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Best Breakfast Burritos

I would love to find out who you all think has the best breakfast burrito is Southern California. I have come to find this humble food not only craveable but a perfect cure for the morning after feeling that I get after the many wine functions I attend. Hook a girl up Chow Hounders.....can't wait to hear what you guys have to say!
Thanks in advance.

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  1. There is certainly no doubt in my mind: Lucky Boy in Pasadena. Here is a previous post with references to four threads:

    "Actually, the legendary breakfast burrito is the best food of its kind in LA. This cuisine is about excess. There's too much of everything in the concoction. More bacon (or sausage if you ask for it instead) than you could ever eat, along with eggs, potatoes, peppers, etc. Bacon ordered on the side will supply your needs for the next week. The meatless version has too many potatoes, but if you're a vegetarian you should probably stay away anyway. An institution for those adventurers who aren't into following the Taco Trucks around town. A mecca for teenage boys with limitless ability to burn calories. One of my sons runs a cottage industry of taking advantage of his driver's license and senior privileges to take orders from his entire high school for burritos for lunch."


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    1. re: Griller141

      Lucky Boy has the best breakfast burrito.

      1. re: Griller141

        Absolutely! Also Wonder Burger on Walnut has really good ones (in the same vein as LBs).

        1. re: WildSwede

          Are you sure it is on Walnut? I think it is on Foothill, east of Altadena Dr.

          2584 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107 [according to the yellow pages]

          1. re: haydn1796

            Easy to get confused: Walnut splits off east of Allen, a block before Craig, and the main road becomes Foothill.

        2. re: Griller141

          My two favorite places are Lucky Boy and the original Top's on Colorado blvd.

          1. re: SoCal Foodie

            I have never had Top's breakfast burritos! I love their Chicken Tostadas and Burgers (not to mention their delicious Ranch dressing for the zucchini sticks!). I will need to try, thanks!

            1. re: WildSwede

              The Tops breakfast b. - get the basic egg, potato and cheese...then ask for both the packaged "taco sauce" (hear me out, this really tasted good) and at least two of the salsa verde minicup servings that come with their fish tacos...unroll, drizzle sauce throughout, reroll and go. That combination was excellent, green salsa had a nice kick.

              (...now a food of my past, like everything at Tops, gargantuan in size. I wished it came in a junior version since it didn't overnight well enough to score in my Top Ten of Leftovers).

          2. re: Griller141

            I had one of the best breafast burritos at Taco Factory in Mission Viejo last sunday. It has egg, chorizo, beans, and cheese. Plain and simple with great flavors! I can't do bacon and sausage chunks in a breakfast burrito.

            1. re: Griller141

              Today at Lucky Boy for lunch (1:30pm) I ordered a fish sandwich and saw this huge burrito being prepared and asked what it was and the cashier said a breakfast burrito, I immediately cancelled my order and said "give me that."

              That was the biggest hand held burrito I've ever had(I don't consider Manuel's Burrito at El Tepeyac hand held). It easily weighed a pound. Unbelieveable how much bacon was in it, could have done with about half the amount of potatoes in it.

              I must have been lucky to get it because the sign said breakfast items served 6:30am-10:30am.

              Or are they available all day???

              1. re: monku

                On the weekend they're available all day.

                1. re: bigtums

                  Thank you....Good to know.
                  I don't know if people its the best--its definitely the biggest.

                  1. re: bigtums

                    but not available all day m-f? because i was thinking about stopping by later tonight.

                    1. re: phant0omx

                      I don't think so. Although, who knows?! I suppose you can try and if they don't, I hear the burgers and BLT sandwich are really good. Or if you're in the burrito mood you can hop on the 110 and get a good burrito in highland park.

                      1. re: bigtums

                        i was infact able to get a breakfast burrito yesterday night. it was good. zucchini was good too.

              2. Love Love Love the potato and egg burritos at Villa Corona in Atwater.

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                1. re: Sugar Jones

                  I have never been to Villa Corona but I like simple potato and egg burritos. I sometimes drive to Juanita's taco shop down in Encinitas to get my fav. Can you say what the potato is like in that burrito?

                  1. re: Sugar Jones

                    ditto on Tacos Villas Corona on Glendale Blvd just east of I-5.

                    1. re: Sugar Jones

                      try the tortilla and egg breakfast burrito at tvc. chips thrown into the egg/cheese/meat mix take on a chilaquiles-like consistency that i prefer to the potatos. might i recommend adding chicken. enjoy the birds next door.

                      1. re: Sugar Jones

                        I stopped by this am. I had a potato, egg, bacon and cheese breakfast burrito. I was very hungry and ate it all. The combination of everything is what makes this one better than most. However, the potatoes have two problems IMO. First, I will say that the texture is very good – a little crunchy now-and-then. I could not tell for sure whether it was the real crunched-up bacon in every bite or the potatoes that caused that crunch but I liked it. It could have been both. On the down...The aftertaste has stayed with me for several hours even after eating two sweet donuts with milk to try to drown it. It also took me that long to figure out what caused that aftertaste. I knew when eating it that the potatoes dominated the flavor -- oil. Even with all that bacon the oil in the potatoes took control. The reason is that those potatoes are cut into 1/4 inch cubes, or just a little bigger, and then a whole basket is filled and put into the deep fry until browned. Then the whole basket is left hanging over the deep fry to drip dry until someone walks in and orders something. Actually, the hot deep fry continues to add vaporized oil to the basket of small diced potatoes directly above the hot grease. Moreover, the small size of the potato cubes enabled the potato to become fully saturated with oil while cooking. Maybe it was about a half hour later that I walked-in and ordered. The potatoes were then scooped onto the hot griddle next to the deep fry while eggs are mixed-in. I asked if I could order the eggs over-medium and he refused saying he must be sure the eggs are cook well. ???? The result is re-fried greasy potatoes with dry egg mixed in. When you look at those potatoes while eating that giant burrito they appear not to have much oil – but it is there, lots of it! That is why the overall texture is not dry but that is not to say it is moist. It is just oil from the deep fry. But hey, sometimes oil is OK. Right? But here I sit 4 hrs. later and my stomach says, “No bueno.”

