Praised for being the “Best Mexican on the Westside,” Lanea in Santa Monica will be celebrating National Taco Day (Oct. 4) on Saturday, Oct. 2nd with All-You-Can-Eat Street Tacos from Barbakush and a cocktail (of your choice) for $25 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (*2 Hour Time Limit). The Santa Monica cocktail bar and taqueria will also be hosting a pop-up taco bar on their expanded satellite area on The Promenade (across from the Apple store) throughout the day. The festivities will continue into the evening with an 80’s Themed Broadway Block Party at Lanea, The Independence, and Cult from 8 p.m.-2 a.m. with DJs and live entertainment, and Barbakush Tacos available at Lanea until 10:00 p.m.
The All-You-Can-Eat Barbakush Street Tacos include Barbacoa (lamb wrapped in agave leaves and pit-roasted underground for 36 hours), Asada (grilled steak with Petra’s seasoning), Cesina (thinly sliced and tenderized beef with Petra’s seasoning), Pollo (grilled chicken with Petra’s seasoning), Pescado con Mango (tilapia topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado, and Mexican cream), Camaron con Mango (shrimp topped with mango, green & red pepper, avocado and lettuce), Beyond Meat (beyond meat seasoned with Petra’s seasoning), and Vegetarian (spinach and mushrooms).
Petra Zavaleta, from East LA’s street food operation Barbakush, is the chef behind Lanea and is known as the “Barbacoa Queen of Los Angeles.” Petra serves traditional lamb barbacoa by way of Puebla, Mexico. Her and her husband, and her sons work together to create their lamb barbacoa, which is a true labor of love. They source the lamb locally from Chino Hills and build a traditional underground barbecue oven in their backyard cooking the entire lamb over wood and maguey leaves coals. Petra learned this ancient method of butchering and barbecuing from her parents and grandparents in Puebla at age 10, and became an LA Legend with a secret restaurant at her house before joining forces with Lanea in 2019 to offer her famed barbacoa tacos on the Westside of Los Angeles. Petra’s barbacoa tacos pair perfectly with Lanea’s cocktail program including over 400 varieties of Mezcals and tequilas, and hand-crafted cocktails.
Lanea is a spirit-driven cocktail bar located one block from the beach, that focuses on an extensive selection of over 400 hand-selected mezcals and tequilas. Lanea brings the spirit of Mexico to Santa Monica with authentic Mexican cuisine from Petra Zavaleta’s East L.A., family-run restaurant Barbakush. Their cocktail program incorporates wellness-driven ingredients as well as the food and beverage programs utilize a no-waste philosophy using the stems from herbs to develop syrups for cocktails and bones from the barbacoa to make a consome that is served with chipotle chickpeas. Lanea is located at 217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA, and is open for indoor and outdoor dining, takeout, and delivery.