Good burritos in LA?
- George Oct 31, 2002 06:10 PM
I recently moved from San Francisco, which is filled with great burritos. I've noticed LA has good mexican food but generally not good burritos. The fast food place Chipotles has tried to replicate the experience, such as picking your fillings as it's being made, but it's just not the same. Can anyone familiar with San Francisco style burritos recommend anything good?
Not quite sure what SF-style means. But if you are in the Valley, try El Jerezano on Hazeltine just south of Oxnard in Van Nuys. Excellent burritos. Van Nuys style.
I also do not now what a SF style burrito is, however, you might want to try El Tepeyec. I used to enjoy the chile colorado burrito at Margarita Jones, across from USC on Figueroa St in L.A.
A discussion here a while back sent me to a place on Hollywood just east of Vermont, right at the point where Hollywood starts to angle toward the southeast. It's on the south side of the street. The carne asada burrito there is the best I've had in Los Angeles. (Lengua, however, was not quite stellar.) I'm sorry I can't recall the name right now. Casa Diaz?
Used to live in S.F. too. There are no burritos here that come close to La Taqueria (my favorite)or the other great S.F. burrito places. I have searched high & low & tried them all!
For a memorable burrito experience (or a truly epic torta cubana experience), try El Gallo Giro. There's a plethora of meat options, which they stew themselves (and some of which you wouldn't discuss in polite company), REAL refried beans, Mexican white cheese, tortillas made on the spot, etc. They also have a juice bar.
There's one in East LA, one in El Monte, one in Santa Ana, and probably a couple others I haven't yet been to.
I perhaps should have added: it's a great and hearty and soulful burrito, but perhaps not "SF style" if you were really looking for the sour cream, guacamole, etc. It seems the further up the coast one gets from Baja, the more ingredients show up in a burrito.... I'm not sure I want to know what's in a Vancouver burrito ...