Burritos La Palma

5120 N. Peck Rd.
El Monte, California 91732
Critics' Pick
Burritos La Palma +

Anne Fishbein Especial plate


  • Mon.-Thu., 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Free Parking, Street Parking

What differentiates a burrito and a taco? It's a question that has launched a thousand food-nerd fights, but the unsatisfying answer is: It depends. The burritos at El Monte's Burritos La Palma have won taco awards, and they are about the same size as Texas breakfast tacos. Maybe the reason these particular burritos are so beloved in L.A. is their size — after all, this is a taco town. The signature burrito here is stuffed with birria — the beef version, not goat, even though the restaurant originated in the state of Zacatecas, where they do use the more traditional goat meat. Order two or three at a time, either all filled with birria or with a combo of chicken tinga, carne deshebrada with potatoes, or gelatinous chicharrones. They can be ordered topped with sauce and melted cheese, too, at which point we have to circle back and ask, what's the difference between a burrito and an enchilada? —Katherine Spiers

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