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Los Angeles is known for many things: the Hollywood sign, palm trees, celebrity home tours, sunshine year-round and, perhaps most importantly, really good Mexican food. With so many options, it can be a daunting task just to choose lunch. To simplify things, here’s a list of some great burritos that are sure to impress locals and visitors alike.
La Azteca Tortilleria’s famous chile relleno burrito has been named LA’s best so many times, by so many people, that there isn’t room to list them all. The restaurant opens at 6am, when they start making the tortillas, and closes at 3:30pm (or earlier, if they run out), so plan to stop by for lunch. It’s worth a little planning to get your hands on a burrito filled not only with refried beans but also an entire cheese-filled, battered and fried chile.
Bacon refried beans, hot pink hibiscus cocktails and fancy appetizers may not constitute the most authentic Mexican dishes, but there is no arguing that they are delicious. Malo boasts an impressive list of burritos on their lunch menu (including innovative ingredients such as tofu and Pacific Rock cod), and the restaurant was also the winner of the Downtown News’ Best New Restaurant award in 2011.
Malo, 4326 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, +1 323 664 1011
Más Malo, 515 West 7th Street – 1st Floor, Los Angeles, CA, +1 213 985 4332
Lupes #2 is an East LA classic easily recognized by a sign proclaiming its specialization in twelve different types of burritos. Grab a barstool at the L-shaped counter to watch the food be prepared, or catch up on whichever sports game is on (during baseball season, it will certainly be tuned to the Dodgers). The burritos are delicious and moderately sized, leaving enough room for you to also order a side of French fries smothered in guacamole.
Lupes #2, 4642 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA +1 323 266-6881
Taco Surf is best known for its logo and excellent Baja-style fish. While the tacos provide a light option, the burrito is a massive plate of lightly crunchy, breaded fish perfection. It is best washed down with a pitcher of Dos Equis shared with friends (and a virgin margarita for the designated driver).
Multiple Locations +1 562 594 3777