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Where can I get a HUGE burrito for $6 or less?

I am on a budget and want to eat it for lunch and dinner. I am not picky, I even like chipotle, well sometimes. I don't care about driving. I am in Koreatown.

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  1. I just did a review of the Super Burrito aka Porn Burrito at El Atacor #11. One could easily get three meals out of it. It's $5.99. The carne asada didn't do that much for me but I would like to try it with carnitas and maybe even chicken.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/489477

    http://myculinaryadventures.blogspot.com

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    1. re: Bon Vivant

      El Atacor's carnitas are fantastic. Some of the best in the area.

    2. I'm sorry if this sounds rude but, if you're not picky, isn't the answer to your question just about every other strip mall in L.A?

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      1. re: Bob Brooks

        I have never had a burrito from a place at a strip mall. Name a place and I will try it. Are strip mall burritos that big?

        1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

          Eduardo's on Westwood Blvd just south of Samo Blvd. Excellent burritos, 8 dollar range.

          1. re: broncosaurus

            Eduardo's burrito is very good, but even the border burrito, their largest, is really only one meal.

            1. re: Debbie W

              i LOVE eduardo's border burrito - chicken - but it's not enough for 2 meals. and it gets smaller and smaller as the years go by!

              1. re: Debbie W

                Agreed. Eduardo's is far from gigantic and is only a single meal. Eduardo's uses high quality steak and chicken, but is relatively expensive and tends to be more "gringo" oriented (i.e. the meat and chicken are simply char broiled and not spiced). Those who love authentic burritos better apply some serious salsa to compensate.

        2. Tere's Mexican Grill on SE corner of Melrose and Cahuenga is a very good option, and fairly neighborhood proximate. Love their Chile Relleno burrito, which is truly a meal in itself, and last time I had it was $6.25, meaning about a year or so ago.

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          1. re: carter

            I recommend Tere's, but not as a source for large portions.

            1. re: nakni

              Well, I was STUFFED and could not possibly have eaten anything more.

              1. re: nakni

                i agree... tere's is tasty, but i've never been close to stuffed there. i need a burrito and then about 2 baskets of chips just to get pleasantly full.

              2. re: carter

                carter, your post bussed me. I used the key words “Melrose” and “chili relleno” from your post and just did a chow search and found a post by David Kahn that I have been trying to find for a long time. It turns out that you are talking about the same burrito as Kahn posted about. I had it once from a friend who also read the post by David Kahn and brought it to me. We all can relate to the words by Kahn, “Lots of times I'll try someplace and think it's just okay, but kind of wonder, did I just get unlucky (or stupid) and fail to identify the one or two things they do extremely well?” Then he tried the chili relleno burrito at Tere's and reported that he found a winner. I could not recall the name of the place but now I will be able to go myself for that really good Chile Relleno burrito. My Thanks to carter and to Kahn.

                Tere's Mexican Grill
                5870 Melrose Ave
                Los Angeles, CA 90038-3700
                Phone: (323) 468-9345

                David Kahn Oct 03, 2005
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/73949

              3. the mexican joint on Vermont and Santa Monica...the name escapes me, but they have a "big burrito" for about $5 that is absolutely massive.

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                1. re: TailbackU

                  El Gran Burrito

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                  El Gran Burrito
                  4716 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029

                  1. re: Xericx

                    actually their burros are only $3 each unless you get meat only, then it is $4

                  2. re: TailbackU

                    Their burritos are not very big and they are getting smaller every year. =(

                    1. re: JeMange

                      I think they have an A rating and I have been going since they were back on Santa Monica a 1/2 block from Virgil. Never been sick.

                      1. re: rlsfoodie

                        Still only $3.50 for a regular burrito, it is a great value.

                        1. re: Burger Boy

                          the burritos are actually $4.50 now and like i said, it's getting smaller and smaller every year.

                    2. I'm guessing El Tepeyac has a gigantic burrito in this price range. Maybe one of her regulars will pipe up and confirm.

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                      1. re: broncosaurus

                        Sorry, I was just their, they have raised their prices tremendously, 3 of us ate and it was $44. I think the burros are around $8 on up.. My fave, the machacca plate is like $12.85, 2 years ago it was $9.

                          1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                            Prices went up manny sold the business to his daughter. Now they are open on tuesdays also.

