Burritos are pretty delicious under any circumstances, but a good breakfast burrito is a special kind of pleasure. All those eggs and warm fillings, tucked inside a cozy tortilla blanket, ready to power you up for the day ahead. L.A. may be first and foremost a taco town, but these breakfast burritos are proof we can do both.
One of the most popular and acclaimed of L.A. breakfast burritos, Lucky Boy serves their version from open to close, every day (the rest of the breakfast menu ends at 10:30 a.m.). Inside the extra-large bundle, you’ll find crispy bacon, fluffy eggs, and plenty of cheese. 640 S. Arroyo Pkwy., Pasadena; 531 E. Walnut St., Pasadena.
The Rooster rose in the breakfast burrito ranks before it even had a restaurant. Operating as a food truck for three years, chef Rouha Sadighi developed a cult following, particularly for her signature offering, the Rico Suave (eggs, cheddar and cotija cheese, tots, avocado, cilantro crema, bacon, and molcajete salsa). In June, 2019, the Rooster opened a brick-and-mortar–though you can sometimes spot the truck still making the rounds, too. 8809 W. Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson.
The menu at Wake & Late is succinct–just four signature breakfast burritos, one juice, one coffee–because they subscribe to the ethos of “do one thing and do it well.” For those who want a slightly-lighter breakfast, the Happy Greens includes organic eggs, quinoa, turkey sausage, avocado, and spinach; The O.G. is ready with tater tots, bacon, and cheese when you want to indulge. 105 E. 6th St., downtown.
CaCao Mexicatessen offers a full desaynos de Mexico menu, with a variety of traditional and modern dishes–but they don’t leave out the burrito-lovers. The option here features eggs, potatoes, and pinto beans along with your choice of meats and veggies, including carne asada, machaca, mushroom, or cauliflower “chorizo.” 1576 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock.
Sadly, Maria Flores, the matriarch who oversaw Tacos Villa Corona for over 25 years, passed away earlier this year, but younger generations of her family carry on the tradition. Breakfast burritos are available in a papas, nopales, and chilaquiles versions, with a variety of filling options and add-ons available. 3185 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village.
Cofax packs fans in for great coffee–and exceptional breakfast burritos. Options include Impossible “chorizo,” classic bacon, a version made with hot links and smoked potatoes from sister restaurant Bludso’s, and–if you’re lucky–the limited-availability pastrami. 440 N. Fairfax Ave., Fairfax District.
Sleek HiFi cafe Doubting Thomas offers an upscale take on the breakfast burrito, including braised pork shoulder, white cheddar cheese, smashed Sierra Gold potatoes, smoked chili, salsa, and eggs that are still runny, rather than scrambled. A vegetarian alternative swaps avocado for the pork. 2510 Temple St., Historic Filipinotown.
What HomeState serves are, technically, breakfast tacos, but we would be remiss to not mention them here. After all, they contain the same essential components as the other breakfast burritos on this list, in mini form–and do so very, very deliciously. 4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz; 5611 N. Figueroa St., Highland Park; 12105 W. Waterfront Dr., Playa Vista.
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