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I need a new burrito in my life. Any suggestions?

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It's time to sample a new burrito. So you know....

My favorite is probably El Parian. I also enjoy Yuca's, Fast Taco (Santa Monica), King Taco, Juanita's (Eagle Rock), Lupe's, Taco Village, El Burrito Jr. (Redondo), Tito's, Poquito Mas, Gallegos, and El Molino de Oro (San Juan Capistrano).

I've also had Frida, Teresitas, Tacos Por Favor, La Cabanita, Pepe's, Paco's, Tia Juana, Lare's, El Cholo, Algeria, El Compadre, Chano's, Talpa, Mrs. Garcia, El Tarasco, the place on Sawtelle near Tito's, Monte Alban, Juqilia, El Nopal, Holy Guaccamole, El Tepayac, El Arco Iris, Coral Cantina, Gilbert's, Benito's, La Playita, 7 Seas, Eduardo's, Border Grill, La Serranta, and all those little spots on and around Centinela and Inglewood in the Culver City / Mar Vista area. All of these are fair to good, IMO.

Places I find too greasy or gristly are El Gran Burrito, Campos, that place on Western right off the 10, and basically all taco trucks.

I've of course had chains like La Salsa, Baja Bud, Baja Fresh, and Sharky's. They're OK in a pinch.

So, now that you know my burrito tastes, can you play matchmaker and find me a new burrito love?

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  1. The chile relleno burrito at Tere's Mexican Grill at the SE corner of Melrose at Cahuenga is very good, as are all the items I have had there so far.

    1. Rodeo Grill, one on Sunset in Echo Park and another branch on Olympic in Koreatown, has excellent burritos - I'm partial to their "enchilado" style - with sauce all over them. They have an excellent chile verde sauce for them but you have to ask for it, the default is the chile rojo, which is also very good. Their al pastor, carne asada and grilled chicken are all very good. They also have an excellent salsa bar.

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      1. re: estone888

        One great thing about Rodeo Grill (Sunset and Lemoyne) is their plethora of self-serve housemade sauces and condiments! The burrito place around the corner on Echo Park and Sunset (Los Burritos? Next to the House of Spirits) has a delicious chile verde burrito and a satisfying chile relleno burrito - the beans are very flavorful (if not also highly caloric).

        1. re: EREDSON

          In Santa Monica, on Ocean Park at around 30th. It's in the same complex as the Counter.

          I'm a big fan of the chicken burrito.

          1. re: scoot

            I used to be lucky enough to work across the street from there, I'm a huge fan of their carne asada burritos. The quesadillas are mighty tasty too.

            I miss Fast Taco.

            1. re: Swervo

              I'm thinking about eating at this place sometime in the next week... can you give me an idea of whats in their burrito? I'm a big fan of just the classic meat, beans, cheese, sour cream, tomato, lettuce etc... is this that sort of place?

              By the way.. I hate rice in my burritos... just fillar to me.

        2. Lately we've been getting the bean & cheese burrito with lots of pico de gallo at Chicos in Highland Park, Figueroa and Ave 50. But I've never tried Jaunita's in Eagle Rock--gonna try it now.

          1. my two ultimate favorites are the carne asada burrito at el taurino (off of hoover in k-town) and at carnitas michoacan.

            1. I do suggest something! Get an asada burrito at Rincon Taurino. I prefer the original location on Nordhoff and Van Nuys Blvd (the Terra Bella corner actually). They usually won't speak English, so you gots ta order carefully and be attentive to your number being called en Espanol.

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              1. re: Otius Gojius

                Second Rincon Taurino. Get the asada burrito and stipulate 'spicy' and your tastebuds will dance with joy.

                I actually prefer the smaller location on Nordoff just east of Van Nuys, as there is plenty of parking just behind and the burritos seem to be made slightly differently and more to my liking.

                Big, hearty, tasty burrito for less than 3 bucks.

              2. Carnitas Michaocan on No. Broadway above Chinatown at 19th. Good carne asada, excellent al pastor when sliced right off of the rotisserie spit. The best salsa roja -- deep rust color, complex, smoky, hot kick. Note -- there are other C.M. locations that don't compare to this one.

