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The Best Breakfast Burritos In Los Angeles
While delicious breakfasts can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, there's something about the flavor-packed convenience of a well-made breakfast burrito that is truly magical. From straightforward egg-cheese-potato-meat affairs to masterpieces loaded with house salsas, top cuts of meat, hash browns, avocado and more, L.A. has plenty of excellent, tortilla-wrapped reasons to get you out of bed. To help you start your day right—or any part of the day in some cases—here are our favorite breakfast burritos around town, and as always, let us know your local heroes in the comment section.
Frank's breakfast burrito (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)
For years before Cofax began gaining attention for their breakfast burrito further up Fairfax, Frank's was turning out a hearty rendition of its own—and thankfully nothing has changed. While cheerful Frank himself serves up some quality tacos at this small, low-key spot, the breakfast burrito is where it's at. The tightly packed tortilla comes loaded with a balanced blend of egg, cheese, potatoes, pico de gallo and your choice of bacon, ham, sausage, chorizo or—the obvious choice—a mix of bacon, sausage and chorizo for $2 more. It's served with a killer house-made green salsa and Frank's will hook you up with complimentary chips and salsa while you wait.
Frank's is located at 363 S Fairfax Ave., Mid-Wilshire, (323) 655-5277
Tacos Villa Corona
What this tiny Atwater Village breakfast burrito purveyor lacks in square footage and lack of seating (good luck grabbing a stool), they make up for with huge flavor. While the crowded, hand-drawn menu may feel overwhelming at first, trust that you can't really go too wrong with any direction you choose. Building on a solid egg, cheese, onion and cilantro foundation, you can choose either papas-style with griddle-cooked potatoes or chilaquiles with crispy tortilla strips. From there, build the breakfast burrito of your hangover dreams by adding spinach, beans, steak, chorizo, chicken, bacon or nopales. You can also add more egg or cheese. Hey, even Anthony Bourdain gave Villa Corona his seal of approval. Just don't forget to bring cash.
Tacos Villa Corona is located at 3185 Glendale Blvd, Atwater Village, (323) 661-3458
The Rib Tips breakfast burrito at Poppy & Rose (Photo via Facebook)
Poppy + Rose
If you're looking for a savory breakfast burrito, casual American comfort food restaurant Poppy + Rose has a good one. Their Rib Tips Breakfast Burrito is made with ribs, eggs, cheese, hashbrowns, BBQ sauce, housemade crème fraiche and mixed greens. Wash it down with a cold-pressed juice or a cup of their self-serve coffee. —Juliet Bennett Rylah
Poppy + Rose is located at 765 S. Wall St. in downtown L.A., 213-995-7799
Now that's a breakfast burrito (Photo via Lucky Boy/Facebook)
Pasadena's Lucky Boy shops never disappoint when it comes to giving customers behemoth breakfast burritos, ones big enough to prop a door open. Eat responsibly and wear stretchy pants. These burritos are chock-full of eggs, hash browns, cheese and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage. While they're not reinventing the wheel here, they do what they do well. Pro-tip: ask to add avocado for an extra charge, because you're from California and you can. —Jean Trinh
Lucky Boy is located at 640 S Arroyo Pkwy in Pasadena, (626) 793-0120; and 531 E Walnut St. in Pasadena
The Chorizo breakfast burrito (Photo courtesy of Tacos Tu Madre)
Tacos Tu Madre
A new contender to the breakfast burrito world, this tiny and colorful spot is serving up a great, quick breakfast option in Westwood where there aren't too many quality, grab-and-go choices in the morning. While Taco Tu Madre's gourmet taco options are solid, their breakfast burrito options are worth the visit. Order from the window of the brightly painted exterior and choose from the Veggie, which features scrambled eggs, cotija, guacamole, pico, tater tots and kimchi (!); the Chorizo with tots, cheese, guacamole and eggs; or for a twist the Pastrami with bacon, Oaxacan string cheese, guacamole and fried eggs. The last two are served with a side of house red pepper aioli. Take them to go or grab a small table outside or inside their cozy, enclosed patio space.
Tacos Tu Madreis located at 1945 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, (310) 654-0664
Breakfast done right at Astro Burger (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)
Unless you work at neighboring Paramount Studios—or have a keen sixth sense for breakfast burritos, in which case, awesome—you've probably blown by Astro Burger countless times on Melrose. Or maybe you got confused by the "Burger" in the name. Whatever the case, don't pass up their delicious offering of a snugly wrapped tortilla, expertly loaded with eggs, cheese, avocado, bacon and the stellar addition of a whole, crispy hash brown.
Astro Burger is located at 5601 Melrose Ave, Hollywood, (323) 469-1924
La Azteca Tortilleria
What better way to start your day than with a gargantuan breakfast burrito wrapped with a super fresh house-made tortilla. This East L.A. institution has been making good on that promise of a bright morning for nearly seven decades. We recommend going with the $6 chorizo and egg rendition, which comes with beans and pico de gallo, and cheese to the mix for an extra 50 cents, or the cactus, egg, beans and cheese combo is a good veggie option. If you ask really nicely, they may even add a chile relleno in to what is already a huge breakfast. Just be ready to take a nap afterward.
La Azteca Tortilleria is located at 4538 E. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue, East L.A., (323) 262-5977
Phanny's for the win (Photo courtesy Caroline Juen/Love & Loathing L.A.)