                            1. re: Skunk2Racer

                              And the Salsa Verde is different, not as good, to bad. I hate to see a great institution slipping. I will still go, but not as often.

                      2. Lucy's at Pico and La Brea.

                        And bonus, it's a drive thru.

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                        1. re: Jennalynn

                          lucy's brings back great memories of high school... props to its breakfasts as well.

                        2. For wonderful succulent carnitas, head to the Grand Central Market downtown and hit up Ana Maria's or Roast 2 Go. Their meaty tacos are as big as many place's burritos, and are $2 or less. For the best burritos, head to Carnitas Michaocan on North Broadway above Chinatown at 19th. Many of my friends go for their carne asada, but I prefer their al pastor, which is broiled on a real rotisserie spit. The absolute best salsa roja in town. A very large burrito goes for $5 or less.

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                          1. re: nosh

                            Nosh, do you recall what toppings come on the Carnitas Michoacan burritos? Can one get avocado or at least guacamole?

                            1. re: a_and_w

                              The burrito at Carnitas Michaocan is basic -- lots of meat, spanish rice, beans, and onions and salsa roja. I order mine without the beans and with extra hot sauce. They do have guac, which they serve with their quesadillas as well as other dishes. They also have shredded lettuce, tomato, and mexican cheese. I'm sure they would add those on request, perhaps with a small surcharge. But to me, the basic burrito there is the best I've had -- a generous portion of great meat (if I'm not in a hurry and there isn't a long line, I'll tell them I'll wait for al pastor freshly sliced from the rotisserie spit rather than already in the warming tray), some rice to soak up the juices and add some bulk, and OMG, that amazing smoky, complex, spicy, hot salsa roja.

                              1. re: nosh

                                Sounds delicious! I'm a huge fan of spit-roasted al pastor. One more question -- is it a knife and fork burrito or one you can eat with your hands?

                                1. re: a_and_w

                                  You can eat it with your hands. Just peel back the foil but don't remove it completely or it gets too drippy on the bottom. And I can't emphasize this enough -- ask for as many little thimbles of the hot sauce as they'll comp you, and spend a buck or two and buy a 4-oz. cup to bring home -- you'll thank me. (In fact, after your first couple of bites, you'll probably want an extra burrito for the next day.) Report back or email me. ;-)

                                  1. re: nosh

                                    Let me jump in and thank you for the CM recommendation. The carne asada burrito was excellent--an interesting, rather tartly-spiced asada with all the mentioned trimmings. I had guacamole added as well. As fine a carne asada burrito as I've had in quite a while.

                                    I'd still like to find one like they used to serve at El Tecelote in San Diego, but CM will do nicely.

                            2. re: nosh

                              Ana Maria's has a Chile Relleno burrito that is very good (Roast 2 Go does not). They sometimes sell out of Chile Relleno before lunch is over.

                              I also get a half carnitas/carne asada, which they both will make with no problem.

                            3. Thank you all for the replies. I haven't been Lucy's in ages, sometimes it would gross me out, so I stopped going.

                              I thought the same thing about El Tepeyac, but I looked online and the burritos started at $8. I forgot all about grand central market, will try that and El Gran this week!

                              Thanks again.

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                              1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                LTM, I really like the spirit of your question/OP. Can you report back your findings?

                                1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                  If you go to El Gran on a friday of saturday night after 8 or 8:30 they have the spit in the parking lot for the Al Pastor, nice and fresh, it might even be 9:00, but worth the wait.

                                  1. re: Burger Boy

                                    Thanks for all the replies. A lot of these burritos I am familiar with and most aren't bigger than a Del Taco Macho Burrito so I am a little concerned.

                                    I can't believe just a short time ago I could have gotten that El Abajeno burrito for $6, that is a great deal! We get that burrito now (with no lettuce, it tastes nasty when reheated) and I eat off of it three times. Anyway, a day or two after I posted this I came down with that horrible flu that is going around, so needless to say I did not want to eat any big burritos. I am going to EL Gran on friday for lunch since it is close by my job. Do I just order the "big burrito?" Is that the name of it? If I remember to take my camera I will take pics. I'll be sure to report back, Sam.

                                    1. re: LuluTheMagnificent

                                      I do not think it is anything more than their regular burrito, they also have a burro they cover with sauce. The El Gran is not as big as El Tepepyac or El Abanajo, but for $3 it is a great value.

