A Vegan Taqueria Is Coming to Smorgasburg LA

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Vegan Nacho Boat (Photo via Cena Vegan/Instagram)

Smorgasburg LA is about to get a whole lot more vegan-friendly as Cena Vegan will make their debut this Sunday, August 6, as a regular vendor.

"Smorgasburg is a great way for us to branch out," Gary Huerta, one of Cena Vegan's partners, told LAist. Cena Vegan currently operates as a pop-up in Highland Park. "[The weekly event] is a great fit for us, and we think it's a great way for us to reach the downtown neighborhood."

Cena is known for their fresh hand-pressed masa tortillas and for making their own plant-based "meats" (carne asada, al pastor, barbacoa, and pollo asado). The meats have between 12 and 15 grams of protein each.

"Three of our meats (carne asada, al pastor, and the pollo asado) are made from seitan," Huerta continued. "The barbacoa is gluten-free and made from yuba [a by-product of boiling soy milk]."

"The tacos sell the most," notes Huerta. "The carne asada is the most popular meat. And the nacho boat is a great deal, because for $8 (without guacamole, or $10 with) it really feeds two."

Smorgasburg LA runs every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the ROW DTLA, 785 Bay Street in Downtown.