Part of the goal of the pop-up is to show that while some insects can be a destructive nuisance, others can offer an environmentally low-impact, sustainable, and nutritious protein alternative -- which should obviously be a big hit for eco-minded, Paleo-eating LA. And while some Angelenos may have munched on a few insect dishes like grasshopper (aka chapulines) tacos at Guelaguetza, silkworm pupae soup at Mok Maru Jong Sul Jip in Koreatown, or waterbug relish at Night + Market Song, this looks to be the first all-insect eatery in the Los Angeles area -- if only a temporary one.
“While we offer tacos with a variety of international influences, this was also a way to acknowledge our roots,” explains Sam Spector, Managing Director of Mondo Taco. “By that I mean chapulines, or grasshoppers, are a very traditional ingredient in Mexico, so we saw this as an opportunity to shine a light on an underutilized food source and boost awareness and acceptance of the deliciousness of insects. Given that insects are recognized as a culinary delicacy in that country, it’s natural that Angelenos would potentially be very receptive to the idea.”