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Seafood burrito from La Burrita Marina
Matthew Kang

17 Worthy Burritos That Prove LA Is More Than Just a Taco Town

From breakfast burritos to carne asada staples

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Seafood burrito from La Burrita Marina
| Matthew Kang

Los Angeles is first and foremost a taco town, but that shouldn’t preclude the city from also competing in the all-important burrito category. After all, who among us doesn’t occasionally crave a big tortilla, wound tightly around some stewed meat or grilled carne asada or — heaven forbid — some french fries. From bean and cheese classics to breakfast staples, some of LA’s most iconic burritos remain classics for decades. And, more recently, a crew of young upstarts has begun to change the way that greater Los Angeles sees the burrito; not as second fiddle to the taco, but as something more.

Here now are 17 awesome burritos to try, from all across greater Los Angeles.

Removed: Poquito Mas, Taco Nazo, Ray’s BBQ, Lowkey Burritos, Tere’s Mexican Grill

Added: La Burrita Marina, El Barrio, Angry Egret Dinette, El Ruso, Triple Threat Truck

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Burrito Bomba

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8024 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 293-8291
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North Hollywood’s Burrito Bomba began life as a home for breakfast burritos on the go, but has since expanded into evening service with big, seriously cheesy steak burritos and more, like mac and cheese and fried chicken options.

2. Cilantro Mexican Grill

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7214 Whitsett Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 765-7998
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North Hollywood’s premier gas station restaurant is Cilantro Mexican Grill, which quietly serves one of the best straightforward burritos anywhere. They’ve actually been doing so for years, relying on friendly service, quality ingredients, and the lure of folks pumping gas to win over the Valley.

A burrito split in half on a black plate.
Cilantro Mexican Grill
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3. Salsa & Beer

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11669 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA
(818) 503-1220
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This Valley favorite doesn't get a ton of love over the hill, but that's okay. Van Nuys and North Hollywood locals know about the power of their burrito plates, smothered in sauce and weighted by the pound, basically.

4. Triple Threat Truck

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5211 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

While Puerto Rican food is lesser-seen in around Los Angeles than Mexican and Central American flavors, it’s not for lack of trying on the part of the Triple Threat Truck. This big rig is known for its flavorful creations like the mofongleta, a messy concoction of marinated meats, fries, and smashed plantain mofongo all wrapped together.

Mofongleta, a burrito-like creation at Triple Threat Truck.
The massive mofonglita
Wonho Frank Lee

5. Burritos La Palma

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5120 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA
(626) 350-8286

Part taco, part burrito, this El Monte option comes with perhaps the finest flour tortillas in all the land, and is stuffed with succulently stewed meat inside.

6. Tacos Tu Madre

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1111 N Hayworth Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Tacos tu Madre has become a major player on the burrito scene, with multiple locations across Los Angeles. The place is known for putting tater tots inside its breakfast burritos, but don’t sleep on the all-day stuff, like the 36-hour marinated steak Korean BBQ burrito.

7. El Ruso

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3140 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

The hottest burrito in town right now has to be the sobaquera from El Ruso, the flour tortilla king of LA. Big, cheesy, and filled with carne asada, stewed meats, or whatever else is available that day, these are massive, shareable affairs.

Sobaquera burrito from El Ruso in Boyle Heights.
An extra-cheesy sobaquera
Matthew Kang

8. Cofax

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440 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 424-7485
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Fairfax coffee mainstay Cofax is known as a multi-trick pony. Not only do they keep the block caffeinated, they also serve one of the best modern breakfast burritos around, which are made all the more special thanks to smoked potatoes.

9. Angry Egret Dinette

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970 N Broadway Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 278-0987
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While LA has no shortage of killer breakfast burritos, the porky’s from Angry Egret Dinette chef Wes Avila stands alone thanks to its prodigious use of slow-roasted pork shoulder and Oaxacan cheese.

For one of LA’s best breakfast burritos, promise: Angry Egret Dinette.
The Porky’s
Farley Elliott

10. Sonoratown

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208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 628-3710
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It’s hard to think of a more popular burrito spot right now than Sonoratown, which works a menu of flour tortilla specialities in Downtown LA. The tacos are great, but it’s the stewed-meat chivichangas and evening burritos that really steal the show.

