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Any good burritos on the Westside?

I live up North, but I grew up down here eating Campos burritos. I'm visiting my mom on the Westside and I want a SoCal burrito like I had as a kid, without all the stuff they put in up North, but my mom isn't willing to drive me out to East LA where according to this board, all the good burritos are. I looked up Campos, but the reviews were so mixed and so many people were disgusted by them, that I was hoping there was somewhere else.

Any good burritos on the Westside?

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  1. Try Tacos Por Favor in Santa Monica.
    http://tacosporfavor.menutoeat.com/

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    Tacos Por Favor
    1406 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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    1. re: wienermobile

      Try Taco Plus

      http://www.tacoplus.com/

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      Taco Plus
      9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      1. re: ihor26

        i second tacos plus. i think their al pastor is tasty and their house burrito (with peppers, onions, cheese - no rice or beans) is delicious.

        tacos por favor for the chorizo cheese...

        1. re: ihor26

          Taco Plus is under rated. Good carne asada, generous amounts of cheese, and anything else you'd want (except for elaborate sauces.)

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          Taco Plus
          9824 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

      2. Burritos can be a divisive subject depending on what considers are the correct ingredients. That said, I'm less rigid than most. I like the carne asada burrito at Gallego brothers on Venice. The carne asada there is really good. You can get the burrito with rice and beans or all meat. Price to quantiy and quality ratio is also pretty good.

        If you're looking for an El Tepeyac style monster burrito with all the fixings, try El Abajeno. Their version of it although not as massive is still pretty substantial and relatively inexpensive considering how much food you get. You can also get it wet. I personally prefer their taquitos there, which are more like overstuffed soft tacos.

        Pepe's taco on corner of Centinela and Culver is kind of an overlooked and underrated place here on CH in my opinion. Their supreme burrito is in the big overstuffed one. If you're into tripe, try their tripas taco. I like their version here, make sure to ask for it crispy though. They're not as consistent in making it crisp if you don't specify.
        http://www.pepestacosla.com/

        Good luck and let us know what you think.

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        El Abajeno
        4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

        El Tepeyac Restaurant
        385 E Mill St Ste 4, San Bernardino, CA 92408

        Centinela Cafe
        4800 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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        1. re: Jase

          I've said it before that El Abajeno (or Vic's as we call it), on Inglewood and Culver has the best burritos around. Been going there since the mid 70s when aerospace saw it's better days. Their combo burritos are huge and very reasonable for what you get. The taquito (taco) is always a crowd pleaser. Two soft corn tortillas side-by-side stuffed with a large handful of shredded pork, avocado slices and a lots of melting jack cheese. Another favorite is the wet chunky combination beef burrito topped with red meat sauce and surrounded with fresh home made corn tortilla chips. Their fresh salsa verde will wake you up.

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          El Abajeno
          4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

          1. re: Clinton

            Cool--there are more choices than I thought. At the moment, El Abajeno is in the lead, although I'm not into the monster burrito thing, so I'm hoping this is about the quality and not the quantity. What I think I remember from my childhood is beef and beans (refried) and cheese. But maybe that was just what I ordered, and not some Platonic ideal of a burrito.

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            El Abajeno
            4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

            1. re: unionpig

              FYI, El Abajeno is no-frill "cafeteria style" service where you order from a glass counter and watch them make it in front of you however you want. There is a huge billboard menu above the counter so you can decide before you get up to order. Hope you like it?

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              El Abajeno
              4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

              1. re: unionpig

                They have smaller regular sized burritos. So does Pepe's for that matter. Just wanted to point out that the monster ones is what's featured. I like the regular bean and cheese burrito a lot at El Abajeno.

                Gallego's is my fave of the three for a burrito and when I'm in a mood for one, I'll go to it even though it's the furthest walking distance from me. I like their meat the best. I alternate between the all meat or the regular one with rice and beans. The only problem with that place is the limited hours. But their carne asada is really good.

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                El Abajeno
                4513 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                1. re: Jase

                  I'm also a big fan of Gallego's, but I normally get the all meat barbacoa, with avocado added.

                  1. re: Servorg

                    Okay, well, we went to Gallego's. My mom loved her veggie burrito, but I was not crazy about my carne asada burrito. It's possible that my tastes have changed since I was a kid here. Next time I will try somewhere else. I really appreciate everyone's suggestions.

                    1. re: unionpig

                      That's a bummer you didn't like it.

                  2. re: Jase

                    I'm with you and Servorg. Like Servorg, my go-to is the barbacoa. But based on what the OP describes, I'd be thinking more in the direction of the actual Campos burrito which if I recall, is on a different page. The basic burrito was pretty greasy, choice of beef in red or green sauce, and your choice of rice and/or beans (I know - that's pretty much part of the average burrito) and copious amounts of yellow cheese. And if I also recall, the Campos chain is made up of various family members who each run their individual eateries in a semi-independent fashion, which complicates the search even more. I know the one on Pico/23rd in Santa Monica used to be called Las Palmas, which had an incredibly good turkey taco dorados style. That Campos branch kept this among other things on its menu.

                    If I were the OP starting over, I'd start out at the Campos most familiar to him/her and go from there. And as much as Tito's is reviled by many on this board,it's similar in flavor but the beef was more tender and the fat content probably even higher - same yellow cheese but shredded more coarse.

            2. Eduardo's Border Grill.

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              Eduardo's Border Grill
              1830 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              1. re: vinosnob

                Another vote for Eduardo's Border Grill.

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                Eduardo's Border Grill
                1830 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                1. re: maudies5

                  I third Eduardo's Border Grill!!!

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                  Eduardo's Border Grill
                  1830 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              2. Loteria grill at the farmers market has the best burritos. Though I am not a person for shredded beef but there's is great.

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                1. re: reneannalee

                  I like the burritos from the taco cart on the corner of Lincoln and Flower (one block south of Rose)...

                  It's there more or less from 6 PM to 2 AM 7 days a week.

                2. tacomiendo has 2 westside locations (west LA and mar vista), which are as good as you'll find on the westside and probably consistent with the northern cal burrito ideal. i know some will argue, but tito's in culver city makes a great, presumably lard-intensive bean and cheese burrito as well.

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                  Tacomiendo
                  4502 Inglewood Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230

                  Tacomiendo
                  11462 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Tito's Tacos
                  11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA 90230

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