                        Tacos Villa Corona (next to the Pampered Bird. Breakfast & Lunch only –close around 6:pm, Tiny taco stand with two small tables outside. Asada and breakfast burrito)
                        3815 Glendale Blvd (Just East of I-5)
                        Atwater CA, 90039 (Think Glendale near the I-5)
                        (323) 661-3458

                        1. re: JeetJet

                          Seriously, the chorizo breakfast burrito at Tacos Villa Corona is my idea of heaven.



                        1. I use to think Penny's (Corner of Figueroa and York in Highland Park) had the best, but I went back to have a Lucky Boy one and yup-there's is the best!

                          1. Lilly's Cafe in Malibu -- scrambled eggs, cheese, beans and bacon topped with their hot, hot, hot and smokey salsa.

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                            1. re: whatsfordinner

                              My two favorite breakfast burritos are at:

                              NAT's Early Bites in Van Nuys
                              FLOOKY's on Canoga ave in Chatsworth/Canoga Park

                              Trust me and try these both, so so good.


                              1. re: Hypnotic23

                                Does Flooky's still have that red soda? man, I love that stuff!!

                              2. re: whatsfordinner

                                I second Lily's hands-down—I order the Pancho Breakfast burrito w/o green peppers. AMAZING... CALL AHEAD though or you'll be standing around for 30 mins...

                                Veggie burrito is to die for as well. And her salsa... mmmm....

                                Lily's Cafe & Pastries
                                29211 Heathercliff Rd Ste 60, Malibu, CA 90265

                              3. I'm a big fan of Rick's breakfast burrito... at Fletcher & Riverside (between Silver Lake & Atwater Village).

                                The Astro Burger on Santa Monica & Gardner has a decent one, too.

                                1. for westside options, I like the one at Tacos Por Favor.

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                                  1. re: mollyomormon

                                    I'm addicted to their chorizo and cheese breakfast burritos.

                                  2. My fave is at Golden Eagle in Signal Hill. A TON of bacon, sausage and ham, eggs, lots of cheddar, hash browns and salsa. Am I wrong for getting it with no salsa and then dousing each bite with ketchup packets? So good. They also make a great turkey burger and chicken burrito.

                                    P.S. Oh, and did I mention the breakfast burrito is served ALL DAY? Willow & Cherry, across from Costco.

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                                    1. re: Oh Robin

                                      Dude! I LOVE "The Eagle" as me and my often hungry sometimes hung over staff call it. It is one of my top three and trust me I have eaten many a breakfast burrito. The hashbrowns on that thing are so buttery and tasty it is sick. I get it with salsa as I am not a fan of the ketchup but how ever you take it that is one wicked craveable burrito.

                                      1. re: Oh Robin

                                        When I get my breakfast burrito I always ask them to just put the ketchup in there. So good and I don't have to worry about holding a mega burrito in one hand and a ketchup packet in the other! My clumsy butt would probably drop one of them (and with my crappy luck it would be the burrito).

                                        1. re: bigtums

                                          Genius! I also forgot that I order it "easy cheese". I love cheese but they put so much it's more like a quesadilla. Not that that's a bad thing...

                                      2. Having had the pleasure of eating breakfast burritos from nearly every place on this thread, I gotta say that Villa Corona in Atwater is probably the best.

                                        I just had one yesterday, in fact. Perfect blend of eggs, potatoes, spinach, cheese and your choice of meat. I chose chorizo and was extremely happy.

                                        I like Lucky Boy, but I'm past that stage. Wonderburger is great and simple. Burrito Kingdom in Alhambra does a very good machaca burrito.

                                        The only one to really hold a candle to Villa Corona, though, is Art's The Art of Burgers in El Monte (11629 E. Valley Blvd. El Monte CA). Very different than the rest, but definitely worth the drive.

                                        1. Cisco Burgers in Long Beach serves a breakfast burrito called The Bomb. It is huge!

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                                          1. re: justagthing

                                            Haven't been there, but Nick's Deli in Seal Beach is supposed to have the best breakfast burrito in Orange County.

                                            1. re: Evan G

                                              I've been to Nick's and it super tasty...in fact thinking back on it I think it is time to go back. Thanks for the reminder.

                                                1. re: justagthing

                                                  Number one return on google (where just about everyone of the restaurants mentioned here reside). And directions to get here are just waiting on google maps.

                                                  Nick's Deli
                                                  223 Main St
                                                  Seal Beach, CA 90740
                                                  (562) 598-5072

                                            2. Corner Cottage at Victory and Verdugo in Burbank. It's one of the very few contributions Burbank has made to the chow scene in Los Angeles. It makes my God-awful commute totally worth it.

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                                              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                hands down... I've been coming here for YEARS and it is totally out of my way.. mmmmmmmmmmm. So good, the line goes out the door on Saturdays. It's all in those damn potatoes. Hell with my diet, I'm going there today!

