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Brief History of Cooking Rotisserie Chicken

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Brief History of Cooking Rotisserie Chicken

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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.

Our Specialty

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. 

Benny’s Tacos Now Offers Top Quality Family Style Service Platters for Delivery

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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.

Take Advantage of Our Daily LAX Employee Discount

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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

The Rotisserie Chicken are among the very best!

The Rotisserie Chicken are among the very best!

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.

Benny’s Tacos – Now Delivering to Santa Monica and Beyond with UberEats

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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.

The California Burrito: Would You Like Fries With That?

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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.

Al Pastor History Isn’t What You Think

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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.

Things to do in Santa Monica This Summer

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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!


Picnic on the promenade

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.

New Santa Monica Location!

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Although earning its Catholic namesake from Saint Monica by way of a party of Spanish Conquistadores hundreds of years ago, Santa Monica has had art deco-esque nicknames like, “The Pearl of the Pacific,” and “Jewel of the Sunset Bay,” (amongst others) that aptly fit the idyllic beachfront. The land was auctioned off at the end of the 19th century, and by the beginning of the 20th, erecting carousels, rides, theaters, “funhouses”, and concession stands, amusement park tycoon and entrepreneur Charles Looff set the precedent for the pier’s repute to be a focal point for entertainment, camaraderie, and nightlife.

Just as Santa Monica has its roots in making the local public happy, so does Benny’s.

In 1973, Santa Monica’s city council voted to tear down the Santa Monica pier. The beach town’s citizens and all those who enjoyed the pier for decades met the city’s decision with vehement retaliation. After a successful campaign, the city council lifted its plans for demolition. Not only that, but three of the councilmen that supported the teardown were removed from office and replaced with pier-advocating council members in the following election. Massive storms in 1983 gave the pier another go at its survival, ripping chunks off the structure. But by 1990, it was entirely restored. A few years later, the pier opened up Pacific Park – an amusement park that was set to last. Because of the iconic design and unbetable view from the ferris wheel, the park immediately became a seminal landmark in Los Angeles.

Benny’s is opening in Santa Monica!

Benny’s Tacos wants to add to Santa Monica’s rich history with its new location open on June 20th, this Saturday, at 915 Wilshire Boulevard. 100% grassfeed, beef, made to order meals, and a homemade taste earmark Benny’s Tacos unmatched quality. Catering to top tech businesses like Google, Yelp, and Hulu, we’re proud to serve all of Santa Monica and beyond with Mexican food you won’t be able eat just once! Next time you are in the area make sure to visit Benny’s Tacos Santa Monica!

Cinco de Mayo Food Special

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Charro-outfitted Mariachi bands serenade crowds into the warm night with cheery folk songs. Women dance and leap along the string-lighted street while swirling their multi-colored, embroidered dresses. Sizzling taco carts line the avenue. Not to be confused with the September 16th Mexican Independence Day (Día de la Indpendencia), Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated by Mexicans, Chicanos, and non-Mexican-Americans both north and south of the border. Primarily a celebration in Los Angeles and other southwestern cities and states, “Fifth of May” is both a day to remember an important event in Mexican history and a way to celebrate Mexican culture and identity. With a Cinco de Mayo food deal, Benny’s wants to celebrate too.

Cinco de Mayo history

In 1861 when Mexico temporarily defected on their debts to France, the French Emperor took it as insurgence and consequently deployed some 6,000 troops to institute forcible rule over Mexico. Texan General Ignacio Zaragosa rallied up a shabby militia comprised of underequipped Mestizos and Zapotecs to stop the French army; whom at the time was recognized as the chief military force in the world. On May 5th, after two hours of battle at Pruebla, the French were forced to retreat. Outmanned and outgunned, the haphazardly gathered Mexican militia defeated the primed and polished French force. While the victory at the Battle of Pruebla still ultimately left Mexico in French empirical rule, it’s considered the first time that Mexico became unified through a feeling of genuine patriotism.

Recent history and a Cinco de Mayo food special

In 1967, California State University students conceived the holiday as a way to preserve their heritage in the diverse, ever-changing United States culture. Using the Battle of Pruebla as the basis for the holiday, the students successfully started a Chicano Studies program at their university and set off a now-widely recognized day to commemorate and strengthen Mexican pride and community.

cinco de mayo food special

All over Los Angeles, we hold Cinco de Mayo as a time to celebrate, spend time with loved ones, and eat good Mexican food. Benny’s is a proud member of the West LA community and with their Cinco de Mayo food special of three tacos for $5, they’ll be celebrating alongside everyone else in Los Angeles tomorrow. Choose from any of Benny’s tacos (excluding lobster) to no regret. Come in for this one-off West Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo food special.

Otis Student Discount

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The collegiate breakfast: nothing. Snack: a cup of noodles. Lunch: a cup of noodles. Dinner: an overpriced medley of semi-identifiable, extra-fried and sugary grub from the lackluster cafe. Freshman Fifteen is only one of the eating related issues associated with the college diet. Your studies and classes mandate you don’t stray too far from campus to merely have a decent lunch. Your looming tuition bills and overall lack of financial security keeps your food selections limited at best. Low quality food choices usually follow a small disposable income – you can’t constantly pay the extra money to eat the good food you want to eat. With poor ratings on Otis College’s on-campus food, it’s easy to want to search off campus for reasonably priced food that fills you up and tastes better than the cafe’s Meatloaf Surprise. (Gross.) Our Otis student discount special is your solution.

taco plate

We’re affordable and in walk-able distance.

We offer a student discount that entails 10% off to all whom present a verifiable Otis student ID card and are dining-in. At only half a mile away from campus, it’s a matter of a 10 minute walk to get here. With the student discount, turn your college student diet from a deprived one into a robust and satisfactory one. It’s not sustainable to eat hot water and noodles and other microwavable foods all the time. Otis consistently demands high quality output from you. So to properly meet your need to maintain verve and energy throughout the day, the balance of nutritional value and healthy caloric intake is especially important. With our diverse menu ranging from veggie salads to a Whole Chicken plate, we can help you keep up with the quality output demanded of you. To receive the 10% off student discount, come by any day with your ID. We’re happy to engage and connect with our local community and look forward to seeing you enjoy your made-to-order meal!

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