                                2. In the "not picky," cheap and huge category, I'd suggest Oki Dog. There are various locations.

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                                  Oki Dog
                                  5056 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019

                                  Oki Dog
                                  860 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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                                  1. re: DanaB

                                    Yikes! These joints should be equipped with defibrillators: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defibril... Fortunately, both locations aren't too far from Cedars-Sinai...

                                    1. re: DiveFan

                                      I think carrying a personal pepto-bismolrillator with you should do the trick. ;-D

                                    2. re: DanaB

                                      Oh God. And make sure to go late at night so you're with all the painted trollops and the freaks. But the taste is not so good -- there IS such a thing as too much grease.

                                      I haven't been in forever but I seem to remember $6-$7 being the price range for the "Pregnant Burrito" at El Nopal.

                                    3. Several weeks ago I stopped at Antojitos in El Monte for a asada sope. This is a very small walk-up window kind of place. As I walked to the window I noticed three teens sitting at the outside wooden tables waiting for their order. The women inside was cooking a very large pile of meat which I assumed was for three burritos for the boys. Then I saw her warm one giant tortilla on the griddle. All that asada was piled onto the tortilla and somehow she folded the sides up and made one giant asada burrito. I asked her whether that was a special made item for them and she pointed to a menu item telling me that is the largest asada burrito she makes. It ws under $6. As I waited for my sope the three boys shared the one buritto. When they were finished they still had some left over and took it with them when they left.

                                      Antojitos (also try the asada sope here)
                                      4721 1/2 Peck Rd
                                      El Monte, CA
                                      91732
                                      (626) 279-2109

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                                      1. re: JeetJet

                                        That does it! I'm moving back to California!

                                      2. Try a “Three Dog Night” at Pinks. IMO, it is the one thing they do right. A really big flour tortilla, three dogs, three cheese, three slices of bacon with chilli and onions. OK, a little more than the $6 limit. Maybe try the Bacon Burrito Dog. A Big flour tortilla, two dogs, two slices of cheese, three slices of bacon with chili and onions. That should be under the $6 limit and still more than you should eat for one meal.

                                        Pink's
                                        http://www.pinkshollywood.com/

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                                        1. re: JeetJet

                                          Bah! You can get the same grease and a much shorter line at Oki Dog.

                                        2. I immediately thought of El Abajeno in Culver City on Inglewood and Culver. The El Abajeno burrito used to be under $6 but I haven't been there in a while so I'm guessing. We used to call it the "Sunday Times" because it resembled a rolled up Sunday's newspaper on a large platter. My regular favorite is the combination beef, rice, and cheese smothered with red sauce and deep fried corn tortillas on the side. Their green jalapeno salsa will make you sing the blues!

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                                          1. re: Clinton

                                            Is this El Abajeno burrito just beef, rice, and cheese with onions and salsa or does it bulk up with a heap of beans, guac, lettuce, etc? Is the red sauce inside or is this a covered burrito? Places to eat or takeout only? Good spicy roja?

                                            1. re: nosh

                                              I think you can specifify...its a steam table with a kitchen where you order cafeteria style. They have several types of meat in the steam table.....its sit down/take-out. I personally like their Quesedillas, Nachos and the Taquito (soft taquito) more than the burrito. The Burrito is HUGE though, has to be eaten with a fork and knife and they sometimes will splash some of the meat sauce on top of it.

                                              1. re: Xericx

                                                I was just at El Abejeno a few weeks ago, and the guy ahead of me in line ordered the Super Burrito. The largest burrito I have ever seen, as they use two flour tortillas to make it. I suspect it weighed about 3 pounds or more.

                                                To answer your question, the El Abejeno Super Burrito pretty much has everything in it, but they'll put whatever you want in it, as well as cover it with a very healthy portion of their tasty chile colorado meat sauce. It's definitely about 3 large meals worth of food, but at $9.95(as I recall) is out of your preferred budget. The regular size burritos are still large enough that they cannot be eaten with your hands, with most priced under $7.

                                            2. re: Clinton

                                              FYI, El Abajeno has been placing "20% Off Dine-in Only" coupons in The Argonaut.

