La Parrilla combines strange flavors to create fusion burritos

Deciding on the type of food that you want for dinner can be a surprisingly difficult ordeal at times. Sometimes you feel a craving for Hispanic food, but the fettuccine alfredo you saw in the SUB earlier that day reminds you how much you love Italian food. This might put you in a difficult culinary, but La Parrilla Grill and its Fettuccine Al Burro burrito could solve your problem.


Founded in 1996, La Parrilla (also known locally as La Pa) is the product of Zack Anderson, who was part of the team that created many other Bozeman staples such as The Garage, On The Rise Bakery and Naked Noodle. Although it has other items to offer, La Parrilla is most well-known for their eclectic burritos, which they call “fusion burritos.” There are 12 specialty burritos and a “Create Your Own” option.


La Parrilla uses various flavors from around the world spanning from Mid-Western BBQ to traditional cuisine Indian cuisine. Although there are many colorful palettes on the menu, the Wrap of Khan seems to be the most popular order. La Parrilla describes the burrito as having hot chili bean spread with cilantro-lime rice, bamboo shoots, purple cabbage, with a spicy Thai chili peanut sauce. Another popular burrito, The Santa Fe, takes its inspiration from the American Southwest’s famous fare. The Santa Fe has corn, black beans, roasted red bell peppers, a choice of pasta or rice, with a creamy chipotle sauce.


On paper, it may seem near possible to marry some of the seemingly conflicting flavors on the menu. Despite this, La Parrilla manages to strike the right balance between bizarre and delicious. Harmony is created by delicately mixing experimentation with familiarity. The Blackened Salmon burrito is an excellent example of the crafting of La Parrilla. Cilantro lime rice and a sun-dried tomato ricotta spread is an unlikely combination, but the common addition of the blackened salmon ties the dish together to create a remarkable taste that will stick in your mind even after you leave the restaurant.


The downside to the exotic “fusion burritos” is that they are relatively expensive for a burrito. Depending on the type of meat, a specialty burrito can range from $6.99-$9.99. Like many others, my initial reaction to the “fusion burritos” was confusion and discomfort. It was not until I actually sat down and tried some of La Parrilla’s meals that I was swayed. Regardless of how outlandish the burritos sound on the menu, I strongly recommend trying one before judgment is made. You may be surprised at how enjoyable some of the strangest items can be.