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burritos like the mission in SF?

im hunting for some burrito places, preferably late night that are akin to the ones found in the mission district in SF. Eastside is preferably but I drink in the westside as well . . .

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    1. The only place I've seen in Los Angeles that is modeled after the taquerias of San Francisco, in regards to the assembly line, is Chipotle, which I'm not a fan. That said, the best burrito I've found on the Westside is at Taco Plus on Bundy and Ohio. Their burrito gigante has the best of combination of ingredients. Best of luck.

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      1. re: PimpinDG

        I like Chipotle, it may not be the world's best/ most authentic Mission burrito, but I find their chicken fajita burrito to be very tasty (and certainly Mission inspired). While I certainly respect differing opinion here, I must speak out against the constant tendancy to dislike "establishment" food for establishment's sake. I've found one of the best Chipotles to be in Marina del Rey.

      2. As far as I know, after much searching, Mission style burritos do not exist here. When I got a Mission style burrito craving I would go to La Taquiza on Fig (they close at midnight on the weekends), not Mission style but sort of worked... I soon discovered that what they do best there is mulitas and is what I get now when I get Mission style burrito craving..I know does not make sense...

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        1. re: LaLa Eat

          I feel the same way. I'm convinced it doesn't exist. I've been craving one for quite a while now.

          It's a bummer that San Diego to the south and SF to the north have the goods, yet here in LA we have $6 burritos with very little meat and tons of rice and beans for filler.

          What a shame. You find one, lemme know. I'll make a beeline for it.

          1. re: dynamike

            SF burritos are a nasty gummy bland mess. Do a search on burritos and you'll find plenty of great LA-area recommendations for the real stuff (hint: the best are in East LA and not the west side)

            1. re: dynamike

              dynamike, you must be eating at chains to get 'filler' burritos. I grew up in the SFBA and in general they DO NOT have 'the goods' on burritos.

              Most trucks and immigrant run places in LA have 'meat heavy' burritos by default; ~$4 of hand held goodness. When they get greedy and/or cater to gringos the rice/bean content and price increases.

              Tell us where you hang out and suggestions will flood in.

          2. Don't yell at me people, I've only been to the Mission a few times.
            But aren't the burritos at La Loteria kind of like SF burritos?

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            1. re: George

              The burritos at Loteria are nothing like Mission style burritos...I do like the food there but it is so overpriced!!!! That I will Yell! (ha!).
              Ernie, you are correct there is a bounty of great burritos here, and yes mostly in East LA. I would also agree that most Mission burritos in SF are a bland mess. There are a few places in SF that transcend, the tortilla is grilled, the avocado is fresh, and all other ingredients are quality/or close and blend well to make a great burrito. A type of burrito that is not found here in LA..

              1. re: LaLa Eat

                "the tortilla is grilled, the avocado is fresh, and all other ingredients are quality/or close and blend well to make a great burrito. A type of burrito that is not found here in LA"

                You've just described my favorite burrito place in East LA (Taco Village), so yes they are certainly found in Los Angeles.

                1. re: Ernie

                  got an address? or any place thats not so far east? looking for late night spots in the Holly- Feliz- Silver- Echo- even as far as Glassel Park area . . .

                  1. re: blackbookali

                    http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/5/76530/M...

                    Sorry, I only know Mexican food in the real east side, i.e., not Hollywood, Los Feliz, Silverlake, etc. so can't help you there

                  2. re: Ernie

                    You're a bad man Ernie.

                    I'm going to Taco Village tonight b/c of you. chow on!

                    1. re: mpken

                      Enjoy! Call before heading out because they have limited hours

              2. What exactly is "Mission District" burritos? How do the differ from the gazillion burritos that can be found in the LA area? Is it the seasoning, the way it is prepared? I'm curious; I'd never heard of these before.

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                1. re: Wheggi

                  Overstuffed with steamed gummy tortillas, and you can fill them up with all sorts of bland fillings like tofu and watery salsas. Nasty.

                  1. re: Ernie

                    That's a bad Mission burrito.

                    A good Mission burrito has a *grilled* tortilla, lots of meat, and generous avocado. At least where I get mine :)

                2. Here's a thread I started a while back on the General Topics board re: the lack of availability of Mission style burritos in LA and non-SF cities generally:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/304526

                  1. One of the better articles about the Mission-style burrito, AKA the Silver Torpedo, AKA the Cylidrical God, AKA the Urban Food Log. The article is from 2001, but still very worthy of reading for those unfamiliar with it.

                    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

                    My brother and I grew up eating the ones in El Faro's in the suburb of South City. When done right, with the proper mix of cheese, guacamole, and sour cream, these can be fantastic. Until we moved to SoCal, we thought authentic burritos were like the Mission-style burritos.

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                    1. re: Wonginator

                      From the Wikipedia link above:

                      "The basic ingredients of the San Francisco burrito include the large flour tortilla, Spanish rice, beans (frijoles, usually with a choice of refried, pinto or black), a choice of a single main filling, and the customer's choice of salsa, ranging from hot to mild."

                      This is pretty much the standard burrito that I know in L.A. Many add onions and cilantro but rice, beans, meat and salsa = burrito in my mind. What is so special about "mission style"?
                      For example, La Playita's carne asada burrito comes with all the above ingredients. It's not huge, but also isn't $7. Is it mission style?

                      1. re: Wolfgang

                        The main distinction and difference is that the Mission-style burrito is wrapped in aluminum foil, hence the Silver Torpedo nickname. The rice is usually white rice instead of Spanish rice, which is a big difference. The tortillas are also steamed. Shredded cheese is added, but when done right and the ingredients are hot enough, the cheese should be thoroughly melted and gooey.

                        As PimpinDG mentions, Chipotle is the only SoCal chain that attempts to simulate a Mission-style burrito, but their burrito comes up a bit short, never seeming to get hot enough to make the cheese as gooey as it should be. They do steam the tortillas, but perhaps not enough to melt the cheese thoroughly.

                        1. re: Wonginator

                          There has been another chain added to the mix... Q'doba also sells the monstrosity...

                          Also the secret to true meltiness is a second steaming AFTER it has been assembled...

                          --Dommy!

                    2. I'd give anything for a mission style taqueria in LA. Whenever I crave one I usuallly just go to Senor Fish. It's just not the same though.

                      1. i don't think it's a late night place, but the burritos at tere's mexican grill are great (especially the chile relleno burrito). get it to go, and you will have the silver torpedo effect. 5870 Melrose Ave.

                        1. I think the taco truck at USC (yes, that's right) on McClintock might serve the mission style burrito you're looking for. I usually ordered the chicken burrito (only 4 bucks) there and always loved it. It's got rice, sour cream, great sauce, avocado, and stewed chicken). Most burritos that I got from other places are too dry for me, and that's why I love the burritos at this taco truck. They serve breakfast and open till 2 or 3 pm. Give it a try.

                          1. I'm from the mission and the closest to(or better than)is Tortilla Grill in Venice.Its not that the burritos are that much better in the Mission-Its that people just like being IN the mission and thats what makes it better.Also,the Grand Central Market downtown is Mission style.