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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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Burrito Bomba

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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.

Cilantro Mexican Grill

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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
Farley Elliott

Salsa & Beer

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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.

Triple Threat Truck

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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

Burritos La Palma

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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.

Tacos Tu Madre

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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.

El Ruso

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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

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.

Angry Egret Dinette

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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

Sonoratown

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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

La Azteca Tortilleria

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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.

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

Al & Bea's Mexican Food

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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.

El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos

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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
Matthew Kang

Tito's Tacos

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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.

La Burrita Marina

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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

Sonora Grill

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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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Burrito Bomba

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.

Cilantro Mexican Grill

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.

A burrito split in half on a black plate.
Cilantro Mexican Grill
Farley Elliott

Salsa & Beer

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.

Triple Threat Truck

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.

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

Burritos La Palma

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.

Tacos Tu Madre

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.

El Ruso

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.

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

Cofax

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.

Angry Egret Dinette

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.

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

Sonoratown

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.

A burrito with meat and vegetables.
Sonoratown
Sonoratown

La Azteca Tortilleria

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.

Socalo

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.

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

Al & Bea's Mexican Food

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.

El Barrio Neighborhood Tacos

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.

El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
El Gobernador burrito from El Barrio
Matthew Kang

Tito's Tacos

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.

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La Burrita Marina

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.

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

Sonora Grill

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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