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Aug 12, 2009 08:08 PM

Al and Bea's. thanks chow hounds

I don't remember who recommended this place but I know i heard about it on chowhound.

I've lived most of my life in LA and i had never been to Al and Bea's. Crazy considering most of my life i've been looking for that perfect bean and cheese burrito.

the green chile burrito is such a flashback. I can't wait to go back to try the combination burrito.

people complain about LA burritos but give me al and bea's over the steamed chewy tortila mission burritos any day.

2025 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 267-8810

Mon-Fri. 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Sat. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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  1. I agree. That bean and cheese with their green chili is what Nana was all about – made with love. When I first stopped there I knew by the people standing in line that I was in for something good. I saw some suits from the courts and city hall, two deputies, construction workers, gardeners, locals, and they all knew where the line began because they had been there before. I watched as they spooned the beans from that big pot (recalling this is making me hungry) and it looked so moist as if it was fluid. The size is perfect also. Not one of those giant two handed, big mouth full of bean, then big mouth full of cheese, burritos. Each bite is a balance of tortilla, bean, cheese and green chili.

    1. Another great old school bean & cheese, East LA, institution is Lupe's. You should check it out.
      4642 E 3rd St
      Los Angeles, CA 90022
      (323) 266-6881

      One last place for a good green chili bean & cheese is J&S on Garfiled just south of the 60 Frwy..

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        i second Lupes! and their Guac fries are pretty tasty too!

      2. Yeah! Al & Bea's is great!
        Also try
        830 S Atlantic Blvd
        Monterey Park, CA 91754-4714
        (626) 281-2514
        Really good bean & cheese burros as well.

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        1. re: slowrider

          Never had the burros, just the hard shell tacos, I will have to try them out.

          1. re: slowrider

            J&S for the best machaca burrito.