo recently took time out of his day to chat with us about the story behind Trejo’s Tacos, his signature dish to make at home and his go-to L.A. restaurants.
Why did you choose to open a taco spot?