                                                Corner Cottage
                                                310 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

                                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                  I've been coming here since the auto shop teacher at Burroughs HS clued me in. The flavors just fit so right together, and you get your choice of meats or just plain eggs, potatoes & cheese. One's a handful, and good enough to keep the place hopping as long as they're serving. I seldom come for anything but the breakfast burrito, but they do a decent cheeseburger and fries lunch as well. It's one of those places the HS kids w/privileges make a run to, the local utility workers stop there, the police stop there, the neighborhood people think it's our little secret, and (almost) everyone says a pleasant hello while they're waiting.

                                                  Corner Cottage
                                                  310 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

                                                  1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                    I work across from CC and I do not agree. I prefer a wetter burrito and (yes, I'm a wimp) their hot sauce kicks my ass in an unpleasant way. I just this morning had an AMAZING breakfast burrito at Theresa's Family Restaurant just down the street at Verdugo and Olive, though. This will definitely be my go-to from here on out.

                                                    Theresa's Family Restaurant
                                                    1520 W Olive Ave, Burbank, CA 91506

                                                    1. re: galeforcewind

                                                      I just looked at their menu - it is very extensive! Have you ever had their biscuits & gravy, country fried steak or eggs benedict? Do you alwasy get their wet burrito when you go? Thanks for this rec - I will have to try it!

                                                      1. re: WildSwede

                                                        I do enjoy the biscuits and gravy, haven't had the benny or country fried steak. I am also a fan of the Huevos Rancheros and the Steak Omelette, though I'm more often there for lunch. I like their Lentil Soup (only on Saturdays) and their Grilled Cobb Sandwich.

                                                        1. re: galeforcewind

                                                          Thank you! I love lentil soup and noticed it on the menu. Will definitely have to try it. Thanks again!


                                                          1. re: WildSwede

                                                            The wait is bruttally long. Unless you get there in the a.m. when it is virutally dark out, you will wait an hour for a buritto....and the hot sauce is scorching.

                                                            1. re: bringiton

                                                              corner cottage is so, so, so not worth the wait. plz don't buy into the hype.

                                                              1. re: ns1

                                                                there's not a breakfast burrito on god's green earth worth waiting an hour for.

                                                                what HYPE? jeepers, man, just because people like something doesn't mean there's any hype about it.

                                                  2. I love the breakfast burritos at Celinda's. It's a little place in Rancho Santa Margarita.

                                                    1. honestly the traditional breakfast burrito can be a real hit or miss experience, but a machaca burrito is almost always great.

                                                      there's nothing like the simple combo of eggs, beef, onions and peppers to just start your day off with a big hello and hug to your tongue and tummy.

                                                      my favorite is at the alerto's on 19th and placentia in costa mesa. the best part of this particular burrito is that the eggs are never over done and the tiny bit of pepper/beef juice that soaks in the tortilla makes the last few bites the best.

                                                      add a little of their simple yet hot salsa and you're set for the day.

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                                                      1. Kings Burgers...Reseda Blvd. south of Plummer St.

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                                                        1. re: ChandraM

                                                          mustard seed on hillhurst does very well....

                                                          1. re: ChandraM

                                                            Slightly off topic...love Got Sushi (in the same space after 4 pm)

                                                          2. A few weeks ago, a friend of mine got a vegetarian breakfast burrito from Benito's in West L.A. (SM Blvd. east of Barrington), and it was surprisingly delicious. He shared it with me in the dark at a movie, so I'm not 100% positive what was in it, but it seemed to be eggs, cheese, fried potatos, and beans. Having enjoyed it so much, I went and got one myself the next week, and it had the above ingredients. It was a savagely greasy delight that seemed to weigh about one pound. I finished it and didn't need to eat again until dinner.
                                                            Yesterday on my way back from the SM Farmers' Market I stopped to pick up a vegetarian breakfast burrito at Gallegos. It weighed much less than the Benito's one but only had eggs (3 scrambled, according to the menu) and grilled vegetables. The vegetables were fresh and tasty, but I kind of longed for the addition of cheese and potatoes, even as I did feel much more virtuous afterwards.

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                                                            1. re: Epicure

                                                              I went to lucky boy today around 10;30 a.m. I followed the remarks from othe posters. I just did not enjoy it that much. Yes, there was a decent amount of bacon, however the flavor was missing to me. The tortilla seemed burnt tasting and the whole experience seemed lacking to me. If I had to put in words ( yes this is the internet ) I would say that it tasted like a hot (temperture wise ) greasy mess with allot of food and no flavor...

                                                                1. re: justagthing

                                                                  I am by no means a breakfast burrito pro, but I local favorite in Orange County is this place called Troy's Burgers on Lincoln, just off the 55 freeway. You can order a burrito with sausage, bacon, and ham all in one. They are massive and they come with pretty much everything: hash browns, salsa, cheese, peppers etc. Definitely my favorite of all time.

                                                                  1. re: justagthing

                                                                    Burritos.....bigger is always better.

                                                                    The one I had at LB wasn't greasy. They take a scrambled egg and bacon breakfast and throw it in a tortilla. Quality isn't the issue...there's no significant quality difference between the eggs, bacon, potatoes and tortilla you'd get at LB or if they made it at the Ritzy C down the street.

                                                                    I hate breakfast burritos made with bacon bits hidden inside....no quality there...rip off.

                                                                    1. re: monku

                                                                      ewww bac-o-bits in my beloved breakfast burrito? That is simply vile.

                                                                      1. re: bubbles4me

                                                                        I didn't literally mean they bac-o-bits, but most places you order a breakfast burrito and thats what the bacon in them looks like when you find them. At LB you're getting probably 4 strips of bacon in their burrito.