                1. The Grand Central Market trifecta: Tomas, Roast to Go and Ana Maria's.

                  GRAND CENTRAL MARKET
                  317 S. Broadway
                  Los Angeles, CA 90013
                  http://www.grandcentralsquare.com

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                  1. re: weebie

                    The enormous chile relleno burritos at Ana Maria's are very good

                    1. re: weebie

                      second grand central market. especially roast to go.

                      1. re: weebie

                        Agree. The carnitas burrito at Ana Maria's is one of my favorites.

                        1. re: David Kahn

                          Carnitas ANYTHING at Ana Marias is EXCELLENT! :D

                          --Dommy!

                        2. re: weebie

                          I absolutely agree with all recommendations for Grand Central - i love Tomas!

                        3. You MUST try Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica (14th at Olympic). It's the best - the carnitas are fantastic!

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                          1. re: SChalfant

                            I second the call for Tacos Por Favor in SaMo.
                            Carne Asada or Carnitas burrito - either or - WITHOUT RICE. WIthout the filler, they hit you with a little extra meaty goodness. Grab some extra red salsa and you're so good to go, you won't know what to do with yourself ;)

                            1. re: rawkreative

                              I prefer my burrito with rice but second the Tacos Por Favor suggestion nonetheless. I actually think the best filling there is the chorizo, and I always order the black beans as the pintos tend to be a little mushy.

                              PS: The OP has already been to Tacos Por Favor...d'oh!

                          2. I dream about and have serious cravings for the Al Pastor burrito at the food counter in the market on the corner of Hammond & Summit in Pasadena. I always add the nopales when he has it. Also, I get the red sauce (extra red sauce and then some on the side as well). Yes, my mouth is currently watering! See link below which also links my original post.

                            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/31687...

                            1. I bet Birrieria La Barca in El Monte has a great goat burrito. I had the goat meat this weekend there and it was fabulous.

                              1. You mention Lares, The Talpa, & Tacos por Favor. Not sure which burritos you've had there, but if you have not tried any of the following, I highly recommend them.

                                Lares - Manny Lane Pork Burrito - by far, the best chile verde burrito I've had.

                                The Talpa - Spicy Pork in Tomatillo Sauce Burrito (Be sure to get it wet with more spicy tomatillo sauce on top. Great, but spicy)

                                Tacos por Favor - it's hard to beat a carne asada burrito with guac and no rice - about as good as any non-wet burrito I've had. Goes great with their hot salsa roja.

                                My ten cents...

                                Moose

                                1. Kate Mantelini's had filet mignon burritos on the menu recently. Liked it so much we went home and started making filet mignon quesadillas.

                                  1. Nice memory. Except for truly outstanding meals, I can't remember the last 20 meals I've had, much less the last 20 burritos.

                                    Anyway, my favorite burrito is the carnitas burrito at Dos Burritos on Hollywood just west of Vine. I also like the carne asada burrito there.

                                    The Supermex burrito at Paco's is also an old favorite. Not because it's particularly authentic or anything like that. Rather, it's just an old taste that reminds me of an old time. I want one right now.

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                                    1. re: lil mikey

                                      I am sooo glad to find out Dos Burritos still exists! My husband & I used to go to it when it was next to the Frolic Room, & were so bummed when it was gone...We're going for some asada tacos ASAP!

                                    2. my fave: PASTRAMI BURRITO

                                      1. try the carnitas burrito at tacos delta on sunset in silverlake

                                        1. I was just posting this on another thread ...
                                          Cafe la Paz at Echo Park Blvd and Sunset, under the big, misleading "burrito king" sign serves a Burrito Enchilado de Pollo that is not to be missed.

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                                          1. Daddys on Adams Blvd or OKI DOG on Pico 3 blocks east of LA BREA PASTRAMI BURRITO!!!!!!

                                            1. My sentimental favorite is the machaca burrito at Burrito King at Sunset and Alvarado. And I love La Paz, although I mostly eat the salvadorean breakfast there. The chocolate con leche is superb. I'll have to try that burrito.

