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

Lamppost Pizza was founded in 1976, boasting a menu of bubbling pizzas and hearty, Italian-American eats to fuel families and sports fans. Meals begin with fresh, antipasto salads tossed with Italian cured meats, pepperoncini, mozzarella, and tomatoes or tales of spicy-sweet romances told by zesty chicken wings. After toasting good company with a garnet glass of zinfandel, pasta-eating pairs excavate layers of lasagna or sop up a ravioli dinner's house-made meat sauce with complimentary garlic bread.

4368 Peck Rd
El Monte,
CA
US

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