Viva Vegeria 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 Al Pastor in the U.S.

For Immediate Release:
September 10, 2020

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

San Antonio – 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 Viva Vegeria has secured a spot on the list.

The restaurant is known for its nachos—available in Classic, del Picadillo, and Luchadora varieties—and its daily specials, including Tacos Al Carbon (served with guacamole and papas rancheras) and Tacos Al Pastor (served with rice and beans). Hungry yet?

“Whether you’re in the mood for sweet, spicy, or savory taquitos or fiery ancho and cascabel cauliflower wings, Viva Vegeria 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 Viva Vegeria, making the switch is easier than ever.

Other honorees include Mama’s International Tamales in Los Angeles, Nuno’s Tacos & Vegmex Grill in Dallas, and Miami Nice in Portland, Oregon.

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