When someones thinks of the summer heat in California, he/she usually wonders about what cold foods to eat to help cool down their bodies. What is actually true is that spicy meals can also help cool you down during a hot, summer day. Another true thing is that we can always rely of Mexican cuisine to deliver us delicious and spicy flavors to their dishes. However the question remains, how does spicy meals and Mexican food help us cool down in the hot air?
Cooling Down With Spicy Food
Mexico Loves SpicyMexican cuisine is not traditionally spicy overall. Although, they do incorporate spices, peppers, and chiles in a lot of their meals, sauces, garnish, and salsas. Depending on the region, the food may be more spicier than others. Since chiles are well-grown and are abundant in Mexico, they are cultivated often in the kitchen. Chili peppers also help to preserve food and prevent spoilage on others. All in all, even though Mexico has one of the hottest climates in the world, the people and the culture still loves to eat their spicy meals all through the year.
How Do We Cool Down by Eating Spicy?So why are people eating spicy foods in scorching hot weather? Are they crazy? Not really. According to nutritionist Diane Radler, spicy foods will make you sweat, thus ultimately helping you cool down faster. Let’s get more scientific. Eating and drinking cold items like ice cream or an iced tea will certainly cool you down on a hot day, but it won’t last long. Because the internal temperature in your body cools fast, your body compensates it by raising your temperature. The effect of spicy food is that it will also raise your internal temperature. Once the moisture from your sweat evaporates, you’ll be all cool and cozy.
Spicy Meals to Chow Down on at Benny’s Tacos
Los Angeles is the next best thing to Mexico when it comes to finding incredible Mexican cuisine. Benny’s Tacos is delightfully one of LA’s Mexican eateries that offers delectable dishes of the culture. Of course we love our food spicy as well. Our Fajitas adds much savory spiciness to your meal, consisting of a mix of meat, onions, cilantro, pico de gallo, and fresh bell peppers. Or order up a plate of Nachos or Supreme Fries. Both arrive with a little bit of zestiness and jalapeno along with it. There is always a presence of spicy to most of dishes due to our red sauces and salsas.
Spend Summer HereJune marks the official beginning of the hot summer, but don’t that stop you from enjoy your favorite spicy meals. Cool down with some good spicy meals at Benny’s Tacos, we can’t to see you again.
Roots of Cinco de MayoCelebrate Cinco de Mayo with our authentic Mexican food! With two locations in West LA (Westchester and Santa Monica) we’re the perfect destination to fiesta. Mexican Independence Day, which people often confuse with Cinco de Mayo, is actually on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican Army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. Over the years it has turned into a celebration that includes parades, mariachi performances, and street festivals. Since LA is heavily diverse there will be plenty of places to commemorate the holiday. We at Benny’s Tacos cherish our Mexican heritage and want to offer a great dining experience for anyone looking to join in the festivities.
Celebrate With Our MenuOur authentic Mexican food menu has traditional items that you’ll find at Cinco de Mayo celebrations like tacos, burritos, quesadillas, fajitas, nachos, and more. We also cook mouth watering rotisserie chicken (slow-cooked, hormone free, marinated with garlic and special herbs) that you can order whole, half, or quarter. Want it in a wrap? Our tasty chicken wrap comes in a fresh flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado, or guacamole, cheddar/jack, with chipotle sauce or sour cream.
Cinco de Mayo SpecialLast year, we joined the rest of Los Angeles in the festivities, and celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a special, three tacos for $5.00. And because the special was a hit we wanted to celebrate with another special. This year we chose to do a special three fresh Baja Fish tacos, topped with avocado and chipotle sauce and a side of tortilla chips for $6.99. This year’s Cinco de Mayo special will not only be available for one day, but throughout the month of May.
So come out and celebrate with us. In Westchester we’re located at 7101 W. Manchester Avenue. In Santa Monica we’re located at 915 Wilshire Blvd. Can’t make it to Benny’s Tacos? Don’t forget we offer our authentic Mexican food in delicious platters with our professional catering services too!
Easy Online OrderingIt’s hard to conceive that we now live in a era of restaurant apps, where we can simply order food delivery by pushing a few buttons on your phone. Boy, we have come far from dealing with phone calls and busy signals for delivery. In any case, you have, no doubt, heard about online and mobile food ordering services such as GrubHub, DoorDash, Eat24, and UberEATS. These new, innovative gems are dedicated to preventing those typical ordering pickup and delivery hassles like bad phone reception, miscommunication, wrong food orders, and recieving the wrong info. They are also utilized by more than 20,000 restaurants in more than thousands of cities. At Benny’s Tacos, with two locations in Santa Monica and Manchester, we are extremely fortunate to have all four restaurant apps available for our patrons.
