I don’t know what “La Puente” means in English, and, frankly, I don’t care. (OK, yes, I do. I looked it up. It’s Spanish for “the bridge.” So there.)
What I do care about is this: when you ask for a recommendation for lunch on Twitter, and @robertgehrke tells you to go to La Puente, you go to La Puente. Especially when there’s a sudden rash of tweets agreeing with him. Don’t believe me? Check it here, here, here, and here.
So, I went to “the bridge.” In Spanish.
Despite rumors that it’s run by the Mexican drug cartel, none of that stuff was on the menu. But the smothered burrito (“smothered burrito” is Spanish for “smothered burrito”) was on the menu, and that was good enough for me.
Nine inches long, drenched in yellow cheese (cheddar, maybe?), full of chicken and more cheese and beans…hmm…very good.
To boot, La Puente gives you plenty of chips and some very hot salsa to go with it. Heck, if the smothered burrito doesn’t fill you up, then the chips will. Maybe even before the food gets to your table.
So how does it rate?
Food: 7/10 (let’s be honest–it was good, and I’m a sucker, so 7 is becoming about average)
Service: 7/10 (no wait over lunch, and fast refills)