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Who does a good ground beef burrito? Anyone?

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  1. Ramonas, And Best Burger

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    1. re: Skunk2Racer

      Where is Ramona's?

      1. re: Burger Boy

        One is On San pedro between Gage & Manchester The other is across from El Camino College Redondo Beach Blvd

        1. re: Skunk2Racer

          Sorry Jefe, you'll have go East of the 405 again for this one. In addition to the above, its flagship branch/factory outlet is on Western btwn. El Segundo and Rosecrans in northernmost Gardena. This is where your ground beef fix can easily be satiated as Ramona's practically invented the taco burrito, here known simply as the "Special Burrito." But, by all means sample the Beef and Potato, the foundation on which the Ramona's "Mexicatessen" empire was built. The Red Chili and/or Green Chili burritos are fork tender stewed chunks of shredded beef loaded with -- but not overbearingly so -- chile flavors. I get mine with rice only as the grains soak up the gravy perfectly. Mmmmmm.

          1. re: Kris P Pata

            I'm a shredded beef guy. And I'm well over my East of the 405 quota for the month, so I'll just go to the new Chihuahua or Tacos Por Favor.

      2. re: Skunk2Racer

        Where is Best Burger?

        1. re: Burger Boy

          Best Burger is on Western Ave Between Jefferson & Exposition on the west side of the street

      3. Seriously, what area of town?
        In my area I like Dino's picadillo burrito.
        Searching for 'crispy taco' might get you some leads on places that use ground beef in Mexican style street food. Maybe we will get some good explanations about 'authentic' ground beef burritos. :-)

        Dino's Restaurant
        13128 Inglewood Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250

        1. What is the place on Duarte east of Baldwin a mile or so? They do a good one, just ask for extra sauce, it tends to be dry.

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          1. re: Burger Boy

            Taco Lita
            120 E Duarte Rd
            Arcadia, CA 91006
            (626) 445-2889

          2. I'm in koreatown, but i'll drive. Where are these places. I googled Romona's and didn't see a thing. Thanks!

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            1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

              Ramonas is in a Little Strip Mall on the Corner of Crenshaw Blvd & Redondo Beach Blvd directly across from El Camino CC

              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                Best Burger is Closest 2 You! I'm on 5th Ave Between jefferson & Exposition.. Yet sometimes I Venture 2 Ramonas You could try 7-11 I Believe they carry the frozen version..

                1. re: Skunk2Racer

                  This is so funny, two years ago we were in Texas for the first time and my son ordered a Beef Burrito and was horrified when he bit into a tortilla full of, "hamburger meat"! As SoCal natives he had never seen anything like it outside of Taco Bell but I must say that every once in a while I long for a better than Taco Bell ground beef burrito and have never seen it on a menu around here, I look forward to trying a couple of these.

                2. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                  <doh> Oh, That Ramonas. Great call, Skunk2Racer. Their burritos are well balanced so to speak, not too big, not too much rice/beans. One of the few places that makes a chile relleno burrito. If you need an emergency fix, Smart & Final has the frozen variety.
                  Note to self, search on "tex-mex"....

                  Taco Lita
                  120 E Duarte Rd, Arcadia, CA 91006

                  16300 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90504

                  Best Burger
                  3533 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90018

                  13633 S Western Ave, Gardena, CA 90249

                  Ramona's Mexican Food Products
                  6900 S San Pedro St, Los Angeles, CA 90003

                  El Coyote Spanish Cafe
                  7312 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

                3. My husband loves the one at El Coyote

                  1. I like the one at Mijares at both Pasadena locations.

                    1. Taco Plus has a "Burrito De Los Gringos" with ground beef. I think they also do a taco version.

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                      1. re: a_and_w

                        Where is Taco Plus ?

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          Bundy in the mini-mall with 7-11 just south of Santa Monica Blvd.

                          1. re: Burger Boy

                            there is one on national and castle heights.
                            right next door to sushi zo.

                        2. In a classic example of good food gone bad, in the 60's, Del Taco made a killer ground beef burrito. We always looked forward to stopping in El Centro on our way to the river.

                          Unfortunately, when the chain took off, it became "standardized".

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                          1. re: Curt the Soi Hound

                            I think Del Taco's ground beef got a lot better when they acquired Naugles. Still tastes "Naugle-ish" to me, very yummy. I get the Del Beef Burrito no sauce, extra cheese. Evil.

                          2. La Paz in El Segundo! The BEST!

                            And when I'm lazy, the Macho Beef Burrito from Del Taco :)

                            La Paz Restaurant
                            514 Center St, El Segundo, CA 90245

                            1. Chano's burrito in Baldwin Park. It's juicy hamburger cooked with onions and tomatoes. Very tasty. It's off of BP Blvd. I don't know the street but it's north of the 10 freeway just a short distance.

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                              1. re: Neta

                                Chano' Burritos in Baldwin Park is off Fransiquto & Baldwin Park Blve. It's on Fransquito, just behind the Papa Johns (North/ West corner area) Sorry never ate there just drive by there every so often.