Through a Click of a ButtonLA life can be a bit difficult when it comes to getting the food you want. During the normal “9 to 5” work week, traffic is horrendous. Eat 24, DoorDash, GrubHub, and UberEATS makes life simpler with easy accessibility. With a few simple clicks, you won’t have to worry about dealing with other people, you can sit back and relax until your meal arrives.
Eat24 is service supplied by Yelp to help cater to all the foodies and the local restaurant in your neighborhood. DoorDash is a quick delivery service that is enlisted by your favorite local restaurants. GrubHub is its own entity that has been providing efficient food delivery and pickup for over 10 years. UberEATS is a brand new service that works like Uber, delivering your food straight to you by pin, wherever you are. Both Eat24 and GrubHub is available to cater both of our locations, but UberEATS is currently for our Santa Monica location.
Our full menu is on demand, along with other options and space to input your special preferences. If you also have special instructions for delivery, feel free to input that as well. In addition to our regular menu, our catering and family style platters will be offered through these amazing apps. Our food can be ordered through the computer or through the app on your mobile phone. These restaurant apps are totally free and very easy to access. Only thing to note is that the range of these services, from the restaurant to your location, is limited to a certain amount of miles, so make sure the restaurant is somewhat near you. Your food is strictly designated to be delivered within the hour . Furthermore, the apps offer great deals and exclusive offers that are displayed clearly on screen for users along with live chat, email and efficient phone support 24/7, if there are any issues that occur.
No Hassle, Fully AvailableWhether you’re looking to order catering, big family meals, or just a couple meals; our online ordering options will have them all available for you. Even when your meals are being delivered, we guarantee hot and fresh food as you open them. There’s no better option to have, especially if you are in the jam-packed Santa Monica and LAX area that our locations reside in. Try out these fantastic restaurant apps out today!
Benny’s Tacos is located on 7101 W Manchester Ave in Los Angeles and 915 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica.
Brief History of Cooking Rotisserie Chicken
Inspiration on the Menu
Cooking rotisserie chicken has become our specialty, here at Benny’s Tacos. The menu from Benny’s Tacos in Santa Monica and on Manchester is full of delectable Mexican entrees like quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and fajitas, but the chicken is roasted to perfection daily, deliciously marinated and seasoned with garlic and herbs. A rather spectacular dish on the menu. Chicken always hits the right spot, whether on a lazy afternoon or during a busy evening. Although, this has gotten us curious about the journey that cooking rotisserie chicken in the past has taken? Let’s see if we can dig a little deeper.
Different Spin in Different Countries
Although cooking rotisserie chicken gained its massive popularity in the 2000s from sales in supermarkets and Costco; the bird and the method of rotisserie has come a long way from another country. Originally Rotisserie Chicken appeared in France during the Medieval period. Grilled chicken was a favorite for King Richard the Lionheart during the 12th century. At this time it was made as a stew. The appeal of rotisserie chicken is the roasting of the meat using spit skewers. The “spit” is a metal rod that went through the whole chicken, which then would be rotated and cooked slowly over a heat source. Rotation of the meat allowed it to be cooked evenly, within rows by the heat radiation. There were records that the first rotisserie was turned by dogs, then it went onto steam, then clockwork.
It is in 1946 when Rotisserie Chicken is introduced in Mexico. It was first founded on the street corner Gutenberg Melchor Ocampo in Colonia Anzures. The first rotisserie cooked was called the “Chicken Rio”. The people had then developed its own spin to the seasoning of the chicken: using garlic, curry, beer, lemon, barbecue, and more. It also eventually became a favorite dish in the family household in 20th century Mexico. By the 70s, Mexico was filled with rotisseries.
Rotisserie chicken is, indeed, our specialty at Benny’s Tacos. With it, we serve a wide arrange of options including a half, a whole, and 2 whole chicken for your delight. It is also available in our catering and family style options. Our dishes are also served with a complete package of rice, beans, salad, tortillas, garlic paste, and guacamole! For a meat that is soft and tender, you won’t find rotisserie chicken that basted so lovingly like ours in the West LA community. Visit our locations in Santa Monica and Westchester to get a taste of how cooking rotisserie chicken and serving it with classic Mexican entrees will have you leaving with a smile.
Throw a Family Party With Help From Benny’s
Benny’s Tacos has long established a recognition of catering towards the community, both in Santa Monica and West LA. The truth is that these communities are also full of healthy and loving residents with many families and friends. Perhaps you know that Benny’s Tacos offers exceptional catering for large parties and functions, but let us tell you a brand new feature that we have began in the new year. We are happy to announce that Benny’s Tacos is now featuring a great family style service within our exceptional delivery and catering services. Family style is perfect for those small gatherings and dinner parties, for up to 6 to 8 guests. Every platter on our family style service menu is a culmination of our best ingredients and classic Mexican nourishment.
