Five Places to Eat in Southern California: San Gabriel Valley Edition

Categories: Food Tours

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Natalie Miranda
Four tacos filled with crispy fish and smooth Mexican sour cream.

This time of year, conversations at Chow Bella staff meetings tend to turn to who's eaten what and where. With the summer travel season in full swing, we bring you Food Tours, our writers' suggestions of what to eat and drink out of town.

California is the land of the plentiful -- plentiful in its offerings of whatever cuisine you might want that day. Hawaiian food? Done. All-you-can-eat Korean barbecue? Done. Don't forget the fish tacos, Ensenada-style, which you wish you could find in the desert. The next time you vacation in Los Angeles, make some time to head northeast to the San Gabriel Valley, a place with enough restaurant choices to leave you searching for days. We've put together a list of our favorites so you don't have to do any of the heavy lifting.

See also: 5 Things to Eat and Drink in San Diego -- and One More for the Drive Home

El Taco Nazo
14343 Ramona Blvd.
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
626-338-6420
Taco Nazo is located in strip mall between optometrists, a liquor store, and another Mexican restaurant -- in fact, it's across the street from King Taco, an overrated taco shop. But no other restaurant or hole-in-the-wall can compete with the fish tacos at Taco Nazo. The fish is deep-fried and comes out with a crunchy exterior and a moist, flaky inside. Tacos are piled high with chopped cabbage, tomato, onion, and lathered in the white Mexican crema that is so hard to come by in Phoenix. Go ahead and order no less than four for yourself. You'll be glad you did. After, wash it all down with a large cup of horchata.

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Natalie Miranda
The holy grail of breakfast burritos is at P&G Super Burger.

P&G Super Burger
1030 N. Citrus Ave.
Covina, CA 91722
626-967-6846
If there's one burrito to make a priority when in California, it's the breakfast burrito. P&G may seem like your average mom-and-pop burger spot, but their breakfast burritos (the sausage is the best), served all day, set the standard high. There's no skimping out on meat, and don't expect to get only a mouth full of hash browns. Other places overcook the eggs or don't know how to evenly fill burritos with ingredients, but P&G is on it.

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