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LA's 11 best burritos of all time

Published On 12/15/2014 Published On 12/15/2014

For all the times you woke up too late to score one of the best breakfast burritos in LA (it happens, no judgement here), we've got the next best thing for you: the 11 best burrito burritos in all of LA.
   

Eduardo’s Border Grill

West LA
What you're getting: Border Burrito
Quietly tucked in a strip mall along Westwood Blvd, Eduardo's has long been a reliable standby for UCLAers and anyone else wisely waiting out traffic on the Westside. Humble and fresh, the “world famous” Border Burrito hits you with maximum carne asada action and fresh guac, plus serves as a great delivery system for the array of house salsas.

Manuel's El Tepeyac

Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Café

Boyle Heights
What you're getting: Hollenbeck de Machaca
An Eastside institution since 1955, El Tepeyac has been slinging smothered burritos the size of newborns since before you were the size of a newborn. Manuel may be handing out tequila shots at the Great Burrito in the Sky now, but the modestly-sized 2.5lb Hollenbeck de Machaca still delivers: a griddled tortilla loaded with tender shredded beef, cheddar, eggs, jalapeños, rice, beans, and guac, all smothered in deep red ranchera sauce.

Mexikosher

Mexikosher

Pico-Robertson
What you're getting: Carnitas burrito
Wait, KOSHER DELICIOUS CARNITAS? How does that work? Oh it's a Top Chef dude doing short rib that's braised for more than 18 hours in duck fat? Yep, that'll do it.

La Azteca Tortilleria

East LA
What you're getting: Chile Relleno with asada burrito
You know when you see the tortillas being made by hand in front of you that your burrito dreams are about to come true. Order the famed Chile Relleno-stuffed burrito loaded with charred and tender asada at this classic outpost. Then order another one. Then think about never eating again.

El Chato

El Chato Taco Truck

Mid-Wilshire/Miracle Mile
What you're getting: Al pastor burrito
You’ve probably seen the massive line as you’ve cruised past on Olympic or La Brea late at night and wondered if the wait could even be worthwhile. Well, it is. The tacos are legit, but a burrito loaded with freshly sliced al pastor and pineapple is the kind of thing that turns good late nights into great ones.

Al & Bea’s Mexican Food

Boyle Heights
What you're getting: Bean and cheese burrito with green chile
Everything you've heard is true, assuming you've heard that this pillow of burrito's awesomeness contains the revered blend of refried beans, melty cheese, and green chile salsa. It's simple. And it's delicious.

Yuca's

Yuca’s

Los Feliz
What you're getting: Cochinita pibil burrito
While the tacos deservedly get lots of attention at this family-run stand, you can maximize your enjoyment by burrito-sizing that goodness. The machaca is fantastic, but the cochinita pibil burrito -- Yucatan-style, slow-roasted pork with citrusy achiote -- reigns supreme.

Salsa and Beer

Van Nuys and North Hollywood
What you're getting: Spicy chipotle burrito
If their stellar name alone isn’t enough to convince you, their massive spicy chipotle burrito will. A 32oz Tecate? Also pretty convincing.

Cha Cha Chili

Cha Cha Chili

El Sereno
What you're getting: Kalbi burrito
Roi Choi may be the man best known for his Mexi-Korean mash-ups, but this former food truck outpost can also hold its own when dishing up the crazy-good Kalbi short rib ‘rito love.
 

Esquela Taqueria

Escuela Taqueria

Pasadena
What you're getting: Green chile burrito
Branching out from their Beverly Blvd location, Escuela is now also serving up their much-loved (and responsibly raised!) Mexi-Cali plates in Pasadena. Thankfully their burrito with braised pork shoulder, refried beans, and green chile made the trip too.

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Gilbert’s El Indio Restaurant

Santa Monica
What you're getting: Fernando’s Burrito
This cash-only Santa Monica stalwart goes heavy on the kitsch, strong on the ‘ritas, and wonderfully sloppy on the salsa and cheese that covers their chile relleno- and bean-stuffed burrito.
 
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1. Eduardo's Border Grill 1830 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 (West La)

Quietly tucked in a strip mall along Westwood Blvd, Eduardo's has long been a reliable standby for UCLAers and anyone else wisely waiting out traffic on the Westside. Humble and fresh, the “world famous” Border Burrito hits you with maximum carne asada action and fresh guac, plus serves as a great delivery system for the array of house salsas.

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2. Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe 812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90033 (Downtown)

Until his recent passing, the patriarch of El T would greet each customer with a shot of tequila. The recklessly generous hospitality continues to this day in the form of the monumental Manuel's Special, which was originally conceived to feed Cal State linebackers. It's a 5lb monster packed with deep-fried pork shoulder stewed in onions, green chile, and tomatoes.

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3. MexiKosher 8832 W Pico, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

Just now open on Pico (duh), MexiKosher's exactly what it sounds like: a fantastic pun, and also a traditional Mexican restaurant employing all-Kosher preparations overseen by a chef who's done time at Maestro's and Bastide, and is now feeding it to you in a small, casual room with one side constructed of (and apparently this is legal) stones from Jerusalem’s holy Western Wall, aka the row of Tercels blocking you from getting to Vermont.

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4. La Azteca Tortilleria 4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90022 (East La)

Mainly a wholesale tortilla operation tucked into a not-yet-gentrified Mexican corner of East LA, their storefront's hiding a pair of tables at which to devour one of LA's most lauded eats: a chile relleno burrito filled with a cheese-oozing pepper, beans, and roughly chopped pico.

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5. El Chato Taco Truck 5300 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

This award-winning taco truck posts up at the corner of Olympic and La Brea serving up almost anything you can imagine nestled inside a soft tortilla.

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6. Al & Bea's 2025 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Affordably delicious, simple, and authentic Mexican fare, this local favorite has tasty beans, meat, and cheese.

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7. Yuca's Taqueria 2056 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027 (Los Feliz)

While the tacos deservedly get lots of attention at this family-run stand, you can maximize your enjoyment by burrito-sizing that goodness. The machaca is fantastic, but the cochinita pibil burrito -- Yucatan-style, slow-roasted pork with citrusy achiote -- reigns supreme.

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8. Cha Cha Chili 4625 Valley Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90032

Roi Choi may be the man best known for his Mexi-Korean mash-ups, but this former food truck outpost can also hold its own when dishing up the crazy-good Kalbi short rib ‘rito love.

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9. Escuela Taqueria 308 N Stanley, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (Mid Wilshire)

This shoebox-sized taco shop's oddly decorated w/ dangling, upside-down chairs and's doling out crazy taco radness w/ stuffings including pork chuleta, branzino, and carnitas, as well as sides like habanero coleslaw, pumpkin-seed gremolata, and pickled ca

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10. Gilbert's El Indio 2526 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (Santa Monica)

This cash-only Santa Monica stalwart goes heavy on the kitsch, strong on the ‘ritas, and wonderfully sloppy on the salsa and cheese that covers their chile relleno- and bean-stuffed burrito.

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