El Tepeyac

812 N Evergreen Ave Cuisines: Mexican


In Short Outside this so-authentic-it's-kitschy landmark, vendors ply cookies and trinkets to those waiting in line for the best burrito in L.A. Inside, a shrine to the Virgin Mary overlooks a dozen Formica tabletops crowded with families devouring the meaty behemoths. El Tepeyac burritos are so big and unwieldy they can only be eaten with a knife and fork. The Hollenbeck burrito--a monstrosity of rice, beans, guacamole, chili and stewed pork jam-packed in a flour tortilla and topped with ranchero sauce--has earned its signature status. Unrepentant carnivores should go for the all-meat Oscar burrito. The shoebox-sized Manuel Special, a wet burrito with rice, beans, guacamole, chili and pork, could feed an entire family. Tacos, enchiladas and taquitos round out the menu, but burritos are this foodie find's raison d'etre.

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