                              2. Thank you all so much for your responses. I really didn't expect to find so many. Like many of you I just go to del taco and get the macho burrito when the urge hits. Thanks for posting the addresses with phone numbers and directions too!

                                I will try one today for lunch or a late dinner. I haven't decided which place yet. Will report back.

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                                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                  I tried the one at best burger, wasn't a big fan. Too much onion and a bit dry for me. They didn't give me any taco sauce, I forgot to ask and I didn't have any at home. I think with taco sauce and sour cream it would be good. Will try La Paz next. Thanks again.

                                2. Ground beef? Get a rope!

                                  A good burrito has to have chunk beef and good colorado sauce. Ground beef belongs at Taco Bell and Del Taco!

                                  Ramona's on Crenshaw is OK but good tasty burritos are to be found at Tito's and El Abajeno in Culver City. Ask any of the locals there or any of the studio people in the area.

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                                  1. re: Clinton

                                    I'm baffled by the love for Tito's. Edible is probably the highest praise I can shoot its way.

                                    Henry's Tacos in Studio City does a pretty tasty Gringo Burrito, although I prefer the ground beef in hard taco shells, rather than in the flour tortilla. When you're craving Taco Bell style food that tastes better than Taco Bell, I'd head over to Henry's.

                                    1. re: GuidoTKP

                                      i'm with you all the way re: titos.
                                      bland, 'one note' grease bombs.
                                      seems like many, if not all, who like titos developed the taste as kids, so nostalgia value plays a part. . ..

                                      1. re: GuidoTKP

                                        Second that on Tito's. I wouldn't even call it Mexican food. I missed the boat. If in that neighborhood I go Paco's Tacos or Johnny's Pastrami.

                                      2. re: Clinton


                                        I love Tito's and El Abajeno, just want to try something different.

                                        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                          To be honest, Tito's is nothing without their simple tomato salsa and homemade corn chips. It's so easy to make but it's such a "tradition". It's been there for decades! I prefer El Abajeno's (Vic's) burritos any day. The Burnt Tortilla in Gardena (two locations) has an OK burrito as well as Josie's on Crenshaw and Artesia. King Taco on Imperial Hwy. used to be good for their taco asadas and el pastor. Haven't been there in a long time.

                                          1. re: Clinton

                                            Clinton, do you have the recipe for Tito's salsa? I have seen threads where people have been arguing back and forth on the recipe since it never seems to come out "just right". Also, I am 36 years old and just had Tito's for the first time a couple of months ago (yes, CA native, so sad) and LOVED it. It is definitely the salsa that makes it so good. I would swim in the stuff if I could!

                                            1. re: WildSwede

                                              Wildswede, Wow! I've been going to Tito's way before you were born! Their salsa and chips make them unique to all other Mexican restaurants. It's only a blend of fresh ripe tomatoes, canned jalapenos, onions, black pepper, salt, and lemon juice. That's it! Deep fry some fresh corn tortilla wedges and you're at Tito's...oh, if you want shredded beef tacos, buy some canned roast beef from the market and use that instead of hamburger.

                                              1. re: Clinton

                                                ;-) Thanks, Clinton. Will definitely be making it!! ;-)

                                        2. re: Clinton

                                          "Get a rope!" No. One minute please. Ground beef burritos are not from New York City. They are a Tex-Mex item. Yeah, Taco Bell and Del Taco offer Tex-Mex style fast food. I agree with Burger Boy above. Taco Lita does it right. Try one of the Tacos while you are there. Note: you must like cheese because they pile-it-on.

                                          Assimilation is a good thing (ONE Nation under...) because it proves that the melting pot works. There is no better place for a Plural society to begin assimilation / melt together than with their foods --Yum.

                                          Taco Lita
                                          120 E Duarte Rd
                                          Arcadia, CA 91006
                                          (626) 445-2889

                                        3. FYI, baja fresh has one now, but with potatoes in it. Maybe They can leave them out.

                                          1. I was going to start a thread on this subject, but then found this one - not too old. I was in La Verne and stopped at a place called Casa Garcia's Grill. Has anybody else been here? Since I love Ground Beef Burritos, and I mean love, I ordered their California Burrito. It was huge, maybe one of the largest burritos I've had - flour tortilla stuffed with ground beef, cheese, rice, refried beans and topped with sauce, shredded lettuce, and guacamole. I ate every bite, and wasn't even starving. A lot of ground beef burritos I've had are kind of bland. This one had a wonderful flavor, something I could easily become addicted to. I live in the San Fernando Valley, so I won't be going here often, as it's about 30 to 45 minutes away driving east on the 134 and 210. But I was impressed. Right now when I want my ground beef fix, I go to Henry's Tacos - walking distance from my home. Hope to read about other suggestions.

                                            Casa Garcia's Grill
                                            2122 Bonita Ave.
                                            La Verne, CA 91750