A burrito with meat and vegetables.
Sonoratown
Sonoratown

11. La Azteca Tortilleria

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4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA
(323) 262-5977

Any place that makes their tortillas in the back is worth a stop, and if they're also making chile relleno and dropping it inside said tortillas, that's a supreme bonus. Most folks consider this to be one of the best burrito spots east of the LA River, and for good reason.

12. Socalo

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1920 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 451-1655
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Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been keeping Los Angeles fed for decades. Now they’re back again in Santa Monica with all-day spot Socalo, and a menu that moves from chips and guacamole to burritos (breakfast, chicken, and more) and on to larger plates and cocktails in the evening.

A cut chicken burrito showing its insides, held up next to a blue wall.
Socalo burrito
Farley Elliott

13. Al & Bea's Mexican Food

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

This Boyle Heights bean and cheese burrito legend is perhaps the single most discussed burrito in all the land. Simple, rich, and delicious as ever, the place still has the hearts and stomachs of so many Angelenos, even after all these years.

14. El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos

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3500 Overland Ave #100
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(424) 603-4073
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El Gobernador burrito at El Barrio is absolutely tremendous, and one of the top burritos in the city. The burrito is stuffed with plump, fresh shrimp, grilled peppers, rice, beans, and caramelized onions before being wrapped in a large Sonoran flour tortilla that’s then grilled with cheese.

El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
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15. Tito's Tacos

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11222 Washington Pl
Culver City, CA
(310) 391-5780
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The meat, bean, and cheese burrito is a pro move for those in the know at Tito's, even though the hard-shelled tacos earn all the love. Old school flavors and the restaurant's signature salsa somehow combine under the California sunshine into something totally unique.

16. La Burrita Marina

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4747 Felspar St
Riverside, CA 92509

The Puerta Vallarta specialists at La Burrata Marina in Jurupa Valley know their way around coastal seafood, as evidenced by the heavy use of shrimp, octopus, and even marlin in their regionally-specific creations.

A shrimp burrito shown cut on the inside while sitting in a styrofoam container.
Shrimp at La Burrita Marina
Matthew Kang

17. Sonora Grill

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23962 Alessandro Blvd
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Moreno Valley's Sonora Grill is a singular burrito beast, offering an overclocked iteration that actually wraps bacon around the outside of the whole thing. It's not a wholly unique phenomenon as such things are seen in Mexico proper from time to time, but boy is it a gut-buster (in a good way).

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1. Burrito Bomba

8024 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91605

North Hollywood’s Burrito Bomba began life as a home for breakfast burritos on the go, but has since expanded into evening service with big, seriously cheesy steak burritos and more, like mac and cheese and fried chicken options.

8024 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91605

2. Cilantro Mexican Grill

7214 Whitsett Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91605
A burrito split in half on a black plate.
Cilantro Mexican Grill
Farley Elliott

North Hollywood’s premier gas station restaurant is Cilantro Mexican Grill, which quietly serves one of the best straightforward burritos anywhere. They’ve actually been doing so for years, relying on friendly service, quality ingredients, and the lure of folks pumping gas to win over the Valley.

7214 Whitsett Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91605

3. Salsa & Beer

11669 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA

This Valley favorite doesn't get a ton of love over the hill, but that's okay. Van Nuys and North Hollywood locals know about the power of their burrito plates, smothered in sauce and weighted by the pound, basically.

11669 Sherman Way
North Hollywood, CA

4. Triple Threat Truck

5211 Tujunga Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Mofongleta, a burrito-like creation at Triple Threat Truck.
The massive mofonglita
Wonho Frank Lee

While Puerto Rican food is lesser-seen in around Los Angeles than Mexican and Central American flavors, it’s not for lack of trying on the part of the Triple Threat Truck. This big rig is known for its flavorful creations like the mofongleta, a messy concoction of marinated meats, fries, and smashed plantain mofongo all wrapped together.

5211 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood, CA 91601

5. Burritos La Palma

5120 Peck Rd, El Monte, CA

Part taco, part burrito, this El Monte option comes with perhaps the finest flour tortillas in all the land, and is stuffed with succulently stewed meat inside.

