Mama’s International Tamales Wins Spot on PETA’s List of Top 10 Latinx-Owned Vegan Restaurants

For National Hispanic Heritage Month, Local Eatery Celebrated for Dishing Up 'the Best Tamales in the U.S.'

For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2020

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – 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 Mama’s International Tamales has secured a spot on the list.

Owned and operated by Claudia Lopez, Mama’s International Tamales dishes up a wide variety of homemade tamales in flavors such as Sweet Corn, Cheezy Jalapeno, and Jackfruit Verde. Other offerings include fried corn empanadas, hearts of palm ceviche, and veggie fajitas, burritos, and enchiladas with the works—plus a full vegan breakfast menu. Hungry yet?

“If you’re in the mood for a tasty, hot tamale, Mama’s International Tamales is the spot 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 Latino—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—notes that going vegan is a move 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 Mama’s International Tamales, making the switch is easier than ever.

Other honorees include Bar Bombón in Berkeley, California; Miami Nice in Portland, Oregon; and Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill in Dallas.

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