Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Nov 27, 2005 01:22 AM

El Tepeyac in Monterey Park

  • r

I have never tried the mexican food at the legendary El Tepeyac on Evergreen St. in E.L.A., but will soon be near their second location in Monterey Park (on Potero Grande St. across from Resurrection Cemetary). Besides their huge Hollenbeck Burrito, I don't know what to order---any suggestions?. I was told that they use big cubes of meat (which I probably wouldn't care for), so perhaps I'll ask for a shredded type instead. Also, is their quality as good as the E.L.A. location?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. s

    It's been some time since I've frequented Manuel's El Tepeyac.

    Buy when I went I often ordered the Torta de Guacamole. No, it's not a torta but rather a large thin egg crepe filled with guacamole, folded like a burrito and covered with sauce.

    I never have seen this dish elsewhere and I must admit it has been years since my girlfriends and I would meet there and order far too many dishes for the few of us.

    I would be interested if it is still on the menu.

    1. I love the Machaca dinner, I then use the flour tortillas to make my own burritos, the taquitos are also good. The huevos con chorizo and huevos meztisos are good good for breakfast.

      1. Where is the address of the El Tepeyac in MPK? Is it already open? Is the Hollenbeck burrito really good or just infamous because it's ginormous?

        9 Replies
        1. re: Panoz

          El Tepeyac (AKA “Manuel's”) has two big burritos. The biggest is “Manuel's special,” a true giant burrito. I begin at lunch and finish it some time after dinner or just begin again for breakfast the next day. I think it is just as good good as it is hot. The smaller version is called the “Hollenbeck.” Two people could have it for lunch. The beef in these burritos is not tender and the rice & beans is not all that special. It is the combination of everything in them that delivers a eating experience that, “hits-the-spot.” You will crave that burrito again and again and no other burrito will do. If you buy one "to-go" be sure to bring a large plastic bag to place it in. That will protect your car -- big time! At lunch time there will be a line of people waiting to eat inside at the Evergreen location. I always go to the outside walk-up window on the right side with outdoor tables. I think they are closed on Mondays and accept cash only. The only other place I have had the “Hollenbeck” was a small bar on the other side of USC Medical Center. I do not recall the name. I have never been to the new location in Monterey Park but I have found a address.

          El Tepeyac
          812 N Evergreen Ave
          Los Angeles, CA 90033
          (323) 267-8668

          El Tepeyac
          1965 Potrero Grande Dr Ste A
          Monterey Park, CA 91755-7428
          (626) 573-4607

          1. re: Like-Go-Eat?

            The Evergreen location is closed on Tuesdays.

            Their guac and chips are huge portions.

            I usually get the Hollenbeck pork. The pork can be dry sometimes. The stewy sauce is great.

            I had a steak picado bano (soup) that was good. Strips of beef in a tomato based stew with onions and peppers. Similar to ranchero. I will likely get the steak picado burrito next time I'm there.

          2. re: Panoz

            The Monterey Park location is at 1965 Potrero Grande Drive, phone number 626-573-4607. This location was opened by one of Manuel's family members (son, brother??). We have eaten at the Evergreen location for the last 40 years. We have eaten at the M.P. location twice and would never think of eating there again with so many better options around.

            1. re: Neta

              What are the better options for mexican food that is close to the El Tepeyac in MP?

              1. re: Rich

                J&S in Montebello for their tasty red and green chile burritos, bean and cheese burritos, soft tostadas rolled up like a burrito, and hard shell tacos.

                887 N Garfield Ave
                Montebello (just south of the Pomona freeway)

                1. re: John

                  I've been to J & S and the problem that I have with their burritos is that they don't put much (or no)cheese into them! If you're like me and love plenty of hot oozing cheese, J & S may disappoint you. I even onced specifically asked for extra cheese---and I could swear that I barely could make out any when I opened the burrito to check!

                  1. re: Rich

                    Can you share your favorite places where you can get burritos with cheese in them as a standard ingredient (outside of a bean and cheese burrito) and hopefully its not that revolting yellow cheese.

                2. re: Rich

                  Armando's on Garvey near Orange has way better choices and variety. Cocktails, seafood, soup, and their special dish, the Mocahete. The Mocahete comes out with a sizzling collection of meat, cheese, cactus, and sauce. Kind of like a Mexican version of the Chinese sizzling plate.

                  Armando's Mexican Restaurant
                  704 E GARVEY AVE
                  MONTEREY PARK, CA 91755

                3. re: Neta

                  Manuel Rojas is a personal Family friend. His Food takes the Hunger Pains away in seconds. Hands Down, The Best Mexican Food in Los Angeles!

              2. It sounds like what you need to try is their Chicken Hollenbeck. My perfered variation on the classic, the real hollenbeck with pork is indeed chunky and can be a bit dry. But the Chicken is saucy and delish!

                Also if you dare get the taquitos and guac app... Hmmm...


                1. I started out ordering the Manuel's special everytime I went. Then I started trying different things and all the food i've tried is great. my favorites are the beef enchiladas, hollenbeck and the carne asada burrito. I love the food and I'm kind of glad it's a little bit of a hike to get to, because if it were easy to get I would eat it all the time (not that that would be bad) but I wouldn't appreciate it as much as I do when I have to work a little for it.