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Free Tacos for Firefighters & Frontline on National Taco Day

Voted “Best Mexican Food on the Westside” and “Best Cocktail Bar in LA”, Lanea Cocktail and Taco Bar is spicing it up for National Taco Day and making their to-go options that much easier to pick up to celebrate the delicious holiday. From 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th, Lanea will be hosting a Drive-Thru Taco Stand to raise funds for the Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund. Customers and passersby can walk up or purchase in advance to pick up at an easily accessible drive-thru, located in the adjacent alley where guests can indulge in their favorite Westside street tacos made to order from Chef Petra herself. Lanea will provide free tacos to all firefighters and frontline workers as a courtesy for all their dedication and hard work during these times. Furthermore, Lanea will be offering one free taco (of your choice) with the purchase of any hand-crafted cocktail ($9). A portion of all sales from National Taco Day will benefit the Santa Monica Firefighters Relief Fund.

Lanea will be offering a number of items at the National Taco Day Drive-Thru including their all day, everyday “Taco & Tequila Happy Hour,” menu which features tacos starting at $2 and canned or frozen cocktails starting at $9 (regularly $13). Happy hour specials also include $3 Chips & Pico de Gallo, $6 Chips & Guacamole and $4 Consome, which is bone broth with chipotle chickpeas, onion, and cilantro. The Drive-Thru will also be a great way to pick up their new “Hot Stuff,” homemade 4 oz. hot sauces, Salsa Verde and Salsa Rojo retailing at only $4.99, as well as their premium Tequila and Mezcal “Jet Fuel” Flights. The flights come with a sipping cup copita, sal gusano and an orange slice for your enjoyment.

View the full selection of flights here.

Located two blocks from the beach, Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar and restaurant with an extensive variety of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Their authentic Mexican cuisine is prepared by Petra Zavaleta, who hails from Tepeaca, Puebla, and rose to foodie fame with her underground barbacoa pop-ups, and later opened their eatery Barbakush in East L.A. Praised as one of the best Mexican eateries on the Westside, Petra and her family source their lamb locally from Chino Hills and prepare their barbacoa in an earthen pit, cooking it slowly over an open fire. Offering several different styles of classic tacos on their handmade-to-order corn tortillas, as well as chips and guacamole, they are the perfect complement to Laneaߣs unique cocktail menu.

“This year has already been a crazy year for us all and the addition of a record breaking pre-start to fire season elevates the stress on our firefighters and frontline workers,” says Lanea Proprietor Peter Trinh. “Petra and I, alongside our other partners, are really thankful and humbled by the local support as we continue to offer a safe, affordable outlet for the local community. So we wanted to do something to help us all band together to support and thank our firefighters and frontline workers further. Please join us on National Taco Day and check out our new to-go small batched canned cocktails, or our handmade gluten-free tacos, and help us support our hard-working firefighters.”

THE MENU

Patrons can enjoy a variety of taco offerings which start at $2 including Barbacoa Tacos, wrapped in banana leaves and are pit-roasted underground, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Asada Tacos, grilled steak seasoned with Petraߣs seasoning, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Pollo Tacos, grilled chicken seasoned with Petra’s seasonings, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Cesina Tacos, thinly sliced and tenderized beef, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Vegetarian Tacos, with mushrooms and spinach, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Sopes Tacos, with beans and asada topped with Mexican cream, served with guacamole, cilantro and onions; Pescado Tacos, tilapia with lettuce and garlic seasoning; and lastly the Pescado con Mango Taco, tilapia with mango, jalapeno, green & red pepper, and avocado. The newest additions to Lanea’s taco menu include the Lobster and Crab Tacos topped with mango, purple cabbage, avocado, chipotle mayo as well as a new Beyond Meat Taco served with guacamole, cilantro and onions. All are handmade-to-order on 100% gluten-free corn tortillas, with the option to make any of the tacos into quesadillas for a couple dollars more. Brunch tacos and quesadillas such as the Huevos con Chorizo, Huevos con Bacon, Huevos con Sausage, or Huevos con Queso are available daily until 4pm.

View Lanea’s full menu here.

Guests can also pick up one of Lanea’s popular “Fiesta Meal-Packs” such as the Picnic Pack, which comes with six tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, two handmade cocktails, and a Mexican-themed blanket, all for just $48. Or choose the Chill in the Sun Pack which contains four tacos of your choice, chips and pico de gallo, and two handmade frozen cocktails.

Lanea’s hand-crafted cocktails are still available to-go, and their Summer menu additions are here to stay. Sip on one of their frozen drinks such as the Horchata Colada crafted with Santa Teresa Rum, pineapple, horchata, almond milk and coconut, the Third Street Sling made with Hibiscus Patron Tequila, fresh lemon, passionfruit, and pineapple, or the Jungle Bird Scooter crafted with Vida Mezcal, fresh lemon, ginger, and campari. Starting at only $9, enjoy a variety of signature canned cocktails such as thePaloma made with The Chainsmokers’ JAJA Tequila containing grapefruit tonic and Aperol, or the Margarita with Cazadores tequila, fresh lime, demerara, and orange liqueur.

COME VISIT LANEA’S

Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open Sunday-Thursday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Delivery of food and alcohol is available through Toast, Grubhub, Postmates, and UberEats. Pickup is available by calling the restaurant directly at 424-265-PIER (7437). Alcoholic beverages are available to-go with food on all platforms except UberEats (currently not an option via Uber). Order online here. Sign up for their newsletter, and follow Lanea on Instagram for insider deals, and invites to private events and tastings.

National Taco Day Drive-Thru at Lanea is open on Sunday, October 4th from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. Firefighters and frontline workers need to show their badge or employment verification to receive their free tacos.

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