                                              El Abajeno
                                              4515 Inglewood Blvd (at Culver Blvd.)
                                              (310) 390-0755

                                              1. re: Norm Man

                                                If you're in the area during the day, you should check out Taqueria Sanchez which is almost right next to El Abajeno on Inglewood Avenue. I just got the wet burrito which was $5.50 and it was pretty big. Not as huge as the bigger El Abajeno burritos, but very good sized. I thing the regular burritos are a tad smaller and more in the mid to upper 4 buck range. I know there is another more dine in location on Centinela, but I have no idea how their prices are.

                                            3. We seem to be having a hard time finding stuff that's definitely under $6. Just a year ago, this would have been a cake walk. If this is true, that food costs and restaurant labor costs have gone up enough to make this necessary, I need a HUGE raise. ;) Inflation, perhaps the late '70s are coming back.

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                                              1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                Everything has gone up, I was just in Smart & Final buying some baking stuff, everything is up from a year ago, eggs almost doubled, cheese, milk, almonds & pecans a bit, butter. I know many companies have a gasoline surcharge, like fed-x and UPS, so I assume that the companies like Sysco and the like have a gas surcharge. Minimum wage just went up so in turn workers comp will go up. I understand why El Tepeyac has raised their prices, but 2 times in one year is silly and the have raised some stuff 50 percent, I am sure they made a good living on their high volume decent mark up business, now they want to add a corporate jet and an island off of Fiji to their holdings.

                                                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                  Agreed on the rising prices. Many yeas ago when most of El Abajeno lunch patrons were aerospace workers, the price of the El Abajeno Burrito was under $4.00. I remember getting a combo burrito with drink for little over $3.00. Not anymore.

                                                  The carnitas taco which is made with two soft corn tortillas, handfull of fresh shredded pork, couple of slices of avocado, and cheese, is another favorite. Fresh green salsa is added if you like. They always throw in deep fried corn tortillas with each order.

                                                2. Taco Plus
                                                  Tacomiendo
                                                  El Super Taco
                                                  Gallegos

                                                  I also love Eduardo's and Baja Buds, but both serve burritos that are a bit smaller and more expensive than your request.

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                                                  1. re: a_and_w

                                                    a and w -- Good beginning of a westside list:

                                                    I'll add Tacos Por Favor -- good al pastor, though nowhere on the westside does the rotisserie spit. Carne asada also usually good, but the carnitas can be dry and chunky rather than break-apart tender. My favorite salsa roja on the westside.

                                                    Also a big fan of Taqueria Sanchez, though I prefer the tacos there unless I need a burrito to takeout for later. Their shrimp taco is truly special, and well under $2. They marinate and chop the shrimp and cook it perfectly -- it has never come overdone and rubbery. Carnitas usually really good and moist, and their al pastor is very heavily seasoned, usually good but a couple of times strange-textured. Those tacos have risen to $1.35 each.

                                                    I'm a big fan of El Super Taco. I like that they garnish their tacos with grilled onions and offer the diced raw onions on their salsa bar. Tacos have gone from a buck to $1.10, while admittedly on the smaller side. On most visits, their carne asada is the best of the three so far, freshly grilled with a char. On a couple of occasions, however, the asada has been grey, tough, nasty and inedible. The regulars there seem to be ordering their tortas. But I gotta say, love to add about a teaspoon of their orangeish habanero salsa to their salsa roja for a spicy kick.

                                                    On the one occasion I tried it recently, Tacomiendo, on Gateway south of Pico, had nothing that impressed me enough to justify their prices, which are higher than the others I've listed.

                                                    Don Felix, down on Sawtelle, got a lot of praise on this board about a year or more ago. I found it disappointing and depressing -- ordering through a little window, small tacos, no salsa bar, almost alone in the bare room.

                                                  2. the combo burrito at Chabelita's on Western, where it meets the 10 fwy.

                                                    my one regret about moving to the valley from koreatown... :(

                                                    1. "restaurant" at temple and sunset has the best burritos!!! i'm really craving one right now. i think it's about $3 for one and has carne asada, beans, rice, cilantro, onions, etc. it is really really good. it is not the acutal restaurant - but the take out place on the corner. i love this place!!

                                                      never had a king taco burrito - but the tacos are sooooo good!! and cheap.

                                                      campos tacos - it's a chain-ish and some people like it and other people don't . . . but their burritos are pretty big and quite tasty.

                                                      also - just try a taco truck. there are a lot around and usually never terrible - so worth a try.

