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"Veggie" (The Word That Dare Not Speak Its Name) Burritos

I'm not a vegetarian, at all. But every now and then I want a burrito with no meat, but more than just beans and cheese. Today was one of those days. I went to Astro Burger, because it's close. Their "Veggie Burrito" is filled with refried beans, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onions and avocado. I asked for salsa on the side, which turned out to be a quite good pico de gallo. I brought it home, drizzled that on top, along with a healthy dose of Cholula.

It was surprisingly delicious. It reminded me of long-lost Anelcy's, which used to be my favorite, although without their amazing dirty salsa roja. All the vegetables were freshly sliced, the avocado was perfectly ripe, the lettuce was a nice mix (no iceberg), and the whole thing was lightly griddled.

Got me to thinking about other veggie burrito options, and so I searched the board. Not only has a "veggie burrito" apparently NEVER been mentioned here, but until this post neither has the word "veggie," in any context. I'm not a fan of the word (it always conjures up nasty '70s alfafa sprouts for me), but I find it shocking.

Anyway, where do you get your burrito with no meat and a variety of fillings?

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  1. burntwater turned me on to this place near USC...tasty "indian" burritos.


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    1. re: jessejames

      That looks awesome. A chicken tikka burrito is a brilliant idea!

      1. re: jesstifer

        you can find this at F&E, it's pretty damn tasty for $2.99 or w/e.

        1. re: jesstifer

          go for that. I like the spinach and cheese number too...no meat but hell that thing aint a light lunch! ive been 2x now and will go back (we like to go to the science center and museums down there)

        2. Chile relleno burritos at Ana Maria's in Grand Central Market

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          1. re: Ernie

            oh yeah that's a classic...and the Fernando's burrito at gilberts el indio.

              1. Can't speak for the LA area, but Gordo's in San Francisco does a black bean burrito (black beans, rice, salsa, avocado) that's quite good, and the (local?) chain Una Mas had a basic bean and rice burrito the last time I was there.

                1. my go to place for a low-cal, healthful, vegetarian, build-your-own burrito is freebirds.
                  that said, as one would expect, a low cal burrito is not going to taste like a lard-laden burrito. . . . .
                  they offer
                  1) three different types of beans, two of which are made with no added fat.
                  2) at least 6 different types of salsas (you can have all of them on the same burrito if you like
                  3) whole wheat tortillas if you wish
                  4) the will give you avocado at no extra charge on a vegetarian burrito
                  5) a couple of different types of lettuce
                  6) chopped cilantro (which they consider to be a salsa, unlimited)

                  very cheap.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      How have I missed this place. Pics look lovely. I'm also intrigued by the photos of their chile verde. The description is "costillas" en chile verde, but it looks more like shoulder. Anyone had it?

                      1. re: jesstifer

                        I don't believe it's shoulder. But don't hold me to it.

                    2. I really like and it's a chain so please forgive me:

                      la salsa's California burrito, enchilada style.

                      And the veggie burrito at Thr joint on Sawtelle is great too.

                      And it's junky but I also enjoy Benito's veggie burrito. Though I usually follow it with an egg potato and cheese burrito.

                      If you are willing to drive, my favorite veggie burrito is at Taqueria El Bajio in Santa Barbara.

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                      1. re: kevin

                        "And the veggie burrito at Thr joint on Sawtelle is great too"

                        Which place is this Kevin? Thanks.

                        1. re: PaulF

                          Nina's, kind of like americanized mex food like a gussied up Tbell.


                          1. re: kevin

                            Thanks. Driven by it a billion times but never stopped in.

                            Looks like my kind of place. Wouldn't shock me if I was there, soon.

                            1. re: PaulF

                              and the price is right, very clean, nice joint, nothing earth shattering obviously.

                              it ain't la super rica…

                              and yet it serves its purpose quite nicely.

                              and they have mexican cokes in the bottle (the everywhere does these days).

                              1. re: kevin

                                Now, I owe you a rec and here it is:

                                Have you been to Saby's on Venice? I'm 99% sure the cross street is Beethoven.

                                Saby's sort of serves the Venice High community. My son swears by the place and he and his friends live on the french fries and the breakfast burritos.

                                When trying Saby's you have to consider the price -- it's really, really cheap. I though the breakfast burrito was good, though it's not the gigantic egg bomb that some places serve.

                                Not suggesting you drive across town for it, but next time you're in the Venice area and have a hankering for good, cheap, tasty, cheap food, give Saby's a whirl.

                                1. re: PaulF

                                  i noticed it driving by but of course haven't stopped in yet, esp if i'm at the mar vista farmer's market on a sunday, but then i'll usually grab belgian fries from the fries guy and a lobster roll or two from the lobster truck and a slab of cake from Dray's BBQ.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    I'm at that Farmer's Market every Sunday.

                                    I have thought about doing a "what I buy at the Farmer's Market" post ... but haven't gotten around to it. But there are certain stands I hit up just about every week.

                                    I tried for the first time the fried egg sandwich at the Vietnamese food place. It's the place that used to do Indian, but they switched to Vietnamese. Really good breakfast sandwich. I usually don't eat at the market, though, because I walk back and forth and don't want to walk on a full stomach.

                                    My number one, most important stop is Ari's for the yogurt, the sheep cheese and the hommos.

                      2. This place has the greatest veggie burritos ever!


                        1. I am not a vegetarian either, but I make an exception for the grilled veggie burrito at Eduardo's near the SE corner of Westwood and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Los Angeles (in the minimall adjacent to the car wash). It is exceptional and a work of art.

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                          1. re: bringiton

                            i love eduardo's but only for the:

                            Shrimp Burrito.

                            Shrimp Burrito

                            Shrimp Burrito.

                            actually their veggie burrito is good too, their nachos are great, and so is their cheese enchilada plate, i much prefer their americanized eats to an el cholo, el coyote, el torito, etc. because that's the genre of food they are trafficking in.

                            but i beyond love the Shrimp Burrito.

                            buff said.

                            1. re: bringiton

                              and you can take away my street creed for liking Eduardo's.

                              but that shrimp burrito is damn good,

                              and quite possibly my favorite stand alone dish for under 10 bucks in LA.

                            2. Veggie breakfast burrito at Cofax is excellent.

                              1. Shrimp burrito at Tacos Baja Ensenada in ELA.

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                                1. re: foodiejb

                                  shrimp are considered veggies now? count me in!