The burritos at the original Burritos La Palma in El Monte are so legendary that food critics and fans have multiple times dubbed it L.A.’s best taco.
Sure, a burrito isn’t technically a taco, but when you have a tiny rolled burro that’s about the size of a taco — it looks almost like a chimichanga pre-fryer — and filled with the rich, satisfying traditional meat stews of Zacatecas, Mexico, it’s hard to argue that you wouldn’t choose one of La Palma’s creations over the more typical Mexican street meal.
That decision is even easier now that the one-time food truck has opened its second location ever in Santa Ana, where you can get one of their famous burritos filled with the dense, signature, filling, birria de res, and buy a pack of their equally as famous flour tortillas, so you can try your best to roll up a taco-rivaling burrito at home.
Burritos La Palma is at 410 N. Bristol St., Santa Ana. For more information, visit burritoslapalma.net
SARAH BENNETT is a freelance journalist covering food, drink, music, culture and more. She is the former food editor at L.A. Weekly and a founding editor of Beer Paper L.A. Follow her on Twitter @thesarahbennett.