Where to Go for a Great Carnitas Burrito

It's not far from Sierra Madre and it doesn't cost much!

Puebla Tacos, 700 N Lake Avenue.

Overview: Puebla Tacos is not a fancy place, but has a decent range of options, a good salsa bar, and quite possibly the best carnitas of any place in the Altadena/Pasadena area.  If you love your carnitas this is the place for you.  There are several other related branches in northern Pasadena.  Parking can be a little tough at the small strip mall where the restaurant is located.

Decor: There are some very interesting murals that make the inside of Puebla Tacos worth looking at, even if you are just standing around waiting for your take-out order.  There are several featuring Central American landscapes, and one behind the counter where you order with a neat illusion in it.  See if you can spot it.

The dining area is relatively small, about 5-10 booths, and you order at the counter.

The Drinks: Unless you are looking for jamaica and horchata, this is not the place to come for a drink.

Appetizers: The usual that you would expect, nachos, quesadillas, etc.  The appetizers are in the $3 to $6 range, which is almost the price of a burrito, and since there is no table service, they are something of an afterthought.  There is also the age-old question of whether you get chips and salsa for free with your meal.... and the answer here, sadly, is no.

Entrees: The carnitas burrito is the key option in my opinion, but the carnitas is good in any other dish as well.  The torta, a Mexican sandwich, is delicious.  There is a large range of seafood options, which I have never tried.  The priciest thing on the menu goes for just over $11.  According to the Yelp review of the place, quite a few people like the breakfast burrito here.

Sides: Extras like a side of refried beans, guacamole, cost extra.

Desserts: There is no dessert menu

Service: By the time you get done pilfering the salsa bar your order will just about be ready.


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