                                              1. So your tired of the same-o-same-o's and ready to trip the light fantastic with a exiciting new tortilla wrapped babe to love. May I suggest you broaden your horizons:

                                                The Fairly Normal - then down the slippery slope to the Paranormal
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                                                El Taxate - Oxacan - Santa Monica
                                                Mole Negro or Chile Relleno Burrito

                                                El Talpa - Mexican - W.L.A.
                                                Deep Fried Chile Relleno (in a) Burrito

                                                Bosa Nova - Brazilian - Beverly Hills
                                                Willy's Favotite Burrito - A modest S.A. twist.
                                                http://www.bossanovarestaurants.net

                                                Jose' Bernstein's - Mexican Deli - Westwood Village
                                                Spciy Galbi Kimchi Burrito - Korean BBQ, Kimchi, Spanish Rice, lettuce, tomato, onion, cilantro, & sauce. Suggestion - It's a great idea but ask them to cut the rice in half and double the meat & kimchi; expect to pay more than $4.99 for the upgrade.

                                                Bombay Cafe - Indian - W.L.A.
                                                Lamb (or Chicken) Frankie - "...handmade egg-washed "tortillas" are filled burrito style." And they can really crank up the heat level.
                                                http://www.bombaycafe-la.com

                                                Sunnin - Lebanese - Westwood
                                                Beef Kebab Hot Sandwich - wrapped in light dough and eaten like a buritto, just remember to ask for the jar of green chile condiment they have behind the counter for a little heat. Best Middle Eastern Burrito on Tehran High Street.
                                                http://www.sunnin.com

                                                Oki Dog - Southwestern/Japanese Fusion - Hollywood (where else!
                                                )The One & Only "Oki Dog" - Made ala classic burrito fashion. Read the linked article and make sure to scroll down to the bottom for a pictoral presentation of its preparation:
                                                http://starbulletin.com/2004/09/01/fe...

                                                And Finally - A Sweet Burrito? I've always thought that "Moo Sho Pork" was just a fancy tasting Chinese Burrito.

                                                1. Daniels Tacos on Vineland Ave. (Sun Valley). It's a small joint. Their Al Pastor tacos are to die for! Only a buck each. Ask for some grilled onions and jalepenos; sometimes they forget to give you some. Try to make your trip there AT NIGHT, when they're making the tacos outside.

                                                  7956 Vineland Ave
                                                  Sun Valley, CA
                                                  Phone: (818) 759-0721

                                                  Marielas Taco is also a good place for carne asada tacos.

                                                  3662 1/2 W 3rd St
                                                  Los Angeles, CA
                                                  Phone: (213) 381-7356

                                                  *I know you mentioned "burritos", but these places are worth checking out. Both are open late (1-2AM), which is always good.

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                                                  1. re: poop

                                                    That's the place!! Daniel's! I drove by last weekend and the line must have been at least 15 people deep.

                                                  2. Give the Carne Asada Burrito at EL TOREO in Pasadena a try.

                                                    The place is wedged between a Cheesecake Factory and a Wockano -- looks completely out of place in that stretch of Old Town Pasadena.

                                                    Good stuff - love their green chili salsa.

                                                    El Toreo
                                                    21 South Fair Oaks Ave
                                                    Pasadena
                                                    (626) 793-2577

                                                    1. All Chicken Burrito, $7.25 at Casa Del Rey (Temple City or Arcadia).

                                                      Huge burrito served "wet" style with probably a pound of juicy stewed chicken meat--easily a meal and a half. They've also got some great home made salsa with some pretty good heat.

                                                      http://www.sangabrielvalleymenus.com/...

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                                                      1. re: monku

                                                        Don't forget about the Sierra Madre location!

                                                      2. Taqueria Azteca (or something like that). Across the street from Glendale High School, Verdugo Rd. between Broadway and Colorado.

                                                        1. How about the carnitas burrito at Las Fuentes in Reseda?

                                                          1. I love the monster burrito at El Pollo Amigo in West Hills.

                                                            1. The carne asada burrito at Don Felix (Sawtelle and Washington)is to die for.

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                                                              1. re: PaliBruin

                                                                cha-ching!!

                                                                thats my go to spot for a quick and cheap mexican fix of al pastor taco's and carne asada or carnita's burrito! mmmm!

                                                                1. re: PaliBruin

                                                                  Try it smothered in the red sauce (burrito mojado); I'm not normally a fan of smothered burritos, but it's mole-ish, hot, addictive and incredible. Even my chile-phobic wife craves it.

