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Downtown Bakery 7.75

Posted in Breakfast Burrito, East Village by burritowizard on October 6, 2010

69 1st Ave
(between 4th St & 5th St)
New York, NY 10003

(212) 254-1757

Vegetarian Burrito $7.08 after tax; Veggie Breakfast Burrito $4.90 after tax

Authentic Central American/ Mexican hybrid, with amazing breakfast burritos.  Featuring the Best salsa in NYC (spicy hot).

Good Stuff: Amazing breakfast menu; Old school East Village feel; Best Salsa in NYC; Decent coffee

Bad Stuff: Portions are too large; NO fresh jalapenos

tomatillo (left) spicy flavorful amazing; and guajillo (right) flavorful rich medium spicy

Value: Great value, particularly in the breakfast menu.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.75

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TACOS VILLA CORONA (8.75)

Posted in Atwater Village, Breakfast Burrito by burritowizard on August 22, 2009

Villa Corona Exterior

3185 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039

(323) 661-3458


Measurements: vary depending on burrito (more expensive tend to be bigger). 8” to 9” circumference and 6” to 7” length


tacos-villa-menu


For vegetarians and spendthrifts: this is the best burrito in Los Angeles.  Tiny hole in the wall, not big enough for 3 people to stand (unless they are really in love with each other). No rice, one type of hearty red salsa/ hot sauce (achieving perfect synergy with everything on the menu), She takes her last order around 4:45pm.  The most unusual thing on the menu is the Tortilla & Egg Burrito (see pic below) with tortilla chips inside (not recommended for first-timers).  Simple, strait-forward, quaint, owner operated and certainly worthy of a visit from out-of-towners.  The place is sometimes referred to as Maria’s, the matriarch’s name.


tacos-villa-burrito


Value: Dollar for Dollar Best Burrito in Los Angeles


WIZARD’S SCORE: 8.75


LUCKY BOY DRIVE-IN (7)

Posted in Breakfast Burrito, Pasadena by burritowizard on March 2, 2009

Lucky Boy Sign

640 S Arroyo Pkwy Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 793-0120

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Measurements: 10” circumference, 7” length (bigger than average)

 

Breakfast Burrito $5.63 after tax

 

 

I hear this place has the “best breakfast burrito in Los Angeles” (technically in Pasadena). It’s an old fashioned drive-in burger joint, with quick turn over of above average quality ingredients in large portions. It’s unfortunate that I’m reviewing their vegetarian burritos, because it’s clear that is not what they do best. But, I’m impressed that they do it at all. Upon ordering the vegetarian breakfast burrito I realized it’s a monster, served with vast amounts of their red tangy hot sauce/ salsa. I ordered it with pico de gallo (which I don’t recommend) that tastes more like German tomato salad.

My friend wanted a lunch burrito, but the options are a bit out of the ordinary. For the burritos you pick and choose from amongst the ingredients in the kitchen (slim pickings for vegetarians). My friend orders a gyro (kind of a random burrito alternative), but somewhat telling of the burrito options here. Great place to stock up on breakfast burritos for Rose Bowl tailgating, otherwise I may just get an omelet at the Pantry on Figueroa downtown (they make a killer hot salsa).

 

Lucky Boy Burrito

Value: gynormous burrito for about the going rate of a regular.

 

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7

 

 

ANTIGUA BREAD (6.75)

Posted in Breakfast Burrito, Highland Park by burritowizard on February 23, 2009

Antigua Bread Exterior

5703 N Figueroa Street Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 259-9345

Measurements: 8.5” circumference, 7” length (slightly smaller than average)

Veggie Burrito $4.60 after tax

Feels like a Starbucks coffee shop with laptops, lattes, and mostly locals.  The food is good, but clearly they haven’t put enough thought towards vegetarians.  I ordered the Veggie Burrito, which is a breakfast burrito with eggs, potatoes (fresh), cheese and vegetables.  They have one salsa: a light red chipotle very well constructed.  Maybe they can put together a vegetarian lunch burrito (not on the menu)???

Antigua Bread Burrito

Value: Yes

WIZARD’S SCORE: 6.75

Highland Park Vegetarian Burrito