Many people swear by Puebla, but we’ve had better. Our main beef: The tortillas used for the soft tacos are too large, throwing off the critical meat-tortilla ratio. And lately the cooking seems lifeless. But the original Lake location, in a grungy 7-Eleven strip mall with the worst parking lot in Pasadena, must be commended for staying open until 4 a.m.
#1: 700 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena, 626.797.6884
#2: 1819 E. Villa St., Pasadena, 626.793.1083
#3: 2057 N. Los Robles Ave., Northwest Pasadena, 626.296.3390
B, L & D daily (Lake branch open until 4 a.m.), Mexican. No booze. MC, V. $