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Recession Obsession: El Gran Burrito

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A Recession Obsession is, 1) a meal so great that it sticks in your mind long after digestion's end, and, 2) plays nice with your sensitive wallet. Is there a better place than Los Angeles to eat a wide variety of amazing food that happens to be inexpensive? Probably not. We're as lucky as we are well fed. We last obsessed over this series' Greatest Food Hits and Thai Town 2.0's Krua Thai. Today, we obsess...

Fans of being transported publicly will testify, the Metro stop at Vermont and Santa Monica Boulevard actually smells good.

Perhaps not the area near the tracks, nor the turnstiles, but near the leaning, metallic eye-catcher which marks the station’s subterranean entrance. That's where the fragrant wafts from next door take hold. El Gran Burrito is (aka Midnight Taco) cooking 24/7.

At certain hours of the day this restaurant could charge a cover just for people watching. It’s no secret that this always-hopping Mexican joint fills with characters who look to be from not-yet-conceived indie cinema when the bars let out. Wait a little later and the term "ambiance" goes out the window as it's not macabre enough. (LAist has been here for Late Night Eats)

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Whodini was right. The freaks come out at night. These colorful characters so happen to have good taste in Mexican food. Thankfully both normal people, and near-zombies can eat here, and for $3 as easily as you can $10. That’s why it’s LAist’s latest Recession Obsession.