                                                                2. My friend Vampiro, the wrestler from Guadalajara, swears by CANCUN at the Stater Bros shopping center at Golden West and Warner in Huntington Beach. And so do I! He says it's more Mexican than the places in his hometown.
                                                                  Their shrimp burrito is simply unreal.
                                                                  Prices are dirt cheap. Beside all the pork/beef/fried fish, they also make a mean Cajun pan fried fish that I order as a burrito.
                                                                  Their breakfast burrito-which is HUGE-is $2

                                                                  1. Grand Central Market in Downtown has a place called Tacos Tomas. I kid you not, they have a burrito when weighed, weighs anywhere from 1/12 to 2 lbs on a produce scale for 4 bucks. And it tastes great! You'll just be 1 1/2 to 2 lbs heavier if you finish it.

                                                                    1. Dude, TACOS VIA CORONA in atwater village...it's awesome. xoxoxo me

                                                                      1. El Tepeyac -- it's in East L.A. and worth the gas money to get out there. The Hollenbeck Burrito is the size of a Duraflame log. Huge does not describe it. Awesome and delicious.

                                                                        http://losangeles.citysearch.com/revi...

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                                                                        1. re: ivankrueger

                                                                          Agree. And, as others have noted, their chicken taquitos are excellent.

                                                                          1. re: ivankrueger

                                                                            One thing to note... the regular Hollenbeck is sometimes hit and miss... but the Chicken Hollenbeck is always DEAD on...

                                                                            http://members.aol.com/pmgon/Chowhoun...

                                                                          2. Not really in your neck of the woods but I love the Chile Verde burrito at El Taco on Rosemead Blvd (just south of Huntington/North Woods Inn/Trader Joe's). It's just a little drive thru place but they make fantastic verde with a good bit of heat to it. Their taquitos are good too.

                                                                            Everytime I venture over I expect to see it gone as it's a big lot and they don't seem to do a ton of business (at least not compared to In n Out or McDonald's). I'd love it if more people gave it a try and kept them going.

                                                                            1. The carnitas burrito at Cactus on Vine - $3.50 for a solid meal.

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                                                                              1. re: blacksab67

                                                                                Amen!! I love the Cactus....there's another location on Beverly just west of Normandie. Their carnitas burrito is excellent and cheap!

                                                                              2. We love the scallop burritos at Senor Fish (South Pasadena, LA, Duarte and Eagle Rock are their locations)

                                                                                1. Just wanted to report on Dos Burritos on Hollywood just west of Vine (south side of the street)

                                                                                  Went there last night based on a few recs on the board. The pickled carrots and chiles were good, beans and rice were good, sauces were good, but...it feels like some love was put into this place at some point, but the couple knuckleheads that were working the joint last night were letting things slide. The carnitas were dry and a little sketchy. Tasted like old meat. Really, the sauces, rice and beans were what made it pretty decent. These guys were also switching back and forth to assembling and handling money the entire time I was there without washing their hands once. I'm pretty lax on health standards but I was grossed out by the time I left.

                                                                                  Maybe it was the constant stream of gabachos walking in asking for vegetarian burritos, hold the salsa, that left these guys discouraged.

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                                                                                  1. re: fooddude37

                                                                                    I had a similar experience at Dos Burritos. I wanted it to be good, some aspects were, but ultimately, I don't desire to ever go back.

                                                                                    1. re: BearCity

                                                                                      DUDE,
                                                                                      AL & BEAS IN ELA/BOYLE HEIGHTS. THE GREEN CHILE AND CHEESE BURRITO.
                                                                                      UNTIL YOU TRY IT YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE EXPLOSION OF FLAVOR,TASTE AND DEEP SATISFACTION. two bucks!

                                                                                  2. i cannot believe that you put el tepeyac on the same list as el cholo, la cabanita, pepe's, 7 seas, baja fresh, etc. i have been going to el tepeyac since the mid-60's, and have NEVER seen anything comparable to the hollenbeck or, (if your party of 6-8 is really hungry), a SINGLE manuel's special. i grew up in east la and then moved to silverlake. i really have tried then all. i don't believe that you you are serious.