                                                                    2. re: justagthing

                                                                      THANK YOU, justagthing—I was just scrolling down the thread, reading all the talk about how "great" a burrito was because it was huge, and getting completely grossed out by the thought of ginormous, ridiculously huge gut-busters. That's a mistake too many people make—"bigger is always better." Give me flavor and quality any day over stupidly huge. No wonder this country has such an obesity problem.

                                                                    3. re: Foodandwine

                                                                      Had one from Lucky Boy for the first time last night. And it was exactly as you described. I knew in advance that their salsa is crap (sorry, I meant to say that it is not my cup of tea) so I brought some vinegary hot sauce from home, which helped. The hash browns haven't been seasoned, the eggs haven't been seasoned, they don't put beens in it (which is ok, because their beans aren't very good). My vote is that Lucky Boy's breakfast burrito pales in comparison to Pepe's in Downey and in Fullerton.

                                                                      1. re: kiwi

                                                                        I too just tried Lucky Boy's, and while I'm not as down on it as you are, there is no freaking way it's better than the Corner Cottage in Burbank. There's something about that burrito (at CC) -- you get down where the tortilla is layered, and there's cheese melted in the crevices, and... just... YUM.

                                                                        AND, the guy must be originally from New York (or has a New York soul), because the ordering process takes three seconds. "Bacon, with hot sauce." "One bacon, with hot sauce, $4.03." (Or whatever it is -- it's around $4.) It warms the cockles of my Jersey-bred heart.

                                                                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                          That guy is mezmerizing (sp?). I don't know where he's from, but at some point we decided to call him "The Greek Guy." There's something about him that makes me want him to like me. I guess I'm not a regular regular yet. Honestly, Geek, I didn't like the CC bb (Don't hit me). All I remember about it was that it tasted oily. I'm telling you, go to the Fullerton Pepe's. You're still in Analheim, right? They serve their bb all day 'til closing which is about 10/10:30ish. Just try it.

                                                                          1. re: kiwi

                                                                            I stopped in there this morning on the way to work (wanted to avoid the East LA interchange).

                                                                            I don't think it's going to be a destination for me, honestly. I got a burrito with fresh salsa (instead of "green chili pork sauce") and it was quite possibly the heaviest burrito I've ever had -- seriously, it was the weight of one of the "pregnant" burritos from El Nopal from back in my Westside days.

                                                                            It just didn't have any flavour. The beans were bland, the eggs unsalted, the potatoes almost undetectable. The salsa was tasty but only where it was put on (the centre of the top).

                                                                            I think perhaps we just have divergent tastes in breakfast burritos, so I'll continue searching for the Corner Cottage equivalent in OC and you keep going to Pepe's. :)

                                                                            I will say this for Pepe's -- they have a good deal on orange juice.

                                                                            1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                              Oh, I'm so bummed it didn't float your boat. You went to the Downey one? The one time we went to that location, it was good, but like I said, needed salsa instead of green sauce. I'm really sorry, Geek. I'm guessing you're not feeling so bold as to try the Fullerton one?

                                                                              1. re: kiwi

                                                                                It was the Fullerton one, on Placentia and Norwood. I'm trying to think if I've ever eaten in Downey.

                                                                                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                                                                                  Seriously?! It was the Fullerton one?! Ok, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree then. Maybe we should trade houses. -That way you can get your CC fix and I can get my Pepe's fix! Thanks for trying it though. I'm really sorry you didn't like it.

                                                                        2. re: kiwi

                                                                          I don't know if it makes a difference, but if you get the breakfast burrito for breakfast (i.e., in the morning), there's WAY more turnover of the food, and that freshness may contribute to my liking of it.

                                                                          But I also really like their salsa. So it's probably just a taste issue.

                                                                    4. When I make a breakfast burrito at home I use fried eggs over medium rather than scrambled.

                                                                      Anyplace serve it that way??

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                                                                      1. re: Scotty

                                                                        Sounds yummy, I have never seen a fried egg breakfast burrito. Probably has something to do with being kinda messy for the grab and go nature of breakfast burrito. I will try that at home! (Where I can change my shirt after the yummy yolk gets all over me...hehe

                                                                      2. I have to agree with everyone who has recommended Lucky Boys for their breakfast burritos, becasue they are big and good, but I do not think they are the best. There is a hamburger stand in Montebello at the corner of Pomona and Garfield Blvd South of the 60 fwy. called J & S, and this place has awsome breakfast burritos. The reason I like this place so much is becasue they have delicious beans, and the beans are what make the burrito. The burritos are a good size and very filling. Beans, cheese, egg, and bacon/ ham is what you will find wrapped inside the tortilla, add some ketchup and salsa, take a bite and you will be in heaven. J & S is also open 24 hours and is located off the 60 freeway. They also have good bean and cheese burritos if anyone is intested.

                                                                        1. I have had two good breakfast burritos recently. They are both at cafes and order what you want in them. These are really good. The laces are listed below.

                                                                          Mary's Market and Café (Cash, indoor and outdoor seating)
                                                                          561 Woodland Dr., (Santa Anita exit from the 210, go North up the hillside, Left on Grandview, Right on Mountain Trail, Right on Sturtevant Dr., Left on Woodland Dr.)
                                                                          Sierra Madre, CA
                                                                          (626) 355-4534
                                                                          Tues - Fri 7:30am to 3:00 re-opens at 5:00 – call for closing time,
                                                                          Sat /Sun 8:00am to ?
                                                                          Closed Monday

                                                                          News Cafe
                                                                          11357 Valley Blvd (1 block from 10 fry at Peck Rd.
                                                                          )El Monte, CA 91731
                                                                          (626) 443-2603

                                                                          1. Strangely enough I have had a very good breakfast burrito at Junior's Deli on Westwood Blvd. in West LA. I was pretty doubtful the first time I ordered it, but it was so good that the next couple of times we went to Junior's I got it again. It come with either bacon or sausage and I like the bacon version better. My secret is to order the eggs a little on the easy side and the last time I asked them to include avocado, which also was a plus.

