Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This


A Vegan Taqueria Is Coming to Smorgasburg LA

Vegan Nacho Boat (Photo via Cena Vegan/Instagram)
LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

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]."

Support for LAist comes from

"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.