The best breakfast burritos in Los Angeles
Dining out for breakfast in Southern California is, at its finest, an expression of community and intersecting cultures: Yemeni shakshouka in Anaheim, broiled mackerel with miso soup and salt pickles in Little Tokyo, catfish and grits in Inglewood, banana pancakes the size of hubcaps in Hollywood.
But to narrow the morning meal in Los Angeles down to one emblem? It has to be the breakfast burrito.
The origins of burritos, meals wrapped in flour tortillas for breakfast or otherwise, trace most credibly to Sonora, the northwestern state of Mexico where wheat has been cultivated since the 1500s. The Californian-Mexican connections made the burrito’s eventual presence in L.A. all but a foregone conclusion. Its ubiquity was hastened by the advent of the fast-food frozen burrito in the 1950s — from the same Riverside family that supplied the original McDonald’s in San Bernardino with burger patties.
A task like naming L.A.’s most stellar breakfast burritos could go on indefinitely. I only stopped combing through neighborhoods in search of foil-wrapped torpedoes — some canvases for cheffy individualism, some inventions crisscrossing ingredients from around the globe, some basic energy bombs — when deadlines forced a halt. Given the endless number of burritos served in L.A. at all times of day, I defined a breakfast burrito as including egg (or scrambled tofu for vegan options) in its folds.
Yes, some long-standing stalwarts were left off. I stand by the omissions, though I also consider this list a work in progress.
If you have a favorite breakfast burrito that should be on this list, tell us about it here.
All Day Baby
Angry Egret Dinette
Cafe Los Feliz
Foodminanti’s Court Cafe
George’s Burger Stand
Kumquat Coffee & Tea
Macheen at Milpa Grille
Mi Ranchito Veracruz
The Old Place
Tacos Villa Corona
Wake and Late
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