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                                                      1. re: dtud

                                                        I think you are talking about Tacos Mexico or Taco King, near the intersection of Virgil, Temple & Beverly. It is a red & white building.

                                                        1. re: Burger Boy

                                                          i think it's tacos mexico! it's on the north west corner across from a gas station and shares a parking lot with mexican village restaurant.

                                                      2. mexico chiquito in maywood on slauson, i don't know the address, sorry, but it's a small city and you can't miss it, it's west of atlantic, about four blocks on the north side next to a beauty solon

                                                        good burritos, good size, less than 6 bucks, ask for it without cabbage and lemons and extra green salsa on the side, but you kinda have to get lucky and go when one of the guys that takes care of his customers is preparing the tacos and burritos.....man, they are so good.....and starting fridays on the weekend they have one of the best menudo around.......daaaamn daaaaamn daaamn!!!!!!!

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                                                          1. re: Servorg

                                                            you da bomb!

                                                            and i'm a computer retard, that explains why i was unable to find the info

                                                        1. If you're in Koreatown then head due east on Olympic to Hoover, drop one block south on Hoover to El Taurino. Order burrito carne asada OR al pastor and request "pure carne / all meat", and you get a big burrito that is all meat with salsa, onion and cilantro for $5.79.
                                                          If El T is too crowded (it often is at night) you can do the very same thing at King Taco at Pico & Alvarado, same ownership, same menu items, same order and same price.

                                                          1. you should also try the taco trucks that set up shop come sun down just about every night, take a drive and experiment, most of them will fix you up a burrito as well

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                                                            1. re: fgrade

                                                              Try Yucca's on Hillhurst just south of Los Feliz Blvd.

                                                              1. re: TNgal

                                                                Yucca's is good, but size wise it is not as big as any of the places mentioned, but a good eats.

                                                            2. it's a chain but campos has pretty big burritos

                                                              1. I was flipping through the King Ranch advertisement and saw that their burritos were only $3.69. They looked pretty big in the picture and the hot foods section at the market always smells delicious. Los Chiles Locos also has burritos for under $6. These places are all in Monrovia which is about 30-40 min from Koreatown

                                                                King Ranch Market
                                                                328 W Huntington Dr
                                                                Monrovia, CA

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

                                                                1. El Tepeyac's are huge but a good sized and the best tasting burrito I've ever had is from Tito's Tacos in Culver Shitty, the beef and cheese. about $5.15

                                                                  1. TacoMiendo has two westside locations, and make a burrito that is definitely larger than most and close to your price range. Their meats (Carne asada, carnitas, adobada etc) are all excellent. Salsas at the salsa bar are top-notch as well. I do find the WLA location to be preferable over the Culver City location in terms of freshness and quality.

                                                                    WLA:

                                                                    11462 Gateway Blvd
                                                                    Los Angeles, CA 90064

                                                                    Culver City:
                                                                    4502 Inglewood Blvd
                                                                    Culver City, CA 90230

                                                                    1. A chain, but I like the shrimp burrito from La Salsa a lot. Only $6.95

                                                                      The carrots in the salsa bar are VERY good.

                                                                      Any love for La Salsa?

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                                                                      1. re: Scotty

                                                                        Can't really compare since I've never eaten at a La Salsa, but Sanchez Carniceria's take out window used to have a good sized shrimp burrito (with fairly big shrimp) in it for just under $6. I wouldn't call it huge, but big. I hate to always repeat myself, but I finally ate a pescado burrito at Taqueria Los Anaya and it's about the same size as Sanchez's but it's their stuff is made fresh in house. I did opt to get it "wet" for a buck more. The sauce was great (freshly made) and you can get either red or green (which I chose). Try their made in house habanero salsa (free, but you must ask for it) which is pretty hot and tasty. Not sure since I've never gotten the shrimp burrito, but going by the tacos, the shrimp are only slightly bigger than bay shrimp. This is an old thread.

                                                                        1. re: Scotty

                                                                          I have never gone out of my way to eat at La Salsa, but if I am at the mall and it is in the food court, it's my first choice. Their ingredients are always really fresh and their veggie burrito has a lot of good flavors. I think they call it the California Burrito, if memory serves.

                                                                        2. El Tepayac in East LA (Evergreen and Wabash). They may be slightly more than $6 but they can feed a horse