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Farley Elliott

36 Mind-Blowing Breakfast Burritos in LA

The best handheld breakfast available in town.

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Magnolia Grille, North Hollywood
| Farley Elliott

A great breakfast burrito can be as divisive as it is delicious. There are neighborhood allegiances to consider, overall quality, price and (this being L.A.) location. All of these factors must also be filtered through a bright morning lens. How hungover did you get the night before? What outfit are you willing to wear out to breakfast? Because there are so many moving parts, truly picking the best breakfast burrito seems an impossible, and highly personal, task.

Here instead are 36 of the best, from all around the county. There are beachy options in Malibu and Redondo Beach, low key joints in Downey and Sierra Madre, and even a breakfast star hidden away in Beverly Hills. Just don't ever skimp on the salsa.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Amigo's Tacos

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3216 Manhattan Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA
(310) 376-6885

Skip the line at Brother’s and head to Amigos for a knock-off that might be better than the current champion. Just watch out for the seriously spicy salsa.

2. Art's Burgers

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11629 Valley Blvd
El Monte, CA 91732

The legendary El Monte stop Art’s Burgers still doses out breakfast burritos with egg and cheese only for less than $2. A three-meat option is just over $3.

3. Astro Burger

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5601 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 469-1924
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Well known for a semi-secret line of vegan and vegetarian options, this diner-like drive thru does a mean (if a tad small) breakfast burrito as well. And it doesn’t need to be healthy.

4. Athenian Grill

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7042 Reseda Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335
(818) 345-8445

This Reseda specialist feels like an East Coast Greek diner throwback, but with one of the most balanced breakfast burritos in town. No overwhelming potato here, just thin strips of fully griddled hashbrown goodness.

5. Big Tomy's

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11289 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 479-0601

One of the endless Original Tommy’s knock-offs, this south Culver City strip mall staple offers the full run of breakfast options, plus hashbrowns and plenty of cheese. Want chili or pastrami instead? Just ask (and be sure you have the cash).

6. Brother's Burritos

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24 11th St
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 372-0707
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It’s all about the options at this Hermosa Beach haunt, which opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekends and lets guests build their own burritos from nearly two dozen options.

7. Burger Factory

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6050 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 461-4015

Hollywood’s resident hangover fix, Burger Factory weighs in with options for meat, potatoes, egg, and (crucially) avocado, all for $5.50. They even deliver.

8. Burrito King

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2109 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 484-9859

Ever a hipster’s best bet, the breakfast burritos at this Sunset Bvlvd. walk up window are never very fancy (usually just egg, bacon, and cheese, but isn’t that the point?

9. Cofax

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440 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 424-7485
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The current darling of the breakfast burrito scene, Cofax’s smoked potato concoction is one of the most inventive, and downright delicious, options in all of L.A. It helps that great coffee is readily available too. Yes, you can go vegetarian too, but why would you?

10. Coffee Commissary

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3121 W Olive Ave
Burbank, CA 91505
(818) 556-6055
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Does adding egg to a hearty brisket burrito count? It does when it’s from Coffee Commissary in Burbank, which keeps early hours and slow smokes their brisket for half a day.

11. Frank's Charbroiler

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363 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 655-5277

Fairfax has Cofax now, but long before those boys there was the manly burrito at Frank’s Charbroiler, just south of West 3rd. Order the mix — it’s the best of every possible breakfast burrito world.

12. Guerrilla Tacos

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826 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(818) 640-3033
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What can’t Wes Avila do when he puts his mind to it? Though not always available, this semi-frequent breakfast burrito tends to come with Cook’s Ranch pork belly sausage, which is its own level of awesome.

13. Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery

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1014 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 451-2311
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Santa Monica’s upscale favorite, Huckleberry is a bruncher’s best friend and a hungover person’s worst nightmare. Skip the interminable lines for a pick up order of perhaps L.A.’s best breakfast burrito.

14. Jinky's Cafe Sherman Oaks

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14120 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 981-2250
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Jinky’s is synonymous with breakfast, especially in Sherman Oaks. Don’t be fooled by the healthy-ish options; the Desperado burrito packs a morning punch.

15. Jose Chiquito

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317 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 680-3363
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Don’t count the Grand Central Market out yet as an overworked bastion for the rich and those able to wait in line. Breakfast ‘wraps’ at Jose Chiquito are still fast, cheap, and delicious.

16. King's Burgers/Got Sushi?

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9345 Reseda Blvd
Northridge, CA 91324
(818) 885-6456

Things get weird this far north. Straight from Northridge’s own breakfast-burger-sushi stop, the avocado-laced burritos here are great for the morning-after local college crowd.

17. Lily's Cafe & Pastries

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29211 Heathercliff Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-3745

As everyone in Malibu knows: Lily’s breakfast burritos are phenomenal. Order one up to go and then pull over in full view of the ocean for the full experience.

18. Lucky Boy Drive-In Restaurant

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640 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 793-0120
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Pasadena’s own Lucky Boy often earns nods as the best around, and it’s not hard to see why. Size matters here, with portions big enough to feed an army — without skimping on the technique.

19. Lucky Guys #2

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12801 Bellflower Blvd
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 803-3036

Anyone playing fast and loose with their arteries is advised to head for the Suicide, a matrimony of cheese, ham, bacon, sausage, chili, beans, and hash browns.

20. Lucy's Mexican Drive-in

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1373 S LA Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 938-4337

Mid-City’s absolute best breakfast burrito is available for drive thru pickups. A thin crisp of hashbrowns, plenty of cheese, sausage and just enough egg — and its available 24 hours a day.