The Perfect Service For You
Family style is a classic style of dining and serving of food for which guests share and serve themselves from food put on the table. This is also a more suitable form of dining; rather than having one serving from a single choice, you have the chance to try different meals and share with the whole family. We are currently offering six spectacular platters on our menu. They are each highlighted by a some of our signature dishes like Tacos, Rotisserie Chicken, Burritos, Quesadillas, Fajitas, and Vegetarian Burritos. They are all complimented nicely with our rice, pinto, or black beans, guacamole, salsa, romaine lettuce, and pico de gallo.
We’re One Call Away
The catering and delivery services at Benny’s Tacos and Rotisserie Chicken only brings the freshness to our guests. We’ll make sure that your family style service platters will be delivered on a timely manner while still being hot and ready for serving. Family style platters will be ideal for game watching parties, picnics, and backyard parties. For more inquiries, contact manager Severiano at 310-670-8226 or our owner Benny at 818-612-3875.
For Our Neighbors at LAX
Now that we are located on West Manchester Ave., we are in a prime location that is a mere few blocks away from the grand LAX airport. We are happy to constantly welcome many of our regular diners as well as open our arms to new ones. Benny’s Tacos is a firm believer in contributing to the community and lending our thanks to our neighbors. We are so grateful for having such great people near LAX to come eat with us everyday. To show our gratitude, we want to acknowledge that we still offer a special LAX employee discount on all of our great food.
We’re Just Across the Way from LAX
The Los Angeles International Airport is home to hundreds of dedicated employees who continue to ensure that thousands of travelers get to their destination safely everyday. The airport is also full of shops and restaurants, but for employees, it might be too busy for them to unwind and eat whether its on their way to work or at the end of it. The hundreds of LAX’s hardworking crew will only have to travel two miles or less to get to Benny’s and be treated to a 10% off LAX employee discount on their entire bill when they present their ID card while dining in. Sometimes employees need to take a break somewhere outside of the familiarity of their workplace and Benny’s Tacos is the perfect locale for it.
A Meal to Relax With
LAX constantly has a foot traffic of more than thousands of passengers over-crowding walkways, transforming the food courts into a can full of sardines. Benny’s Tacos offers a spacious vicinity with a welcoming, friendly vibe, only bested by the flavorful diverse menu. From fresh Rotisserie Chicken to delicious tacos, we will be happy to provide all LAX employees as well as the entire community with the comfort and delicious meal that they crave.
Introducing Benny’s Tacos with UberEats
Perhaps you have heard about UberEats, but if not, let us tell you. UberEats is a brand new premium food delivery service operated by Uber that allows you to have freshly-cooked meals from the hottest restaurants delivered to your doorstep within ten minutes of your order, including the Westside and Santa Monica. However, this does not mean that any typical restaurant is available. Rather, restaurants must undergo a strict application process, and only the best outlets are chosen. Criteria for selection are many: the restaurants must be exceptionally clean and healthy, the meals must be of consistent quality and prepared on time, and the restaurants must be able to output between 200 and 300 meals per hour. Even then, many restaurants do not get selected for Uber Eat. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we hereby announce Benny’s Tacos is one of the newest members of this exciting service.
We understand daily life in Santa Monica and LA. Traffic is bad. For those of us that work long hours and hit rush hour traffic regularly, the last thing we want to do is get caught in more traffic, especially Santa Monica traffic! Therefore, we are excited to be able to finally bring our delicious food to your home, allowing you to enjoy great meals without having to take any extra time out of your jam-packed day. Although the meals are delivered to your door, we guarantee they will still be fresh, hot, and amazing in taste.
What is it about Mexican food that calls out to California, and specifically Los Angeles?
It could be the consistent warm weather (it seems that Los Angeles only has one season: summer). It could be that Los Angeles, with over 40% of all current Angelenos being born outside the U.S., is a massive melting pot of culture. Or, it could be something entirely different. Regardless the reason, Mexican food and Los Angeles share a delicious relationship resulting in a diverse culinary experience nothing short of excellent. This relationship is no better evident than in the California Burrito at Benny’s Tacos.
Introducing the California Burrito!
Believed to have originated in San Diego in response to the city’s beach culture and surfers “starving after three hours in the ocean”, the massive California Burrito is indigenous to California and naturally can be found at Benny’s. Our California Burrito consists of tenderly-cooked meat (traditionally carne asada), melted cheddar and jack cheese, fresh guacamole, sour cream, crisp pico de gallo, and steaming hot French fries, all wrapped in a delicious homemade tortilla. Just as the culture of Los Angeles combines many different cultures together, our California Burrito is a perfect example of Los Angeles cuisine.