                                                                            The only downside is it is not that big, and unless you order something else on the side it comes on a plate all by its lonesome, which doesn't make for an exciting visual display.

                                                                            Junior's Restaurant-Deli Bakery
                                                                            2379 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              That's really interesting, because I've been going to Junior's since the early Eighties and didn't even know they had a breakfast burrito. (Of course, I probably haven't looked at the menu since 1982!) If I can tear myself away from the delicious marinated steak and eggs w/thick-cut cinnamon toast, I'll try a burrito.

                                                                              1. re: sbritchky

                                                                                I think it may be an item that they added recently, so you may not have missed it all these years. They finally brought out new menus a few months ago, (prices went up of course) so the timing was good to add a few things probably.

                                                                              2. re: Servorg

                                                                                Juniors closed a few months ago.

                                                                                1. re: bringiton

                                                                                  Changed to Lenny's Deli, http://www.lensdeli.com/ but they have the exact same menu (including the breakfast burrito), the same waiters and waitresses as they did when they were Juniors.

                                                                              3. With out a doubt, the Pepe's on Placentia in Fullerton. It is perfection. It is huge, filled with beans, eggs, potatoes, cheese, bacon, and pico de gallo. Just perfect. Worthy of traveling for.

                                                                                I can tell you that I've tried a BB at the Pepe's in Alhambra and did not like it. It's been a while so I can't remember why it sucked, but it did.

                                                                                A couple days ago we tried the BB at the Pepe's in Downey. It was different than the Fullerton one, but definitely good and comperable to the Fullerton location. They use that weird viscous green pork sauce instead of pico de gallo. But there was more bacon in it. I would ask for pico de gallo instead of the green sauce if I were to go back. The pico de gallo offers the tangy fresh contrast that make the burrito a perfect package.

                                                                                Pepe's Finest Mexican Food
                                                                                821 N Placentia Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831

                                                                                Pepe's Mexican Food
                                                                                511 W Valley Blvd, Alhambra, CA 91803

                                                                                9020 Telegraph Rd, Downey, CA 90240

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                                                                                  1. re: kiwi

                                                                                    Concur! Pepe's is the best. Unfortunately, never been to the fullerton locale....but the one in alhambra works for me....sooo good when you are starving and want some comfort food.

                                                                                    I agree with you on the Downey Locale....very different.... good, but just different.

                                                                                    1. re: smak34

                                                                                      Love Pepe's, too. I work down the street from the Downey location, and just love the green pork sauce. If you don't like it be aware that they put that sauce in their rice on the combo plates as well. The BBs, crunchy tacos, taquitos, and nachos are all very good.

                                                                                      1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                                                                                        I have to say that Pepes has the best breakfast burritos. I used to go to the Fullerton one, but now I work closer to the Brea location. They serve t the exact same way. But I have to say, I think the brea one puts a little more spices in theirs. It tastes a little better.

                                                                                        Pepe's Mexican Food
                                                                                        655 S Brea Blvd, Brea, CA 92821

                                                                                    2. re: kiwi

                                                                                      I need to respectfully disagree. While I can agree that Pepe's makes a fresh tasting breakfast burrito, there are a number of major faults with them. First, MEAT is not included. You need to add it separately...a big WTH when it comes to breakfast burritos, not to mention they skimp BIG TIME on the meat. You will be lucky to taste your chosen meat in 25% of the burrito. Second, the ingredient ratios are all askew. I am not paying for a bean and potato burrito, but that is exactly what you will get. Lots of beans and potatoes, with just a hint of eggs. Third, while I appreciate the freshness of the burrito, due in part to the pico de gallo, the problem is that they throw it in without any care. They put the cold pico de gallo right next to the cheese, so the cheese never melts. Instead you are treated to a mouthful of grainy cold cheese with warm beans/potatoes. And fourth, after adding meat to the burrito, you will be paying $6+ after tax. There are much better burritos for much less money out there. If you like Baja Fresh style of food (overpriced with lots of salsa or pico de gallo) you might enjoy Pepe's. otherwise, don't go there.

                                                                                      1. re: Ben_Ben

                                                                                        Pepe's breakfast burrito come with a choice of bacon or sausage - included. It justed to come with bacon automatically, and now they give you a choice. For me, the bacon is the winner. I always order it without eggs, so I don't know about the egg ratio. However, their breakfast burrito doesn't come with pico de gallo. It comes with this amazing, warm "pork" sauce. Maybe you're thinking of another place?

                                                                                        1. re: stopurmakingmehungry

                                                                                          Hmmm...No I think we are talking about the same place. Pepe's out in the Brea/Fullerton area somewhat near the golf course? I am always willing to give them another shot since all restaurants/cafes can have their "A" teams and "B" teams working on different days. But if they do have a pork sauce, I would love to try it. I don't think I was given an option about sauces, but I know for the meats, I had to specify that I wanted some. I'll try it again next time I am out that way. =)

                                                                                          1. re: Ben_Ben

                                                                                            I don't recall exactly where that one is located - they are a mini chain with 3-4 locations, if memory serves. I go to the one off the five in the Downey/Pico Rivera border. The pork sauce is delicious - they don't give you a choice for the bb. They put that sauce on their rice and even their nachos; I think it's their thing. Glad to hear you're open to trying it again.