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                                                                                    1. re: justanotherpenguin

                                                                                      Dear Pengy,
                                                                                      I agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                                      1. re: justanotherpenguin

                                                                                        I grew up in East LA area too but don't think the Hollenbeck is all that. The oversized novelty is fun at first, but way too many ingredients going on, it gets goopy, and sometimes too much is just too much.

                                                                                      2. Since you mention Sharkey's, Baja Fresh and Poquito Mas, and no one else has mentioned it, may I suggest you try Chipotle? I think, like the others, it is a small chain and the one I'm familliar with is in Woodland Hills on the NE corner of Topanga and Ventura

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                                                                                        1. re: robwein

                                                                                          El Tepayac in Boyle Heights (Evergreen north of Cesar Chavez); Al and Beas also in Boyle Heights (1st St east of the 5 Frwy); and Lupe's in East Los Angeles (3rd St east of the 710 Frwy just passed King Taco)

                                                                                          1. re: robwein

                                                                                            Chipotle is not a "small" chain by any means... over 600 sites around the country and growing fast... formerly owned by McDonalds. Good, but not worthy of comparison with a lot of the others mentioned here.

                                                                                          2. Have you tried Chipotle? Its a chain but its really fresh and clean food. I actually like the tacos because then you can mix and match the different meats. I like the carnitas and the chicken.. The guacamole is really good with their lime and salt tortilla chips. Check and see if there is one in your area..

                                                                                            1. Boca del Rio in La Puente.

                                                                                              Go there. Now.

                                                                                              Some of the BEST food I've enjoyed over the years and still exactly like it was twenty or thirty years ago. They use cabbage instead of lettuce on tacos and burritos, the salsas rock and the asada is perfection in meat. Oh yeah, they also use sour cream and guac.

                                                                                              Oh, I may have to drive there now.

                                                                                              1. Try the "wet" burrito at El Sombero in Hermosa Beach (Artesia & Sepulveda Blvd.), it's awesome, homemade, and as big as your head!

                                                                                                1. I love the all machaca burrito at El Tepyac, also great guacamole No one's mentioned the fish and shrimp burritos at Senor Fish. I like the fried shrimp burrito's, large shrimp, with rice only at Senor Fish. They also have good care asada.

                                                                                                  1. What's up scoot? I have two places for you to go and try.
                                                                                                    1) El Locos is located in a little shopping center at the corner of Atlantim Blvd and 3rd St. in East Los Angeles. Order a combination burrito with extra cheese. This burrito is a combination of chili verde and chile colorado, beans and cheese. This burrito is big and can be messy if you are not a professional! I suggest chili rojo to go with you burrito.

                                                                                                    2) King Torta is located in El Sereno on Valley Blvd. It is about a half a mile west of where the North bound 710 fwy ends on Valley Blvd at the Alhambra, El Sereno border. Order their carne asada burrito and you will not be disapointed. This burrito is also huge and has the potential of becomming a mess, but a burrito eating professional will be able to keep it together and undercontrol. The burrtio carries carne asade, beans, cheese, letuce, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa verde or rojo. I recomment the salsa rojo because it is spicier and has more flavor.
                                                                                                    I hope you try out these places.

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                                                                                                    1. re: iknowfood64

                                                                                                      mmm that sounds just like the kind of burritos i want to be eating. can you recomend any place in the la puente area or surrounding cities. i already know of boca.. i want to explore other possibilities. thanks..

                                                                                                    2. Nicely done list! I appreciate that Poquito Mas makes it into tier 1. Their food is much better than the Baja Fresh/La Salsa group that they generally get lumped into. I think our tastes are pretty similar, and while as you point out there are lots of decent burritos in this town, great ones are truly hard to find.

                                                                                                      Only place I can think of that you're missing is Señor Fish. I like the one on 1st and Alameda. Fantastic, especially the fish. I'll try to think of another.

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                                                                                                      1. re: jlevine

                                                                                                        Oh, La Res on Pico in Santa Monica. Not necessarily a burrito spot, but the food is great, including the burros.

                                                                                                        1. re: jlevine

                                                                                                          And for those running around looking for a new Mexican food restaurant called La Res please be advised that this is "Lares" on Pico Blvd. in Santa Monica.