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Danny Trejo goes full Willy Wonka this Friday, giving out “golden tickets” for free tacos

Danny Trejo tacos Original Farmers Market the grove LA
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You’re most likely to associate Hollywood tough guy Danny Trejo with his roles as a machete-wielding assassin or a bank-heist getaway driver, but this Friday, we’re thinking of him more along the lines of Gene Wilder in purple velvet. That’s because actor and restaurateur Trejo is celebrating National Taco Day with a very Willy Wonka-esque affair: golden tickets at nearly all of his taco shops.

Proclaiming himself “Danny Wonka” for the occasion, the actor with a line of casual taco cantinas (and hopefully zero Oompa Loompas) won’t be opening the doors to some treacherous taco kingdom, but he will be giving out free tacos every day for the remainder of October to a few lucky customers.

On Friday, October 4 only, dine at any Trejo’s Tacos location—with the exception of LAX and his Hollywood doughnut shop—and you could snag one of these specially printed passes. One winner will be chosen at random from each restaurant (that means Hollywood, Pasadena, La Brea, the Original Farmers Market, Woodland Hills and the USC Village), and if picked, you’ll be able to stop by any Trejo’s for one free taco each day until November 1. You could probably even share some with your grandpa, or you could hoard all the tacos in a very Violet Beauregarde maneuver. We won’t judge.

If you’re not able to make it in person to one of Trejo’s restaurants, you can snag $3 tacos (carnitas and jackfruit varieties only) via delivery app Postmates until October 6.

But if you are trying to land one of those winning tickets, here’s what you’ll be awarded:

All Trejo’s Tacos outposts—with the exception of the stall in LAX—will participate in the golden-ticket giveaway this Friday, October 4. Find a full list of locations here

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