                                                                                        2. re: Ben_Ben

                                                                                          Hi Ben Ben,
                                                                                          It's true that each Pepe's has a slightly different way of doing their breakfast burrito, BUT, the location on Placentia always comes with bacon, without you having to ask. I feel that that particular location is the only one worth going to for breakfast burritos. Never had an issue with cold/grainy spots, and am wishing I had one now...

                                                                                      2. I've had some tasty and unique machaca at Effie's Burgers in Santa Fe Springs. It looks like possibly homemade dried beef that is shaved, crisped and put into tacos, burritos, or a breakfast plate with eggs. Great place to watch trains at the same time, if that's your thing.

                                                                                        Effie Burgers - closed
                                                                                        9135 Norwalk Blvd, Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

                                                                                        1. I used to be hooked on the breakfast burritos from Athenian Grill in Reseda. (Reseda blvd, south of Sherman Way) Eggs, potatoes, choice of breakfast meat, grilled onion plus a killer green salsa made in house.

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                                                                                          1. re: jencounter

                                                                                            Athenian Grill - now that is a place I have not heard of here. I went to HS with the son of the owners (at least in the 80's). I really liked their food. I think I remember getting their Gyros and chili cheese fries. Great memories! Thanks, Jen!! ;-)

                                                                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                                                                              I wonder if the son is now the guy running the place? Ted?

                                                                                              I still love their fries with tzatziki on the side for dipping.

                                                                                              1. re: jencounter

                                                                                                The son I went to school with - his name was George.

                                                                                          2. Ahhh!!! Okay, this is why I always see a huge line at Lucky Boy so early in the morning when I come into work. If I wasn't always so late everyday, I'd would have found out what all the fuss is. I'm gonna have to try it one day.

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                                                                                            1. re: jessisthebest11

                                                                                              I like the Chorizo and Eggs Burrito at El Tarasco in Manhattan Beach

                                                                                              El Tarasco
                                                                                              350 N Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

                                                                                            2. For you S.B. locals, give Poblanitas a try. Somewhat old-school Mexican, but their chorizo /egg and machaca burritos are really great breakfast food all day long :-).

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                                                                                              Poblanita Express
                                                                                              14329 Hawthorne Blvd, Lawndale, CA 90260

                                                                                              1. My two favorites for Breakfast Burritos are... A's Burger and TEDS
                                                                                                Both are in Laguna Niguel , the OC

                                                                                                You heard this from Brian the Foodude :)

                                                                                                1. i'm all about ghetto

                                                                                                  alerto's breakfast burrito. brookhurst/405 or brookhurst/mcfadden.

                                                                                                  1. I just had a new breakfast burrito this weekend. I made a post about the place -- see the link below. This is a good place to keep in mind when heading East on the 10 fry out of LA. -- The Guasti Café Exit !0 fry at Archibald Ave., Go ½ block South toward Ontario Airport and turn left - East - at the first light which is E. Gausti Rd. Immediately make another left onto Old Brookside Rd. which appears to be a half paved old road heading toward the old winery. The parking lot to Guasti Café is on the left side at the end of this road – the Café is on the right side beyond this trees. Cash only but they do have one ATM - take some cash..

                                                                                                    Guasti Café
                                                                                                    2902 E. Old Brookside Rd.
                                                                                                    Guasti, CA 91761
                                                                                                    (909) 390-6253

                                                                                                    My post about oher items at Guasti Café

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                                                                                                    1. re: JeetJet

                                                                                                      Never had their burrito, but their other food is awesome.

                                                                                                      1. re: Velvet Elvis

                                                                                                        Hey Velvet Elvis. That food is awesome and it is HUGE. The pancakes are Uncle Buck style -- funny big. Thanks for mentioning this place on the Ontario area post because that reminded me that I wanted to find it. The 15 fry was closed this weekend and I had to head toward the 215 fry.to go South for a party. I mapped my way to Guasti Café and sat there for 15 min. after eating just drinking those free refills of the 25 cent coffee. What a great place. My thanks,

                                                                                                        I put Guasti Café on my must try list when it was mentioned before under a different name - see the link below. ceejoi (good name) was looking for it under the name "Homestyle Cafe."


                                                                                                        1. re: JeetJet

                                                                                                          Amazingly, the new shredded beef and egg breakfast burrito at Del Taco is excellent..especially without cheese slopped on....they do it 11 pm to 11 am.
                                                                                                          I don't suggest trying to navigate on the freeway while dining on it...it is JUICY.


                                                                                                          1. re: JeetJet

                                                                                                            Glad you enjoyed it! We try to go there any time we are in the ontario area in the morning. Those pancakes are legendary. I don't think I've seen anyone finish one.

                                                                                                      2. Room for another good one?

                                                                                                        What makes the Breakfast Burrito at the Tall Pines in Monrovia so good is the Home Style potatoes.. The menu does not specify the exact ingredients of the Breakfast Burrito so I asked for specific items -- bacon, sausage, eggs, cheese and Home style potatoes. This place also has Ham, Hash Browns and Re-fried Beans and Spanish rice which I assume could be put in the burrito as well. The home style potatoes are Fresh cut potatoes, onion, bell pepper and large chucks of fresh juicy tomato all fried together. This was like a very good hot home-made meal.

                                                                                                        I also asked whether they would make a chorizo and egg burrito and the counter person said yes and you could have it with fresh made small cut potatoes with onion, bell pepper and tomato.

