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Breakfast burritos: Berkeley area

Its been far too long since I have had my breakfast burrito fix at taquerias down in San Diego. Clearly I have to head down to Fruitvale and 12th to try them out at El Ojo de Agua taco truck... but has anyone discovered worthy bbs further north up towards Berkeley? Just for those lazy mornings.

Thanks chowhounders!

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  1. I'm also from San Diego and miss not only the breakfast burritos, but also the Baja-style mexican food. That said, when I have a craving for a good Mexican breakfast, I go to Picante's on 6th Avenue in Berkeley (and I live in Piedmont, so it's a bit of a hike -- but worth it). They have very good breakfast burritos, although I'm always tempted by the Chilaquiles Verdes (which is spectacular, but ask for two eggs as one isn't enough for the plate).

    http://picantecocina.citysearch.com/p...

    1. Haven't tried either of these but; La Calaca Loca on 51st St. in Oakland has breakfast burritos, as well as a place on 63rd and San Pablo whose name is escaping me.

      1. I have dreams of a breakfast burrito I once ate on a hungover morning in San Diego. They threw the bacon, hash browns, and sausage patties into a deep fryer until they were cooked. Then in a big tortilla they added eggs, cheeses, some chiles, and a good salsa. I swear it was heaven. I wake up on Sunday mornings craving something like it all of the time. Where o' Where in the Bay Area can I get a breakfast burrito like that? I think what made it so good was that everything was deep fried...

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        1. re: Big Larry

          I've had breakfast burritos like that in San Diego and also wish I could get them here. Sadly, I don't think they exist in the Bay Area. I like the ones at Picante (they are very good as are many of their other dishes), but they're different from what you describe. San Diego Mexican food is just different from anything I've found in the Bay Area. Maybe it's the Baja influence. I have to get my fill when I visit SD a few times a year to visit family.

          1. re: dsl

            Yes this is the problem. While I enjoy Picante (Chilaquiles Verdes is good), it doesn't satisfy the San Diego craving. But I just can't believe the SD breakfast burrito can't be replicated - they must be up here somewhere!

            Will try El Ojo de Agua taco truck (maybe this weekend)... maybe that is our best hope. Stay tuned.

            mmmm cheesy greasy goodness.

        2. Made it down to El Ojo de Agua this morning...it was a terrific breakfast burrito, albeit not exactly a la San Diego. Everyone of us got a different type - all of which had eggs, cheese, crema, salsa in addition to:

          Mexican style chorizo (includes rice beans and chorizo)
          Mexican style ham (includes rice beans and ham)
          American style ham (includes potatoes and ham)
          American style no meat (includes potatoes)

          They came with little foil-packets with radish, cucumber, and a delicious jalepeno. Also asked for hot sauce on the side and had a couple of agua frescas.

          As reported elsewhere on the boards, the Mexican style with Chorizo was the best. Even though that is not what I would get to emulate SD-style (meaning the beans and rice instead of potatoes), it really was the best. Definitely worth the trip, and will be back to try other items on the menu. (Warning to vegetarians - the potato-only still had some bits of meat in the potatoes)

          Located: On Fruitvale at 12th in Oakland
          Kittycorner from the BART parking lot (northeast corner of intersection)

          I believe its open 7 days a week from 6 or 7am till...?

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          1. re: megek

            You can get the American style with the chorizo as well, although it may not be on the menu. That's my fave! The only negative (or maybe it's actually a positive) is that it's too rich to finish for breakfast, and I usually end up eating half of it for lunch.

          2. The food trucks at the Alameda Point Flea Market have breakfast burritos that are very popular. I've never had one, but I can attest that the scrambled egg and bacon in my muffin are always cooked well enough, at least well enough for walking around at 7 AM on a Sunday.

            Not sure but I think that Gallegos on San Pablo in Berkeley might have them.

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            1. re: chocolatetartguy

              I know those bfst burritos exist up here...or used to. They served them from the truck that pulled up to the set when I was working on a movie in Marin County. They called them "5 Speed" - they were eggs, bacon, salsa, crema, and beans. I think they also had cheese. They had ambulances lined up to whisk us to Marin General for bypass surgery immediately following the last bite.

            2. I have eaten 5 speed burritos over the past 30 years from various R.C. The correct 5 speed has five items in it and they are scrambled eggs, fried potatos, bacon, ham, and sausage. No beans, no rice, no cheese, no salsa unless you have it on the side. I have never eaten in a restaurant that offered a 5 speed but I am sure there are some.