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Where is the absolute best carne asada burrito?

Must satisfy my meat lust! Especially interested in Glendale, Pasadena, NE LA areas.

Suggestions, please.

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  1. Carnitas Michaocan, on No. Broadway at 19th, above Chinatown below Lincoln Heights at the 5 intersection. Good meat, though I prefer the al pastor from the rotisserie spit. The best because the salsa roja is the best, by far -- smoky, brick redbrown, spicy, complex, wonderful.

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    1. re: nosh

      My current studio is 2 blocks from Carnitas Michoacan, and I was quick to discover it. In the immediate area, CM does indeed have the best carne asada burrito. Their al pastor is off the chart as well, although I think it is a bit rich for a burrito. I usually get either lengua tacos, which are superb, or a carne asada burrito. Give yourself 20 minutes of line / wait time, because this place is jammed at all times. If they are open, there is a line. Nothing else in the area even comes close. Also, has an A in the window, which is almost nonexistant in the LA taco stand world.

      Llamarada down the street on Daly and Pasadena Ave. has awesome fresh salsa roja, but unfortunately their burritos and tacos are tasteless, which is quite a feat in a bad way. Bland Mexican food? How on earth does that even happen?

      What I pine for are the carne asada burritos from Sergio's in the City of Commerce. I don't even know if it is still there, but those are the best I have ever had. Period.

      Tacos Mexico and King Taco are decent chain substitutes, but I think you will be much happier finding something in a smaller one-off taco stand like Carnitas Michoacan. Enjoy! ©

    2. Thanks, Nosh! I'm drooling as I type. Just might have to detour on the way home!

        1. re: livnihs05

          ah, the perennial debate in my mind: carnitas vs. el taurino. both very different burritos; both satisfy very different moods. i love how el taurino marinades their meat in lime. ask for the hot sauce on the side, it is definitely intestine-searing.

          the nachos at carnitas is actually really good, too. i've been eating that and their burritos my entire life (i grew up at the nearby korean church).

          other than el taurino and carnitas, no burrito has come close. NONE. i've tried all the offerings here in west LA and am so disappointed.

        2. That's the one on Hoover?

          1. The SO and I stopped at El Taurino on Hoover after some late night event. This place feeds a large and diverse crowd especially late on a weekend. Ordered a carne asada burrito and a beer period. Got it, couldn't wait to dig in and BAM! the hot sauce hit me between the eyes it was so darn hot. Tried again after a slug of beer and WHAM! right at me again. I'm no slouch with heat but WOW I could not do this. Broke me heart but I couldn't take another bite.

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              1. re: rickym13

                owned by the same folks as El Taurino, no?

            1. A few months back I finally tried El Tuarino for the first time. I was very excited having heard so much about it. I was completely underwhelmed by the carne asada (I had it in a taco). The meat was pretty flavorless and tough. Yes, the salsa was very hot, which I did like. But I would never return when there are so many other better options.

              1. Yuccas!!!! It's my absolute favorite. It's a little hut in Los Feliz on Hillhurst across from Albertson's. I'm not sure if that's in your radius, but it is the best. It's simple... just meat, beans, and homemade salsa. It's pure and tasty. Just like your abuelita made it for you. Seriously. I love it. I crave it always. Also try their burrito de cochinita pibil... sweet and spicy pork roasted in banana leaves. It's juicy and yummy.

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                1. re: mawf1977

                  i'm with mawf1977, yuca's is nice - get their machaca or pork pibil burrito. even the burgers are decent since they probably grill them right over the carne asada hotspots. a lil' bit pricey for it's size, but too much of anything isn't always good. nice beans, salsa and juicy meat. only thing i wish they had was homemade hot sauce.

                2. I defer to Bandini, whose "The Great Taco Hunt" named Carnitas Michaocan the best of 2006. But beware, the location is up on No. Broadway at 19th. There are some others with the same name and numbers following (I recall one in ELA on or near Soto, another just SW of downtown) that are sorry approximations and lame imitations of the holy grail.

                  The dark, smoky, spicy complex salsa roja (Bandini first described it as a salsa negro) starts with a basketfull of peppers charred on the flattop and then magically blended. The meats are properly marinated and grilled. This is a place where the grillmaster even does burgers and fries excellently, and a plate of chips doused with cheese and topped with onions and salsa and great meat turns into one of the finest nachos especialle in town. No wonder there is a line.

                  Please, please please, if I have convinced you. I'll pay you double for a burrito al pastor, no beans, extra hot sauce, delivered to me on the westside at your convenience. Or four.

                    1. re: Ernie

                      I definitely want to try Taco Village.

                    2. May surprise you but the best I have ever had is at Senor Fish in Eagle Rock.

                      Their salsas are unbelievable also.

                      1. I second Taco Village in Montebello. Order it All Meat!

                        In fact I have talked to Bandini and he calls Taco Village his ALL TIME Favorite Carne Asada Burrito.

                        1. My favorite is the CAB at Dos Arbolitos in North Hills, but be forewarned as they, by default, add rice to it, and I know some aficionados that are meat-only.

                          1. Surprised nobody has suggested El Parian (1528 W. Pico Blvd., (213) 386 -7361). Not really Pasadena, but kick a** carne asada. Good enough, in fact, to make it worth braving the dicey neighborhood (El Parian has bars on the doors and windows, so it always looks closed from the street), and the absolute worst tortilla chips served anywhere. (I kid you not, they serve those crappy round tostitos chips, and stale ones at that.) Still, their carne asada is the best I've had in town (although I've not yet tried Taco Village, and Ernie definitely knows his stuff).

                            1. Yuca's- all the way! I crave the carne asada constantly. Best ever. I always get it with cheese- even though it is yes, American cheese- something I wouldn't expect to enjoy on my burrito- but something about all the flavors together is sooo good.

                              1. I like the burrito at El Toreo Cafe in Old Town Pasadena on Fair Oaks (just south of Cheesecake Factory)

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                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  I would like to try this place. Thanks for posting it. :)

                                2. Actually I've been having great luck with the carne asada burritos at Poquito Mas. Tender and juicy with a good meaty flavor and a generous portion.