Aaah, the breakfast burrito: that magical combination of eggs, maybe some meat, probably some potato, and likely some sort of sauce, all wrapped in -- we're guessing -- a tortilla. It sounds... simple? Sure. But there's a big difference between a hey-that's-fine breakfast burrito and a HOLY-MOLY breakfast burrito. To help make finding the latter a little bit easier, here are the best breakfast burritos in NINETEEN different neighborhoods spread all across LA.
Corner Cottage (address and info)
When we last wrote about breakfast burritos, our commenters were up in arms that we didn't include the Corner Cottage. Like, seriously insanely upset. So we corrected it. It's the only time we've ever done that, ever. That should tell you just how good this cult favorite is.
Jose Chiquito (address and info)
Here's the thing about hitting this Grand Central Market staple: if you go with a few friends, you can also get Wexler's smoked meats and EggSlut's breakfast sandwiches, and bam -- you've hit three of the best breakfast options in all of LA.
Brite Spot (address and info)
A few years ago this diner got revamped, but the killer breakfast consistency remains, including their burrito, which is ante'd up with black beans and a green tomatillo sauce.
CiCi's Cafe (address and info)
Is it surprising that a former waitress from Jinky's (also on this list!) opened a breakfast-themed restaurant that's always busy? No, it is not, nor is it a surprise that their burrito is bomb.
DaJuiceBar (address and info)
OK, stay with us: we know Taqueria El Tapatio is here, and yes it is majestic. But DaJuiceBar has two things in its burrito that set it apart (other than that dumb name): mashed potatoes and kimchi. Yep, kimchi breakfast burritos are a thing. And you're gonna want one.
Brother's Burritos (address and info)
There's an Amigos in Hermosa, too, but if we didn't mention Brother's, a horde of beach bros would be all "Bro, why didn't you mention Brother's?".
Square One (address and info)
Under the watchful eye of the Church of Scientology, this always-creative, patio-driven cafe fires off a cheddar- and cilantro- and sour cream-topped burrito that's stuffed with the usual suspects and -- oh yeah -- cactus. FTW.
Pipers (address and info)
What sets this neighborhood staple's burrito -- stuffed, like most, with eggs, potatoes, and your choice of meat -- apart? Three words: open. 24. Hours.
La Cañada Flintridge
Lupe's Place (address and info)
This f'real taqueria's got f'real ingredients in their burrito: peppers, beans, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and the simmered-and-shredded meat known as machaca.
Taqueria La Mexicana (address and info)
Long Beach may be the breakfast burrito capital of LA and Taqueria La Mexicana may be the governor. Why does this window reign supreme? Uh, because they generously substitute in-the-burrito hash browns with FRENCH FRIES. Yep.
Los Feliz/Atwater Village
Tacos Villa Corona (address and info)
This Anthony Bourdain favorite will appear on every list of the best breakfast burritos from here 'til eternity. Which is as it should be (also, we have it on good authority that the chilaquiles burrito is EVEN BETTER. Impossible? Maybe??).
Amigos Tacos (address and info)
This hole-in-the-wall knocks out South Bay breakfast deliciousness with their two-egg burrito, which you can get stuffed with ham, hash browns, sausage, AND bacon -- all topped with a killer habanero salsa.
Cofax (address and info)
This newcomer tortilla monster -- served out of a teeny-tiny storefront on Fairfax -- has rapidly become massively coveted, and for good reason: the dudes behind Bludso's smoke the burrito's potatoes in the very same smoker that they use for brisket and chicken, both making them extra flavorful and extra crispy. Bonus: the salsa verde. Just... the salsa verde.
Lucky Boy (address and info)
Is it the burrito nazi who yells at you, the oppressively long lines, or the perfectly cooked bacon that make this one of the best breakfast burritos in LA? Yes, it is all of those -- and the size of this monstrosity, which, for many people, could count for two or three meals. And for you, one.
Huckleberry (address and info)
Perhaps the schmanciest, brunchiest place on this list, Huckleberry is a longtime favorite of soccer Moms and soon-to-be-soccer Moms. So is that a reason to write it off? Hell no: in their tortilla-wrapped bomb there are fried potatoes, Niman Ranch bacon, and guacamole. Mom wins.
Jinky's (address and info)
For the next time you're in Mid-Valley and thinking "yo, where's the best breakfast burrito by me??", we gotcha: Jinky's will hit you with the realness -- their Desperado's not only named after the best Eagles song, but it's stuffed with eggs, red onions, diced tomatoes, Ortega chiles, cheddar cheese (*breath*), chopped potatoes, and Jody Maroni turkey-chicken chorizo, and then (yes, there's an "and then"!) served with pea guacamole. And, oh yeah, you can sub the chorizo for gourmet chili. Or do both (do both).
Home (address and info)
Would you like super thick-cut bacon? Would you like it with homemade, fire-roasted salsa? Would you like it wrapped in a tomato-basil tortilla? You would. And you would go to Home for it.
Good Neighbor (address and info)
This super-charming cafe hits your burrito with high-end tri-tip, steak-ing its claim above the competition.
