Breakfast burritos are glorious – and LA has almost too many of them. For the last year, I’ve been sacrificing my health and time on an incredibly important Breakfast Burrito Quest, trying to find the best breakfast burritos in LA. I’ve sorted the great ones from not-as-great ones (because, let’s be honest, all breakfast burritos are pretty good). You’re welcome.
Here are my obvious and inarguable criteria for the perfect breakfast burrito:
- It needs to feel breakfast-y, which probably involves eggs. You can’t make a top tier breakfast burrito that tastes like lunch, because that would be anarchy.
- It needs proper ingredient distribution. The first bite is crucial – don’t give me a mouthful of just beans or guac.
- The corollary to this rule is that the flavors need to work in harmony. Seventeen separate tastes is equally disqualifying.
- Not a hard-and-fast rule, but it probably contains potatoes, preferably hashbrowns with a little crunch. Some variation in texture is great.
- The tortilla shouldn’t be an afterthought. My favorites have usually taken a trip back to the griddle for crunch and heat. Ideally, I’m losing my fingerprints trying to hold it. And unlike most breakfast options, a breakfast burrito gets better with a slight delay (looking at you, breakfast sandwich)
- It shouldn’t cost too much. I have loved breakfast burritos that are over ten bucks – and you’ll even find some of them on this list… but I judge them for not being sufficiently egalitarian. Breakfast burritos should be for everyone.
- Finally, it needs to be a guilty pleasure. You can’t eat an entire breakfast burrito and feel like you made a good decision for your body. (Although one time, a trainer told me that the best time to eat something unhealthy is early in the morning, so #healthychoices. Enjoy one of these carb/calorie bombs for breakfast and sacrifice on lunch later.)
With that in mind, my findings are below. I was really trying to find my favorite in the city, or at least a top three, but I failed. There are too many good choices.
Here’s my list of the best breakfast burritos in LA broken down into Gold, Silver, and Bronze categories:
LA’s Gold Medal Breakfast Burritos:
1. Tacos Villa Corona — Atwater Village
Hail to the King: The Chorizo and Spinach Papas Breakfast Burrito at Tacos Villa Corona. This unassuming walk-up window in Atwater serves the classic breakfast burrito that you imagine when someone says those two perfect words.
2. Cilantro Mexican Grill — North Hollywood
Can the best breakfast burrito in LA be served in a Chevron? Hard to argue against the Cilantro Mexican Grill burrito. On top is the Meat Lovers. Bottom is Steak and Eggs. Both amazing and fairly cheap.
3. La Azteca Tortilleria — East Los Angeles
Hail to the Queen. This Chicken Chorizo Breakfast Burrito blew my mind. I even wondered if I should stay for lunch to try their Chile Relleno Burrito.
4. Yarrow Cafe — Beverly Grove
I was skeptical at first of the Yarrow Cafe’s veggie breakfast burrito, but I was so wrong. It’s now one of my favorites in LA!
5. Lucky Boy — Pasadena
The quintessential Breakfast Burrito is at Lucky Boy. I tried the Chorizo (fantastic) and their Bacon/Sausage (maybe too meaty?).
6. Cassell’s Hamburgers — Koreatown
Pro tip for the Cassell’s breakfast burrito – sub in hash browns and sausage. I loved this one!
7. The Rooster Truck — all over LA
One of the best breakfast burritos in LA is The Rico Suave at The Rooster Truck with chicken chorizo instead of bacon. Oh my god. Perfect sauce, consistency, ingredients, and gluttony factor.
8. Point Five ($$) — Beverly Grove
All the good stuff, including hash browns, guac, and a return trip to the griddle.
9. Electric Owl — West Hollywood
Holy Moly. The Big Ass Burrito at Electric Owl has eggs, cheese, chorizo, tater tots, elote, shishito, and avocado.
Silver Medal Breakfast Burritos:
1. Guerilla Tacos — Downtown
Tried all three and was expecting the Bacon and Avocado to be my favorite (shown here), but their simple bean burrito might have been the winner.
2. The Griddle Cafe — West Hollywood
Another fantastic contender: the Caballero at The Griddle Cafe — the chicken chorizo and green chilis are delicious. Go weekdays to avoid the lines!
3. Joan’s on Third — Los Angeles and the Valley
Love the hash browns and guac on this contender from Joan’s on Third – but as much as I liked it, when I’m at Joan’s, I can’t skip the New York Breakfast Sandwich.
4. Cofax — Fairfax
It’s all about the chorizo breakfast burritos at Cofax with potatoes that are slow-smoked at their sister restaurant, Bludso’s.
5. Sweet Chick — Fairfax District
The Fried Chicken Breakfast Burrito at Sweet Chick — Hard to skip out on the waffles, but your courage will be rewarded.
6. Huckleberry Bakery & Cafe — Santa Monica
One of Santa Monica’s best Breakfast Burritos is at Hucklebery Cafe: Bacon, caramelized onions, potatoes.
7. The Oaks Gourmet — Hollywood Hills
This list-worthy Bacon Breakfast Burrito has over-medium eggs, sharp cheddar, bacon, scallion, and a grilled jalepeno cilantro tortilla — good stuff!
8. Rose Cafe — Venice
This delicious contender at @therosevenice has bacon, eggs, potatoes, avocado, and a great salsa Rioja.
9. Escuela Taqueria — Fairfax District
The Breakfast Burrito at Escuela Taqueria: egg, pancetta, refried beans, avocado, pico de gallo, and salsa verde.
Bronze Medal Breakfast Burritos:
1. Paper or Plastik — Mid-City
Awesome Breakfast Burrito at Paper or Plastik — eggs, queso fresco, potatos, salsa, turkey chorizo, and spinach. It takes a long time to get, but it’s worth the wait.
2. Doubting Thomas — Westlake
The Braised Pork Shoulder with sunny eggs and white cheddar at Doubting Thomas is really good.
3. Jinky’s — Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Santa Monica
Extremely Satisfying “Desperado” Breakfast Burrito at Jinky’s in Studio City. Not sure about the Pea Guacamole, but everything else was top-notch!
4. Bardonna — Larchmont Village
I had an epic tragic affair with this List-Worthy Breakfast Burrito… Savored every bite because my wife has been disappointed by this place twice in a row and we may never be back…
5. Poppy + Rose — Downtown LA
The Rib Tips Breakfast Burrito at Poppy + Rose has ribs, eggs, cheese, brick hash, creme fraiche, and BBQ sauce.
6. Corner Cottage — Burbank
Just a great straightforward breakfast burrito at Corner Cottage.
7. Magnolia Grille — Toluca Lake
Another straight-ahead entry from the Magnolia Grille. Quite satisfying.
8. NoMad ($23!) — Downtown
This is truly a magnificent Breakfast Burrito. Is it breakfast-y enough? Is the $23 dollar price tag disqualifying? Have I lost my mind? Questions to ponder while I relish the Suckling Pig filling!
9. All Time — Los Feliz
Really liked this quality contender from All Time with Bacon, Potatoes, etc.
I tried about 40 others on my quest, but I expect to be called out for missing some clear contenders. What are your favorites? What did I get wrong? And where do I need to head next?