                                                                                                        Tall Pines Coffee Shop (Cash only, Breakfast /lunch, beer on tap)
                                                                                                        1540 S Myrtle Ave (1/2 block South of the 210 fry)
                                                                                                        Monrovia, CA
                                                                                                        (626) 358-9084
                                                                                                        Open Mon to Fri, 8:00am until midnight or 1:00 am.
                                                                                                        Sat / Sun open at 7:00 am

                                                                                                        1. There is a small taco hut in Glendale, on Glendale Blvd, just south of Chevy Chase, called El Tapatio, that has terrific egg and chorizo burritos. Besides being just plain awesome, they have indeed cured a number of hangovers for me.

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                                                                                                          1. re: Tom P

                                                                                                            ive always liked the breakfast burritos at the orginal albertos. not traditonal mexican burritos but damn good

                                                                                                            1. re: AGENT FOODIE

                                                                                                              I agree. It is different, but it is very good.

                                                                                                          2. Mandy's serves an great b/b if you order it with ham instead of bacon and sausage; comes with home fries and beans on the side!

                                                                                                            A few more links:

                                                                                                            The Original Tops
                                                                                                            3838 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                                                                                                            Lucky Boy Drive-In
                                                                                                            640 S Arroyo Pkwy, Pasadena, CA 91105

                                                                                                            Wonder Burgers
                                                                                                            2584 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107

                                                                                                            Tacos Villa Corona
                                                                                                            3185 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

                                                                                                            Tall Pines Coffee Shop
                                                                                                            1540 S Myrtle Ave, Monrovia, CA 91016

                                                                                                            Taqueria El Tapatio
                                                                                                            1266 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205

                                                                                                            Mandy's Family Restaurant
                                                                                                            13510 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

                                                                                                            1. The best BACON breakfast burrito I have had in the L.A. Area (and I should say that I have been eating my way through this thread since it began last year) is at The Pines. The bacon used at the Pines is very flavorful, thick and fried a little crispy.This just might be the best bacon I have had and that includes that great bacon served in Monrovia at The Peach Cafe. The burrito at The Pines is large.

                                                                                                              Since this is an update I want to add that today I went to Lucky Boy and could not believe that with all the bacon they put in that burrito that it still had no flavor. I tried to use that bad salsa they give you to add flavor and still could not eat it. It was like when you are sick and cannot taste your food. You know it is in your mouth taking-up space but no matter how much you chew there is no flavor. Well, OK, the cheese was good but the only flavor from the rest of it has been the bad aftertaste. I tried to drink that bad coffe they served me to kill that aftertaste but it does not work. The bacon at the Pines was so good that I am trying to plan a trip out that way just to have it again.

                                                                                                              The Pines is located about 8 min. off the 14 freeway on Pearblossom. The morning ambiance of this small rustic desert shack is enhanced by the many locals who wonder in directly from their Palmdale/Lancaster bedrooms. This place is the meaning of "Downhome Country Style."

                                                                                                              The Pines Cafe (Breakfast burritos, Chicken Fried Steak, Bacon and eggs, Grilled Asada Tacos)
                                                                                                              4343 Pearblossom Hwy
                                                                                                              Palmdale, CA

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                                                                                                              1. re: JeetJet

                                                                                                                Sorry, The Pines - Probably the only remaining good food option south of M - is now closed. It is now the Habanero Grill. It is a taco and burrito grill top. Food is OK, but pretty run-of-the-mill Mexican for the LA Area.

                                                                                                              2. The best breakfast burrito bar-none is Phanny's in Redondo Beach.

                                                                                                                1021 S Pacific Coast Hwy,
                                                                                                                Redondo Beach 90277
                                                                                                                Btwn Avenue B & Avenue C

                                                                                                                1. Phanny's has absolutely the best breakfast burritos bar-none....

                                                                                                                  1021 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

                                                                                                                  1. Dino's on Main Street has a huge chorizo & egg burrito for like $4.50. They put cheese and potatoes in it. Their other breakfast burrito's are big and good too.

                                                                                                                    1. i don't know if it was on this thread or another breakfast burrito thread (and no way i am reading all 300+ combined posts) someone was asking if anyplace made one with fried eggs, insead of scrambled.

                                                                                                                      Salerno's on Riverside Blvd in Burbank does. the the eggs are fried, hard, so there is no runny yolk. then they put in hash brown patties and cheese. the cheese is fully melted and gooey. and the hash brown patties are well done and greasy, but in a good way. they don't taste like stale oil.

                                                                                                                      i add avocado. they serve them with two containers of salsa. one is a pico de gallo and the other is a salsa roja. i prefer the pico and ask them to put it directly in the burrito so it's not as messy as me trying to do it myself.

                                                                                                                      is it the greatest breakfast burrito in the world? no. but it's darn tasty and fills me up for the day without making me feel gross and overfull.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Jelly71

                                                                                                                          I think Tere's (on Melrose at Cahuenga) might also make theirs with fried egg. I'm 99% sure the breakfast torta comes this way, but can't quite remember the burrito.

                                                                                                                        2. Ok, someone dug up this old discussion, and well, here is my update on the topic of "Best BB."

                                                                                                                          For a moist chorizo and egg BB go toTaqueria LA Cabana. This guy makes his own chorizo fresh and the only thing that is better is to be there on a cold morning when they also offer sone champurrado, made from Nana's recipe, to go with it. Note, this is a very small place and can draw many people, so if you consider driving acroiss town maybe give a call to be sure they have not sold out.
                                                                                                                          Taqueria LA Cabana
                                                                                                                          3402 Cogswell Rd (almost under the 10 fry.)
                                                                                                                          El Monte, CA 91732
                                                                                                                          (626) 448-9310

                                                                                                                          For the best breakfast potato, egg and cheese burrito (bacon and sausage can be added) go to Alberta's. True breakfast potatos and try the red sauce also.
                                                                                                                          Alberta's, 765 El Camino Real Tustin, CA 92780 -- one block north of the 5 fry at Newport Ave.

