Food & Drink in South El Monte

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A few things may have changed for Birrieria Tlaquepaque since 1982?like the fact that it now occupies three locations?but it's been winning applause ever since its founding. Birrierias specialize in the spicy meat stews native to Jalisco, Mexico and goat stew is Birrieria Tlaquepaque's proudest specialty. But the chefs also put together burritos, tacos, and quesadillas from fresh, high-quality ingredients for a menu that has something for everyone. As delicious as the cuisine is, there are more reasons to come besides the food. When house band Viva La Birria's white-clad mariachi musicians show up, guitars in tow, dinner becomes even more of a draw.

10904 Rush St
South El Monte,
CA
US

The chefs at Honey BBQ know that if you're good at something, you should stick to it. That's why they keep their menu simple, and stick to the classic Chinese barbecue recipes they do best. The menu is made up of only six options, starting with a choice of sizzling chicken, beef, or a combination of the two slathered in sauce. From there, chefs toss these cuts onto bowls or platters filled with rice and cabbage. After that, the only choice left is which soda to sip and which table will make passersby the most jealous.

10343 Garvey Avenue
El Monte,
CA
US

In 2004, four friends who happened to be bowling aficionados lamented the absence of a nearby bowling center. Rather than complain, petition, or stage a protest that involved a cosmic-bowl laser show on the mayor's front yard at 3 a.m., they simply opened their own. Thus Action Lanes was born out of need, but its 32 lanes transcend necessity and border on luxury. To wit, players keep track of each roll on animated scoreboards while jamming to the beat of tunes playing on the sound system. This modern bowling center features all the amenities?a pro shop for gear, a snack bar for eats, and a sports bar to celebrate a win or lament a loss with a drink and a toast. Action Lanes also houses an arcade and separate rooms that can accommodate parties and events.

10534 Lower Azusa Rd
El Monte,
CA
US

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