Some people think that California and Los Angeles are not legitimate venues for Mexican food, or they say that California does not serve the most authentic burritos. However, this view is rather antiquated. We believe that the purpose of culinary art is to both honor the past and indulge in the present. Using only the freshest ingredients grown in both Mexico and California, as well the incorporation of French fries, we believe every time we freshly prepare our California Burrito we are infusing the old with the new, combining cultures, and in the process making something we think is really exciting. There is no telling what dishes will follow the California Burrito. That being said, if it is anything as delicious and innovative, we are all in for a treat.
Yes, al pastor comes from Mexico. But the idea of spit roasted pork doused in a sweet chili marinade didn’t come from Mexico. It came from Lebanese immigrants, and originated from the dish known as schwarma. Even then, however, to dive down this rabbit hole a little further, schwarma originates from the Ottoman Empire, and not just schwarma, but a few spit fire meats. Ali Qleibo, a Palestinian anthropologist says, “Turks call it doner kebab, Greeks call it gyro, Iraqis call it kas.” All of these cultures, including the original al pastor taco makers (“taqueros”) in Mexico, are serving and eating extensions of a cuisine that dates back to when Saladin and Richard I were fighting the Crusades. As Lebanese people immigrated to Mexico, by the 1960s a mix of their homeland fare and Mexican tacos led to the al pastor advent. Instead of upward standing schwarma rotisserie, they used a horizontal spit roast, traded lamb for pork, and used Mexican flavored spices and marinade.
Some specifications to make sure you’re getting the best al pastor possible:
Alex Stupak, a chef that went to Mexico City and ate 40 different al pastor tacos in three days gave the following notes: first and foremost, the pineapples that sit atop the roasting pork do nothing for marinating. It’s excellent in the taco, but “pure myth” that it does anything for the flavor while it’s cooking. Second, using both rojo and verde salsa is key to the epitome al pastor. Lastly, a nice crisp char on the outside for some enhanced texture and of course, topped with onion and cilantro.
At Benny’s Tacos, our al pastor, alongside the rest of our tacos, satisfy our patrons on an hourly basis. With only the freshest, highest quality ingredients and highly experienced cooking staff, our tacos will make a regular out of you. Come in for West Los Angeles’s best taco spot.
In our last blog, we gave a brief history of Santa Monica which, sure, it provides you a talking point with your date over a cocktail at the Shangri-La’s outdoor patio, but that kind of knowledge only serves you once. It’s simply a little tidbit to know. Santa Monica has free events and things to do all summer long. Knowing about things to do in Santa Monica this summer serves more than a single conversation. Benny’s Tacos lists some of the best free things to do in Santa Monica – things of course that you can do before or after you grab a bite at our four and a half star reviewed restaurant!
Start your weekends off on the corner of Arizona and Third Street every Friday afternoon with a breezy outdoor eating area and a KCRW DJ spinning blissful summer jams. Benny’s is less than a quarter mile away from here! Grab some lobster tacos and go claim your spot at the carefree Promenade.
Annenberg Community Beach House and Marion Davies Guest House
Every summer, Santa Monica puts together a gallery of LA-based up-and-coming artists’ work at the Annenberg Community Beach House. This summer’s exhibition is Unseen, a photography collection. At the same location that houses this exhibition is the Marion Davies Guest House. Named after the actress that once called it home, it’s now a preserved historic site open to the public. Similar to other Hearst estates, it brags a sprawling square footage with over 100 rooms, lavish furnishings, and unique interior design.
Cinema on the Street and Starry Night Poolside Cinema at the Miramar Pool Club
Downtown’s public silver screening series, Cinema on the Street, brings you the wacky, heartfelt “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” Friday July 17th at 8pm. Watch Gene Wilder and his purple and his tiny green-haired employees merrily skip along as the golden ticket winners drop like flies. Want more public movie screenings? Starry Night Poolside Cinema at the Miramar Pool Club. Every Friday night at 8, (you’ll have to make a decisive action on the 17th) Fairmont Miramar Hotel and Bungalows will be putting up a family-friendly flick for everyone, non-hotel guests included.
Twilight Concerts and Jazz on the Lawn
Every summer, the Santa Monica Pier throws their Twilight Concert Series. It’s every Thursday throughout July, August, and into September. From Latin funk to rock n’ roll, Twilight Concerts hosts relevant bands of all genres. Looking for something more laid-back? Stewart Street Park is the venue for Jazz on the Lawn, a concert series on Sundays from 5-7pm throughout August. Bring your picnic fittings and relax to a myriad of differently styled jazz bands! Things to do in Santa Monica just got simple.
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