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Where is a San Diego Burrito in LA?

I recently moved to LA from San Diego, home of the California burrito and Carne Asada fries. I get a mouthgasm just thinking about them. I was severly dissapointed to find that there is such a difference in Mexican food from there to here. Please anyone... let me know where to start my quest on finding a burrito that will satisfy my craving. Please if you have never been to a taco shop like the ones in San Diego, don't reply.

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  1. You could always look at this thread from earlier in the month........

    1. Tops in Pasadena (The one on Allen and Walnut) and T-Burgers in Monrovia offer a California burrito now, but I haven't tried it.

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      1. re: martyR

        good reccomendations I will venture to both.

      2. Doesn't exist here; you'll have to change your cravings to tacos since that's what LA does best.

        Near my home, Eduardo's Border Grill does a good job of a SD-like burrito, but it's still not the same.

        As for carne asada fries, J Gold recently raved about this place:


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        1. re: vinosnob

          thanks, I read in another post about this My Taco place. I am gonna be trying very soon.

        2. You can find them here, just google maps (businesses) Albertos & Alfredos. There are locations in El Monte, Temple City, Rosemead and some in the OC.

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          1. re: LakerFan

            The best taco shop fare I've had north of SD was Alertos in Fountain Valley.

          2. I love the portable 'bertos (I graduated from Vista High, so I'm all about Eriberto, Aliberto, whatever), but in my mind the best way to get that style of cuisine is to head to a good taco truck. What neighborhood do you live in? That will help us in identifying a good truck or taco stand to point you toward.

            Also, I recommend people seeking Mexican to go to the Grand Central Market in Downtown LA.

            1. You may want to check out one of the Benitos locations. I noticed that they had California burritos a while back and they specialize in rolled tacos - reminds me of Roberto's but with a smaller menu.


              Benito's Taco Shop
              7912 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              Benito's Taco Shop
              6751 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

              Benito's Taco Shop
              11614 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              1. re: scurvy

                I'd stick with the rolled tacos at Benito's. There are many better burrito options in the area, including Taco Plus on Bundy and Eduardo's on Westwood.

                1. re: a_and_w

                  Also, I forgot to mention that Taco Plus and Eduardo's both have what they call "California burritos." which I think are meat, cheese, salsa and guac.

                  1. re: a_and_w

                    Actually, that's not the "california" burrito that can be found on some SD taco shop menus. SD's version would have french fries, sour cream, cheese and carne asada. It's a novelty.

                    The usual/typical SD burrito is strictly carne asada, guacamole and pico de gallo in a grilled flour tortilla.

              2. I have found "TERES" on melrose to have a decent burrito similar to SD. Also "Cactus taco shop" on Vine was pretty good.

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                1. re: chout13

                  I like Cactus on Vine: my favorite burrito there is chorizo.

                2. Trying to keep this thread alive... I, too, moved to LA from San Diego. I cannot believe how bad most of the burritos are up here... I keep trying new places, and usually end up throwing the food out because it is so inedible. How can it be so hard to find something that is so simple!!? BTW, Lolita's in Bonita or Cotija in Pt. Loma are my favs in San Diego.