This Redondo Beach stalwart has been making mornings brighter with their breakfast burrito since 1982. Served all day, these breakfast bombs come stuffed with egg, cheese, salsa and your choice of potatoes or hash browns—though we strongly encourage you to go with the hash browns. From there, you can choose the always-reliable and popular bacon option, or mix it up with ham, sausage, turkey, a combination of two or three meats, or go veg with the vegetable rendition (onions, bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes) or soy chorizo. It's also strongly advisable to add avocado. And don't forget to grab a cup of Stumptown coffee to really get your day started right.
Phanny's is located at 1021 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, (310) 540-5141
This no-frills Burbank spot has been winning over legions of fans with their breakfast burritos for years, and the massive lines on weekends can attest to their enthusiasm. What at first glance may seem a standard egg, cheese, potato and meat combo wrapped in a tortilla, takes on new meaning when you start to chow down. The tender potatoes, the surprise of jalapeño and a deft griddle chop to mix all the ingredients together, really elevates the whole situation. You can choose from bacon, ham and sausage, or take things up a notch with steak, all while staying under $6 (unless of course you order extra meat). And, of course, you can go meatless. And the searingly hot house salsa is always a welcome addition. Just remember: they're cash-only and the breakfast burritos are only served until 11 a.m.
Corner Cottage is located at 310 S Victory Blvd, Burbank, (818) 843-2567
Burger Factory does breakfast burritos right (Photo by Danny Jensen/LAist)
Sure, Burger Factory may look like much—it's in a strip mall and has ridiculous cartoon paintings all over—but it can sure deliver a quality breakfast burrito. This no-frills spot goes back to the basics and fills their extra-large burrito (seriously, you could eat this lil log over two sittings) with your choice of sausage or bacon, scrambled eggs, cheese and hash browns. They don't skimp on the fillings and they also give you some solid salsa to go with it. The best part is that it's under $6, so you can save your money for an horchata to wash it down. —Jean Trinh
Burger Factory is located at 6050 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood, (323) 461-4015
A pair of Brother's burritos (Photo courtesy of Brother's Burritos)
This breezy, beachside favorite gives you free reign to find your favorite breakfast-burrito combo, offering 16 different suggested variations along with long lists of proteins, veggies, cheeses and salsas to build your own. Whether you go big with the Triple (tri-tip, egg, potato and Monterey jack) or keep it light with veggies and egg whites to maintain that beach bod, the Brother's burritos are hearty, but the fresh ingredients keep things light. And they're all around $5 or $6 (unless you go crazy with the add-ons). You can also opt for a bowl version, but that's for a different article. Don't forget to grab all three house salsas if you want to mix up the heat levels while you chow down.
Brother's Burritos is located at 24 11th St, Hermosa Beach, (310) 372-0707
Mmmm...breakfast at Cofax (Photo via Cofax Coffee/Instagram)
You'll likely have to brave a line and a small wait for Cofax's take on the breakfast burrito, but once you bite into that grilled tortilla you'll understand why. The smoked potatoes (done by their friends at Bludso's) give it a savory punch so strong you won't need to have a cup of coffee to wake up. Available as both a veggie and chorizo option, whichever one you choose you'll be using both the salsa verde and salsa roja provided as they are both both great complements. You know you want splurge for the optional avocado. The miracle of Cofax's burrito is that it feels less greasy than your typical breakfast burrito—so you might find a little room for impossibly-fluffy house-made donuts. We suggest the vanilla donut holes. —Carman Tse
Cofax is located at 440 North Fairfax Avenue in the Fairfax District. (323) 424-7485.
While this upscale brunch favorite may be thought by many as the place for amazing baked goods and dishes that require a knife and fork, they also bring their A-game to their breakfast burritos. It may be a touch more gourmet than most—and pricier at $12—but it's hard to argue with fluffy scrambled eggs, Irish cheddar, roasted potatoes, caramelized onion, guacamole, and a house salsa roja. Add Niman Ranch bacon or Peads & Barnetts sausage for an extra two bucks and you're golden. Though, keep in mind, that while you can request sour cream on the side, modifications are "politely declined," so you better be ready for the works.
Huckleberry is located at 1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, (310) 451-2311
This reliable breakfast destination offers an extensive menu to start your morning, but don't get lost—you're here for the Desperado. This "Grande Breakfast Burrito" is massive and includes scrambled eggs, red onions, diced tomatoes with ortega chilies, cheddar cheese, chopped potatoes and turkey-chicken chorizo (or you can opt for veggie chorizo). If you're feeling brave, you can also swap in their "gourmet" chili for the meat or just add it to the crazy mix. And while not everyone is a fan of the pea guacamole, many swear by it as it adds a refreshing bounce of springtime flavor. While Jinky's has 5 locations, we're particular partial to the Sherman Oaks spot if we're hankering for a breakfast burrito in the area.
Jinky's Cafe is located at 14120 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, (818) 981-2250; 4000 Colefax Ave, Studio City, (818) 308-8418; 1724 E Avenida De Los Arboles, Sherman Oaks, (805) 493-8809; 1447 2nd St, Santa Monica,(310) 917-3311; and 29001 Canwood St, Agoura Hills, (818) 575-4216.