5120 Peck Rd
El Monte, CA

6. Tacos Tu Madre

1111 N Hayworth Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Tacos tu Madre has become a major player on the burrito scene, with multiple locations across Los Angeles. The place is known for putting tater tots inside its breakfast burritos, but don’t sleep on the all-day stuff, like the 36-hour marinated steak Korean BBQ burrito.

1111 N Hayworth Ave
West Hollywood, CA 90046

7. El Ruso

3140 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Sobaquera burrito from El Ruso in Boyle Heights.
An extra-cheesy sobaquera
Matthew Kang

The hottest burrito in town right now has to be the sobaquera from El Ruso, the flour tortilla king of LA. Big, cheesy, and filled with carne asada, stewed meats, or whatever else is available that day, these are massive, shareable affairs.

3140 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

8. Cofax

440 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Fairfax coffee mainstay Cofax is known as a multi-trick pony. Not only do they keep the block caffeinated, they also serve one of the best modern breakfast burritos around, which are made all the more special thanks to smoked potatoes.

440 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA

9. Angry Egret Dinette

970 N Broadway Suite 114, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For one of LA’s best breakfast burritos, promise: Angry Egret Dinette.
The Porky’s
Farley Elliott

While LA has no shortage of killer breakfast burritos, the porky’s from Angry Egret Dinette chef Wes Avila stands alone thanks to its prodigious use of slow-roasted pork shoulder and Oaxacan cheese.

970 N Broadway Suite 114
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10. Sonoratown

208 E 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
A burrito with meat and vegetables.
Sonoratown
Sonoratown

It’s hard to think of a more popular burrito spot right now than Sonoratown, which works a menu of flour tortilla specialities in Downtown LA. The tacos are great, but it’s the stewed-meat chivichangas and evening burritos that really steal the show.

208 E 8th St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

11. La Azteca Tortilleria

4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, CA

Any place that makes their tortillas in the back is worth a stop, and if they're also making chile relleno and dropping it inside said tortillas, that's a supreme bonus. Most folks consider this to be one of the best burrito spots east of the LA River, and for good reason.

4538 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
Los Angeles, CA

12. Socalo

1920 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
A cut chicken burrito showing its insides, held up next to a blue wall.
Socalo burrito
Farley Elliott

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have been keeping Los Angeles fed for decades. Now they’re back again in Santa Monica with all-day spot Socalo, and a menu that moves from chips and guacamole to burritos (breakfast, chicken, and more) and on to larger plates and cocktails in the evening.

1920 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

13. Al & Bea's Mexican Food

2025 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA

This Boyle Heights bean and cheese burrito legend is perhaps the single most discussed burrito in all the land. Simple, rich, and delicious as ever, the place still has the hearts and stomachs of so many Angelenos, even after all these years.

2025 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA

14. El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos

3500 Overland Ave #100, Los Angeles, CA 90034
El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
Matthew Kang

El Gobernador burrito at El Barrio is absolutely tremendous, and one of the top burritos in the city. The burrito is stuffed with plump, fresh shrimp, grilled peppers, rice, beans, and caramelized onions before being wrapped in a large Sonoran flour tortilla that’s then grilled with cheese.

3500 Overland Ave #100
Los Angeles, CA 90034

15. Tito's Tacos

11222 Washington Pl, Culver City, CA

The meat, bean, and cheese burrito is a pro move for those in the know at Tito's, even though the hard-shelled tacos earn all the love. Old school flavors and the restaurant's signature salsa somehow combine under the California sunshine into something totally unique.

11222 Washington Pl
Culver City, CA

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16. La Burrita Marina

4747 Felspar St, Riverside, CA 92509
A shrimp burrito shown cut on the inside while sitting in a styrofoam container.
Shrimp at La Burrita Marina
Matthew Kang

The Puerta Vallarta specialists at La Burrata Marina in Jurupa Valley know their way around coastal seafood, as evidenced by the heavy use of shrimp, octopus, and even marlin in their regionally-specific creations.

4747 Felspar St
Riverside, CA 92509

17. Sonora Grill

23962 Alessandro Blvd, Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Moreno Valley's Sonora Grill is a singular burrito beast, offering an overclocked iteration that actually wraps bacon around the outside of the whole thing. It's not a wholly unique phenomenon as such things are seen in Mexico proper from time to time, but boy is it a gut-buster (in a good way).

23962 Alessandro Blvd
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

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