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Apr 17, 2001 11:09 PM

Where can I find the world's best burrito?

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I used to live in the city of Orange in OC and there was a little mom and pop food stand called El Mucho Taco that used to serve the best Mexican food. I was a huge fan of the bean and cheese burrito. It was a heart attack wrapped in foil. I don't know much about preparation techniques but it seems as though the refried beans were twice cooked, at least that is what some have said after explaining to them what I was tasting. It was such an evil, greasy, cheesy sensation that when I returned to Orange, after moving away, to find that El Mucho Taco was no more I cried. I live in West LA now and and find myself in most parts of LA and OC weekly so if anyone knows where I might find an equal to this amazing bean and cheese burrito I would be eternally grateful. Thanks, in advance!

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  1. Just sound like a burrito made with refried beans. Try Pancho's Tacos on Lincoln in Santa Monica or Paco's Tacos at any of their 3 locations (that I know of). It may not be on the menu but's just beans and cheese.

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    1. re: Larry

      If Pancho's in its current location is any relation to the Pancho's that once stood on the southwest corner of Ocean Park and Lincoln, this is a place that produces the most miraculously foul food I have encountered outside of a Pekingese college cafeteria.

      San Francisco's La Taqueria on Mission near 26th Street is the gold standard.

      1. re: Samo

        How bad can a bean and cheese burrito be?

        1. re: Samo

          :If Pancho's in its current location is any relation to the Pancho's that once stood on the southwest corner of Ocean Park and Lincoln, this is a place that produces the most miraculously foul food I have encountered outside of a Pekingese college cafeteria.

          Wash your mouth out with Tabasco.
          The orig Panchos cleared out more hangovers and psychedelic trips over 20+ years than I care to remember. Not to mention fresh radishes at 7am.

          The new one has a similar menu-but it's not really the same.
          Their vegie burrito has black beans-guac-rice.

          1. re: Samo

            Re: Pancho's (formerly of OP and Lincoln, and now Lincoln at Ashford):

            We didn't call it "the Paunch Raunch" for nothing back when loomed at it's former location. While I can't completely concur with the "miraculously foul" label above (I have had much much worse!), it certainly is not for "sprouts and lentils" crowd. Yes, it most definitely serves it's culinary purpose at 1:00 a.m. after a fine evening out with the gang, but you may conjure a touch of the ol' "squerte pepe" come morning.... depending on the previous evening's imbibings...

            That said, I can't totally knock a beloved S.M. institution.

            PS: Long Live Tito's.

          2. re: Larry

            there are 3 Paco's Tacos locations??? I only know of the Culver City one. Where are the other two??

            1. re: Jenji

              One is in Monterey Park in the plaza where Ralph's is, its right next to the water store. :)

              1. re: Jenji

                Tom's Tacos on Beach and Ball in the city of Stanton was a Tito's many years ago. The menu is still the same and the crowds are way lighter.

                Tom's Tacos
                3024 W Ball Rd, Anaheim, CA 92804

              2. re: Larry

                I was thinking of Tito's, not Paco's. My bad.

              3. If you should find yourself in or around East L.A. I would suggest you give El Tepeyac a try. It was even mentioned in one of Joseph Wambaugh's books, as it is a favorite of the LAPD. It's at 812 N. Evergreen Ave. The way I get there is off of the 5 (Santa Ana) Frwy.
                on 4th st. Go east on 4th go Evergreen and turn left (N) to the address. It is just east of the 5 and just south of the 10 (San Bernadino) Frwy's. I used to have a dentist on 4th, so after I left his office is was over to El Tepeyac to undo his work.

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                1. re: Mike Kilgore

                  Holy SHIT.

                  i went to el villa tepeyac with my dad the other day and we split the manny special.

                  the burrito is five pounds, amazing, they give you a big plate, half with sour cream and the other half with guacamole.

                  we ate the whole burrito in 13 minutes. It was amazing, Best burrito i've had in a long time :)

                  its great, i suggest this OP!!!

                  1. Sorry for not going into the food and scene here a bit more on my first post, (which gave great directions, but was woefully short on what matters). Burritos are the "holy grail" here. I typically order the Hollenbeck, which is huge. Filled with rice, beans, guacamole and stewed pork, topped with Rancero sauce. Nice and spicy without being too hot. I have tried their machaca burrito too. It is more for the purists as it contains only meat, cheese and egg, but somehow the taste is much deeper and more complex than you would expect. Many people swear by the taquitos with guacamole. I find the guacamole to be good to excellent. The scene is one not to be missed. People come from 60 miles away for the food and to see and trade banter with the owner, Manuel Rojas. In fact, the namesake burrito for the owner is probably 5 pounds of the biggest burrito you will ever see. Prices are very reasonable and it's a festive place with people of all nationalities. The restaurant has been open since 1957. I can not recommend it highly enough. Go and see for yourself.

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                    1. re: Mike Kilgore

                      El Tepeyac does have giant burritos, but it should be mentioned that they are the Mexican-American equivalent of spaghetti-and-meatballs, celebrations of abundance rather than of the nuances of a particular cuisine. Still, when you've got to have a Manuel's Special, nothing else will do.

                      BTW, the godhead flautas in East L.A. are at Ciro's, right down the block.

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