Hugo's (address and info)
Obviously you're gonna want to add meat to this breakfast staple's number, but it's actually already super flavorful thanks to a sautéed combo of peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro.
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Jeff Miller is Thrillist LA's Senior City Editor and is seriously obsessed with the Cofax burrito. Like, to an alarming degree. Like, he's probably eating one right now. Talk about it with him on Twitter at @thrillistla and see pictures of it on Instagram at @jeffmillerla.
1. Corner Cottage310 S Victory Blvd, Burbank
2. Jose Chiquito317 S Broadway, Los Angeles
3. Brite Spot Diner1918 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles
4. Cici's Cafe18912 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana
5. DaJuiceBar305 N Brand Blvd, Glendale
6. Brother's Burritos24 11th St, Hermosa Beach
7. Square One Dining4854 Fountain Ave, Los Angeles
8. Pipers Restaurant222 N Western Ave, Los Angeles
9. Lupe's Place1446 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada Flintridge
10. Taqueria La Mexicana3270 E 4th St, Long Beach
11. Tacos Villa Corona3185 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles
12. Amigos Tacos1221 Artesia Blvd, Manhattan Beach
13. Cofax Coffee Shop440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles
14. Lucky Boy531 E Walnut St, Pasadena
15. Huckleberry1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica
16. Jinky's Studio Cafe4000 Colfax Ave, Studio City
17. Home Restaurant2500 Riverside Dr, Los Angeles
18. Good Neighbor Restaurant3701 Cahuenga Blvd, Studio City
19. Hugo's Restaurant8401 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
This breakfast/brunch stop in Burbank is bring the big guns out, with their unstoppable breakfast burritos and sandwiches.
Located at Grand Central Market, Jose Chiquito is a small food stand that offers up unique sandwiches, customizable burgers, salads, burritos, and a full breakfast menu.
Eastsiders have been hitting up this Echo Park staple for years for whiskey headache-curing comestibles like the gravy-smothered buttermilk biscuit sammie with fried chicken and bacon.
CiCi's offers up top-notch classic breakfast and brunch options, including a must-try breakfast burrito and ham & eggs.
DaJuiceBar has two things in its breakfast burrito that sets it apart: mashed potatoes, and kimchi. Yep, kimchi breakfast burritos are a thing. Get one now.
This Mexican joint's got tri tip deliciousness, breakfast burritos to cure any hangover, and even some splendid French toast.
A great breakfast spot for gourmet eats and some inevitable celeb-watching.
This places has an awesome burrito that's stuffed, with eggs, potatoes, and your choice of meat. Plus. this places is open 24 hours.
If you find yourself out in La Cañada Flintridge and have a strong Mexican craving, stop in to this authentic taqueria that features dishes with fresh ingredients and burritos that will blow you away.
Long Beach may be the breakfast burrito capital of LA and Taqueria La Mexicana may be the governor. Why does this window reign supreme? Uh, because they generously substitute in-the-burrito hash browns with FRENCH FRIES. And if breakfast burritos aren't your thing, then they've also got plenty of non-breakfast options as well.
This tiny Mexican joint has got some of the best breakfast burritos in all of LA -- and that's aside from their pappas and delicious guac.
This South Bay hole in the wall is a friendly joint where you can expect some filling, delicious Mexican food, friendly staff, and a habanero salsa with a welcome kick.
Although Cofax began as a coffee shop, it quickly became a big name in the donut game when it hired a next-level pastry chef, who's churning out creative flavors like honey sea salt, lemon pistachio, and spiced crumb.
This fast food, cash-only joint is doling out some of the best breakfast burritos in the city.
This airy Santa Monica bakery and cafe has developed a cult following thanks to pastry chef Zoe Nathan's spot-on breads, pastries, and desserts. Every Saturday and Sunday morning brings a frenzy of locals waiting patiently in line for croissants (get the prosciutto), blueberry cornmeal cake, flatbreads, and more. The savory options are just as notable, especially the fried egg sandwich with bacon and arugula, and the prosciutto-and-pesto "Green Eggs & Ham" on a house-made English muffin.
Jinky's is known for delicious chilies (they have a whole separate menu for them) and plenty of filling breakfast fare. Try the Desperado breakfast burrito with eggs, red onions, diced tomatoes, Ortega chiles, cheddar cheese, chopped potatoes, and Jody Maroni turkey-chicken chorizo. Pair that with a Bloody Mary, and you got yourself one of the best brunch experiences in Studio City.
Though Home may be a bit costly for some, the menu full of comfort food and sweet happy hour deals will make a visit worth your while.
A charming Studio City cafe, Good Neighbor treats you like you've been a good neighbor, with a lengthy menu dedicated to homey foods like omelets, burgers, and plenty of other sandwiches and dishes.
Hugo's looks out for the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and normals with equal care. That means you can rock out with a flavorful breakfast burrito filled with a combo of peppers, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro, or you can do the same thing, but stuffed with meat and cheese as well.