21. Lupe's Place

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1446 Foothill Blvd
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-8950

Who knew that La Cañada Flintridge could sport such a worthwhile taqueria? This out of the way find keeps things old school by mixing their ingredients into a big messy hash consistency, but add some salsa and away you go.

22. Magnolia Grille

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10530 Magnolia Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
(818) 766-1054
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Get an early start at this place (they open at 6 a.m.) because lines often form for the oversized breakfasts, including the griddled $9 burrito.

23. Mary's Market & Canyon Cafe

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561 Woodland Dr
Sierra Madre, CA 91024-1443
(626) 355-4534
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Mary’s is for locals. Tucked into the base of the Angeles National Forest, this roadside shack serves tasty morning burritos for well under $5. It’s as quaint as they come.

24. Nick's Cafe

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1300 N Spring St, Los Angeles
CA, 90012
(323) 222-1450
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Nick’s is a Chinatown staple, having offered their back-breaking breakfasts for nearly 80 years. Skip the benedicts and head for the secretly awesome breakfast burrito. After all, anyone who’s been cooking eggs for this long knows what they’re doing.

25. P&G Super Burger

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1030 North Citrus Avenue
Covina, CA 91722
626-967-6846

Covina’s own P&G Super Burger isn’t just about the pastrami and chili cheese fries. Their bacon avocado option is a trusty local staple, and available until noon.

26. Pepe's Mexican Food

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511 W Valley Blvd
Alhambra, CA

Not only does Pepe’s open at 6 a.m. for those early morning breakfast burrito eaters, they also offer a dozen different combinations and don’t skimp on the freshly cooked eggs.

27. Phanny's

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Avenue C and Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 540-5141
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There’s a reason Redondo Beach locals love their Phanny’s breakfast burritos: they’re served all day. Assorted combos and a vegetarian option help too, of course.

28. Snug Harbor

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2323 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 828-2991
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This egg-loaded monster flies under the radar because its not close to the beach, but don’t let Snug Harbor’s longtime position on Wilshire and 24th keep you from trying one of the Westside’s best.

29. Tacos Por Favor

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1408 Olympic Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 392-5768
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A longtime Santa Monica taco tradition, the breakfast burrito here is worthy of its own mention. Tightly wound with fresh ingredients, it’s a simple pick-me-up that won’t lay you down for an entire day.

30. Tacos Villa Corona

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3185 Glendale Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(323) 661-3458

When even Anthony Bourdain knows about your breakfast burrito, you know it’s good. This Atwater Village mom and pop shop sports long lines on the weekends, but for good reason: it’s one of the best anywhere in town.

31. Taqueria El Tapatio

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1266 S Glendale Ave
Glendale, CA 91205

Glendale’s perennial frontrunner is Taqueria el Tapatio, a no-frills walk up option that leaves a bit lacking by way of service but hits where it counts: the morning chorizo breakfast burritos.

32. Taqueria la Mexicana #5

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1901 E Carson St
Long Beach, CA
(562) 989-9210

This San Diego-style taqueria does a brisk carne asada business, but their breakfast option (yes, it’s proper etiquette to sub in fries for potatoes) is a local Long Beach mainstay.

33. The Corner Deli & Grill

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1660 S Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-5760
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Need a breakfast burrito recommendation? Just ask college kids. UCLA knows the best are found for cheap at nearby Corner Deli, as they have been for almost 15 years.

34. The Farm of Beverly Hills

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439 N Beverly Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 273-5578
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This one is for the fancy folks. Available on the brunch menu, the weekend burrito fits quality scrambled eggs, aged cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon inside of a warm tortilla — with a $12 price to match.

35. The Griddle Cafe

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7916 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 874-0377
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Overloaded, overstuffed, and overindulgent describes just about everything on the menu at the Griddle, but the breakfast burrito is perhaps the bulgiest of them all. The Caballero is a knife and fork affair, all the way, with sour cream and pico de gallo on top just to make sure.

36. The Oaks Gourmet

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1915 N Bronson Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
(323) 871-8894
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An early adopter of the recent wave of cheffed up breakfast burritos, the option at The Oaks sports eggs that haven’t been fried hard yet, so there’s still some softened goodness inside. Add in thick cut bacon and scallions, and it’s a feast.

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1. Amigo's Tacos

3216 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA

Skip the line at Brother’s and head to Amigos for a knock-off that might be better than the current champion. Just watch out for the seriously spicy salsa.

3216 Manhattan Ave
Hermosa Beach, CA

2. Art's Burgers

11629 Valley Blvd, El Monte, CA 91732

The legendary El Monte stop Art’s Burgers still doses out breakfast burritos with egg and cheese only for less than $2. A three-meat option is just over $3.

11629 Valley Blvd
El Monte, CA 91732

3. Astro Burger

5601 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Well known for a semi-secret line of vegan and vegetarian options, this diner-like drive thru does a mean (if a tad small) breakfast burrito as well. And it doesn’t need to be healthy.

5601 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

4. Athenian Grill

7042 Reseda Blvd, Reseda, CA 91335

This Reseda specialist feels like an East Coast Greek diner throwback, but with one of the most balanced breakfast burritos in town. No overwhelming potato here, just thin strips of fully griddled hashbrown goodness.

7042 Reseda Blvd
Reseda, CA 91335

5. Big Tomy's

11289 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

One of the endless Original Tommy’s knock-offs, this south Culver City strip mall staple offers the full run of breakfast options, plus hashbrowns and plenty of cheese. Want chili or pastrami instead? Just ask (and be sure you have the cash).

11289 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

6. Brother's Burritos

24 11th St, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

It’s all about the options at this Hermosa Beach haunt, which opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekends and lets guests build their own burritos from nearly two dozen options.

24 11th St
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

7. Burger Factory

6050 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028