Flacos Wins Spot on PETA’s List of Top 10 Latinx-Owned Vegan Restaurants

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, Local Eatery Celebrated for Dishing Up Some of the Best Taquitos and Tamales in the U.S.

For Immediate Release:
September 9, 2020

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David Perle 202-483-7382

Berkeley, Calif. – In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15), PETA and PETA Latino are highlighting the top 10 Latinx-owned vegan restaurants nationwide—and Flacos has secured a spot on the list.

For over a decade, Flacos owner and chef Antonio Magana has been dishing up vegan versions of his family’s traditional recipes from Mexico. Standouts include his huarache—a large handmade corn tortilla topped with avocado, beans, rice, cilantro, onions, cabbage, radish, and salsa—and his tamales, which are stuffed with potatoes and either mole, soy protein, capers, and olives or roasted poblano peppers and black beans. Hungry yet?

“Whether you’re in the mood for crispy taquitos or a comforting bowl of pozole, Flacos has a super-tasty vegan dish for you,” says PETA Latino Senior Manager Alicia Aguayo. “The restaurants on PETA Latino’s top 10 list put vegan twists on classic Latin dishes that are as taste bud–friendly as they are animal-friendly.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that going vegan is an important way to stand up for social justice, as slaughterhouse workers, who are disproportionally Latinx, are facing a practically unchecked spread of COVID-19, which originated in a meat market. Everyone who goes vegan saves the lives of nearly 200 animals every year and combats speciesism, the archaic belief that other animals are inherently inferior to humans and that it’s acceptable to exploit them—and thanks to delicious vegan restaurants like Flacos, making the switch is easier than ever.

Other honorees include Viva Vegeria in San Antonio, Mama’s International Tamales in Los Angeles, and Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill in Dallas.

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