“My mom always wanted a restaurant, she was a great cook,” Trejo tells us. “But my dad was kind of like the Mexican Archie Bunker, you know? He thought women should stay at home. Every time my mom would talk about a restaurant, my dad would say, 'We have a kitchen right there, make us something special.’ So, he wasn't a bad guy, it's just that's how it was [for him], women stayed at home.”
Trejo, on the other hand, encouraged his mother’s dream and continued to carry the culinary torch for her, “I told her one day, ‘Mom, I'm going to start making your salsa.' And I was doing a movie called Bad Ass, and Ash Shah was the producer, and he saw that I love to eat and that I love good food, and he does too. We're kind of foodies. So after I told him about my mom, he said, 'Danny why don't you open up a restaurant,' and jokingly I said, ‘Yeah, how about Trejo's Tacos.'"
As we pass the Cinerama Dome in the taco truck after leaving the fans behind at the TCL Chinese Theater, Trejo mentions that when he was 18 years old, he helped build the iconic dome. He confesses that his co-workers were not exactly drug-free while constructing the hundreds of concrete hexagonal panels in the San Fernando Valley, which were later assembled in Hollywood. “I get a little skeptical every time I go in there,” Trejo admits.