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LA’s Best Under-the-Radar Breakfast Burritos

Published On 09/29/2015 Published On 09/29/2015
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Yeah, yeah, Cofax has an amazing breakfast burrito, and so does Lucky Boy, and so does Corner Cottage, blah blah blah. We get it. Thing is though, there are so many more tortilla-wrapped, egg-stuffed gems that you DON’T know about (but should!).

So today we’re highlighting those with this list of LA’s 12 best under-the-radar breakfast burritos, none of which appeared on any of the most recent "best of" lists from LA Weekly, Eater, Thrillist, or, uh, Thrillist again.

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Mixto

Do yourself a favor and get yourself the Mixto burrito (four eggs, cilantro, tomatillo salsa, avocado, queso fresco, and Jack cheese) from Silverlake’s best casual-upscale-but-also-still-cheap Mexican spot. And for $2, add carne asada, because guys, $2.

Phanny's

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Phanny’s

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4103256

Phanny’s

Ham! Bacon! Sausage! Turkey! Onion! Pepper! Mushroom! Tomato! Ole! Ole! Ole!

Flake

The line takes 10 billion years, but it’s worth it for the $7 bacon burrito, which is perfectly simple: scrambled eggs, bacon, American cheese, and a side of homemade tomatillo salsa. Grab one, head outside, dig your toes in the sand, and say a little thank you prayer to the breakfast gods.

George's Burgers

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George’s Burgers

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4103371

George’s Burgers

George’s is really proud of its breakfast, and it absolutely should be. There are a ton of BB options and not a single one of them is over $8. And in addition to standard breakfast burrito meat choices, you can also pop some chicken in there, for a which-came-first-oh-who-cares kind of morning.

Tortas Mexico

Blink and you’ll miss it, Tortas Mexico is in the back of a strip mall where you can’t even see it. But like, trust us and go see it, ‘cause its tortas are the stuff of dreams... and so is the breakfast burrito (with eggs, hashbrowns, sausage, AND bacon).

VIPs Cafe

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VIP’s Café

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4103391

VIP’s Café

If you like a side of breakfast burrito with your potatoes, head over to VIP’s, which serves A TON of taters with your torpedo. Good thing they’re both outstanding -- and if you don’t trust us, trust John Wooden: the Wizard of Westwood used to eat there on the daily.

Alpha Omega

Covina’s best drive-thru also has Covina’s best (and probably biggest) breakfast burrito. Pop as many meats as you want in there to go along with the standard eggs, cheese, and hashbrowns. And order 100,000 sides of the homemade salsa.

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Lily’s Café & Pastries

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4103206

Lily’s Café & Pastries

The tortillas at Lily’s are super thick, so when you think to yourself, “Should I add French fries to my burrito to go along with the eggs, cheese, bacon, and refried beans?” it makes sense that you’d think about it for, like, at least five seconds before saying, “Yes.”

Nat’s Early Bite

Nat’s has been rocking the Valley for 30+ years, so it's definitely doing something right. And that something right is its perfectly cooked onions and peppers, which kick the burritos up a notch (BAM!). Oh and if you don’t wanna wrap your breakfast in a tortilla, you pretty much can’t go wrong with any of the South-of-the-border options, especially the Mexican omelet.

Baja Burritos

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Baja Burrito

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4103159

Baja Burrito

Before you get in your car and head over there, chill -- you can only get this baby one day a week. Every Sunday at the Studio City Farmers Market, there’s one spot with the biggest line, and it’s for good reason. $5 for regular, and $6 for meat. So bring an extra buck. For sure.

Paper or Plastik

“Every breakfast burrito in this city seems to have the same ingredients,” you say in a huff. Well relax, ‘cause Paper or Plastik is here to soothe your huffy bones. Along with the more-standard eggs and taters, its kick-ass breakfast burrito comes with baby spinach and melted Muenster. Mmmmmmmm.

3 Square Cafe & Röckenwagner Bakery

3 Square Café & Röckenwagner Bakery

3 Square hooks you up with eggs, chorizo or apple-smoked bacon, black beans, potato, cheddar, salsa, and the piéce de résistance... delicious guacamole. Also, there's beer. Good morning!

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Wilder Shaw is a regular Thrillist contributor who is really sorry he used the phrase "breakfast torpedo." Forgive him on Twitter at @WilderShaw_ and Instagram at @wildershaw.

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1. Mixto Comida Latina 2827 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

This window-service Mexican eatery supplies fast, casual, south-of-the-border fare. Their signature burrito, the Mixto, is loaded with eggs, avocado, salsa, queso, jack cheese and cilantro and is wrapped snugly in a whole-wheat tortilla. Other offerings include tacos, quesadillas, salads, bowls, and tortas. Mixto uses free-range chicken and grass-fed beef.

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2. Phanny's 1021 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Phanny's is a casual eatery known for their standard (but nonetheless delicious) burgers and packed breakfast burritos, made with various types of meats and fixings. Also available are cold brews and Stump Coffee.

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3. Flake 513 Rose Ave, Venice, CA 90291

With cereal box artwork lining the walls and sidewalk seating, this small counter-serve cafe in Venice is the perfect spot for a quick breakfast or lunch. The line takes 10 billion years -- especially during the morning rush -- but the perfectly simple breakfast burrito, made with scrambled eggs, bacon, American cheese, and a side of homemade tomatillo salsa, is worth it.

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4. George's Burgers 3101 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

This "no fuss" burger joint dishes out hearty portions made with simple, flavorful ingredients. George's also offers great pancakes, sizable breakfast burritos, and gyros.

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5. Tortas Mexico 11040 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

Hidden in a strip mall, this unassuming Mexican restaurant is known for their grilled sandwiches (tortas). Chorizo, roasted pork, egg, beef tongue, and breaded steak are just a few of their specialities.

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6. VIP's Cafe 18345 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

Situated in an office building along Ventura, this old-school breakfast and lunch nook supplies monstrous portions of standard diner fare. Fan favorites are the breakfast burritos, stuffed French toast, and crispy home fries.

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7. Alpha Omega 107 S Citrus Ave, Covina, CA 91723

What sets this mom-and-pop diner apart is its drive-thru, which allows customers to take their little slice of Americana on the road.

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8. Lily's Cafe & Pastries 29211 Heathercliff Rd, Malibu, CA 90265 (Malibu)

Lily's claim to fame is the burritos, which are about the size of a small loaf of bread. Those, paired with their homemade salsa, usually lead to a line out the door. Calling ahead is recommended. This spot also sports the best misleading name, because as good as Lily’s coffee and pastries are, it’s her breakfast burrito you’ll probably want.

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9. Nat's Early Bite 14115 Burbank Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

This American/Mexican mainstay has been around since the '80s, with locations all over San Fernando valley. Aside from their typical breakfast and lunch entrees, Nat's is famous for their homemade muffins and baked goods.

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10. Baja Burrito Cafe at Studio City Farmers Market , Studio City, CA 91604

Alongside dozens of other vendors—farmers, artisans, bakers, and store owners—Baja Burrito supplies market-goers with fresh Mexican fare made from local ingredients.

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11. Paper Or Plastik Cafe 5772 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

This family-owned cafe boasts a rotating, made in-house menu that includes inventive sandwiches (think halloumi and nectarines) and typical bistro dinner entrees. Guests dining on the mezzanine level can enjoy views of the dance studio next door.

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12. 3 Square Café & Röckenwagner 1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

Souffléd German pancakes, pretzel burgers, Weisswurst, and bagels and lox are a few of the menu items at this Bavarian cafe and bakery.

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