Los Loosers restaurant and delivery service is a product of its owner’s passion for vegan food (and cycling), offering animal-free versions of some classic dishes
Sunday 5 February 2017 12.30 GMT
The name was inspired by a friend who teased her for cycling and insisting on animal-free grub. He called her a loser
One of Mexico City’s most popular street snacks is tacos de cabeza – corn tortillas stuffed with beef carved from the animal’s skull. This is a city of meat lovers, and may seem an unlikely spot for vegan restaurant Los Loosers.
The food is cooked from scratch each morning, then either served at this tiny restaurant in the Roma Norte neighbourhood or delivered by a team of cyclists. Mushroom tacos with habanero salsa, vegan chilaquiles with blue corn tortillas and black bean dip, and vegan burgers are regulars.
The welcoming space is decorated with fairy lights and lamps repurposed from bike handlebars, and has just one large wooden table. Non-alcoholic aguas frescas (homemade fruit/grain drinks), tea and Oaxacan coffee are available. The daily special costs less than £4, pudding £1.50. There’s no website (as yet) – customers check the Los Loosers Instagram page, then order via direct message on Twitter or Facebook. The cyclists will deliver anywhere, even to parks and hotels. They once journeyed six hours out of sprawling Mexico City to deliver an order, using specially designed backpacks that protect the food from the city’s potholed streets.
Los Loosers is the brainchild of Mariana Blanco, who quit her job as a journalist in 2011 with no savings or business plan, just a passion for bicycles and vegan food. The name was inspired by a friend who once teased her for having to be different, cycling everywhere and insisting on animal-free grub. He called her a loser. The double-O represents bike wheels.