Luna Verde 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 Tacos in the U.S.

For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2020

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Bradley Beach, N.J.

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 Luna Verde Vegan Mexican Restaurant has secured a spot on the list.

Vegan food is a family matter for restaurant owners Mahonrry Hidalgo and Eslin Morris and their son, Marel, who were inspired to open Luna Verde in order to share their love of homemade vegan Mexican food with others. Their restaurant dishes up vegan twists on classic Mexican fare, including tacos served with a variety of vegan proteins and housemade sauces as well as tostados, chimichangas, quesadillas, and enchiladas drizzled with a roasted salsa of tomatoes, peppers, spices, and chocolate. For dessert, it offers creamy dairy-free tres leches cake in flavors such as Coffee Mocha, Chocolate, and Strawberry. Hungry yet?

“Whether you’re in the mood for tangy tacos or a delicious dessert, Luna Verde 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 spins on Latin American classics 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 slaughterhouse workers, who are disproportionally Latinx, and 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 Luna Verde, 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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