                                                                                                                          1. I like getting the chorizo breakfast burrito from Azteca Restaurant in Ranch Palos Verdes/San Pedro. It hits the spot every time.

                                                                                                                            28643 S Western Ave
                                                                                                                            Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
                                                                                                                            (310) 831-7777

                                                                                                                            Azteca Restaurant
                                                                                                                            28643 S Western Ave, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

                                                                                                                            1. Not LA, but it warrants a post for the true aficionado.

                                                                                                                              If you're ever driving down towards San Diego from LA, try to plan your trip so you can swing by Pipes Cafe in Cardiff.

                                                                                                                              121 Liverpool Dr., Cardiff By Sea, CA 92007

                                                                                                                              The breakfast burritos are truly the best I have ever had the pleasure of eating. They make me want to make up excuses to drive to San Diego.


                                                                                                                              (Hey, look at that, there's one in San Clemente as well! Never been to that one, though... it's closer to LA, which is nice


                                                                                                                              My god, I need to have one!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: CompuDude

                                                                                                                                Carrillo's (I go to Canoga Park) for Machaca w/egg burrito. They might be having a Mon-fri morning special with breakfasts being crazy cheap and I think this burrito is included in that offer.
                                                                                                                                The Machaca burrito has onions and green peppers with the beef and egg (I ask for whole beans too). It's quite filling, so I recommend making a brunch of it and have several hours of manual labor or rigorous exercise to work it off, then plan on having a light dinner.

                                                                                                                                19744 Sherman Way
                                                                                                                                Canoga Park, CA 91307

                                                                                                                                1. re: Otius Gojius

                                                                                                                                  I had a really good machaca and egg burrito at Manny's (formerly Bronco's) in Sherman Oaks. I don't think anything else is any good at all and I was actually shocked at how much I enjoyed the burrito. It's pretty much just machaca, eggs, salsa and cheese. It was a little insulting to get 3 tortilla chips with it. Seriously, 3.

                                                                                                                              2. Senor Fish in Eagle Rock has a great breakfast menu on weekends. (My husband discovered this when the line at Auntie Em's was too long.) Their breakfast burritos and Mexican caramel pancakes are amazing.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: abseygale

                                                                                                                                  Just tried Lucky Boys in Pasadena for first time. Wow ginormous but really good. Just have them cut in half and you're good to go.

                                                                                                                                2. Had a pretty good one ( many many choices ) at Brothers Burritos in Hermosa Beach ( if caters to the healthy crowd, dont expect a giant greasy BB. )

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Foodandwine

                                                                                                                                    Nicks Deli in seal beach. Dont let the deli part scare you, the only reason the line is out the door is because of the best breakfast burrito in socal.
                                                                                                                                    Theyve been selling these for 20+ years all day, every day.
                                                                                                                                    Get it toasted/hot(sauce) and you will never look at life the same.
                                                                                                                                    The perfect greasy balance of chorizo, bacon, egg, fried potato and cheese that might as well have a vicodin in it, because afterwards your just a half awake, chilled out mess.

                                                                                                                                    I would tattoo nicks buritto on my face if it didnt mean job/family loss, I stand behind it that much.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: eglbc

                                                                                                                                      Yes, Nick's is pretty great for breakfast burritos.

                                                                                                                                  2. Just had one of the best I've ever had at 3 Square Cafe in Venice. Wow was it good. Plenty of guacamole, bacon, eggs, beans, cheese and purple fingerling potatoes all grilled in homemade tortilla.

                                                                                                                                    1. Lily's in Malibu - Heathercliff and PCH. Worth the drive. Crazy spicy salsa, green and smokey. Eggs, bacon, refried beans, cheese. Order ahead, otherwise, you'll be waiting a minimum of 30 minutes on a Saturday morning.

                                                                                                                                      1. Honestly, despite all the foodie stuff out there, and all the great burritos in LA, I think my favorite might come from Los Primos Cantina in Huntington Beach, my home town.

                                                                                                                                        The chorizo burrito is huge (probably weighs about a pound, like all of their burritos). They grilled up a ton of eggs with a whole sausage of chorizo, and then smother it in beans, cheese, and salsa. And their hot salsa is awesome. In a huge flour tortilla fresh off the grill.

                                                                                                                                        It's simple, and huge. But what I like most is the lack of potato. It's a protein bomb. It tastes much better to me without the potatoes that everyone else seems to use. The tortilla is plenty enough carbs.

                                                                                                                                        For $6, it's about as wonderful as a breakfast burrito experience gets. Keeps you full for pretty much the whole day, too.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SoCalMuncher

                                                                                                                                            Awww, I forgot about that place. RIP indeed.

                                                                                                                                          2. don't like any other things here but mannys in sherman oaks has a very good machaca and egg breakfast burrito. the beauty is in its simplicty. just egg, machaca, cheese, and salsa. it's the only thing i'll order here.

                                                                                                                                            1. I'll throw in Nate's Korner in OC. It's a great breakfast burrito. Eggs are fried instead of scrambled, which I think is a great thing. Their spicy steak sandwich, kind of a take on a Philly cheese steak, is also very good, but that's another thread.