When we think of LA’s most iconic cuisines, our minds tend to jump immediately to tacos, Thai food, and whatever category of sushi Sugarfish falls into. And while you can find us waxing poetic about all of the above, we’d also like to officially take this time to remind everybody (including ourselves) that LA is a fantastic breakfast burrito town. And while we’ve dropped lists of the best of the best and a few additional subsections of the SoCal Burrito-verse, if you’re looking for a new breakfast burrito to add to your rotation, we’ve got you covered. From perfectly roasted pork shoulder to a crispy-crusty caramelized mix of shredded potatoes, here are the Best New Breakfast Burritos in Los Angeles.
When Angry Egret opened last summer in Chinatown, it quickly became one of our go-to sandwich shops. This order-at-the-window spot makes delicious tortas like the “Baja Shrimp Po’Boy” with pico de gallo and salsa negra and the “Saguaro,” which comes with tempura-fried zucchini and ricotta cheese. Elsewhere on the menu though, there are two breakfast burritos that also deserve your attention. If you’re in the mood for meat (and a lot of it), the “Hey Porky’s” is packed with perfectly roasted pork shoulder, scrambled eggs, black beans, queso Oaxaca, and a slightly spicy salsa verde. The “Atwater,” on the other hand, comes with shiitake mushrooms, roasted peppers, scrambled eggs, salsa, and braised leeks for some added acidity. Both are equally excellent, it just depends if you’re looking for something lighter or want to get your only meal of the day over with early.
Ever since this Silver Lake cafe reopened at the end of 2020, it’s been one of our favorite places to grab a breakfast sandwich, a spot to hang out at for a lazy brunch, and just somewhere to gorge ourselves on their gorgeous golden biscuits. Luckily, their breakfast burrito is no exception. Like any good burrito, it comes wrapped in foil and weighs as much as a newborn baby. Plus, it’s filled with staples like smoky longaniza sausage, refried beans, fried eggs, and salsa. We like that they’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here, and instead just serve a nice, hefty burrito that we’d happily eat any morning/early afternoon/late afternoon of the week.
We still aren’t totally sure what String’s Of Life’s name means, but it might have something to do with their breakfast burrito, which has brought us back to life several times after a boozy Saturday night. Similar to their excellent breakfast sandwich, SOL’s burrito stands out because of the use of simple, fresh ingredients that taste great together. There’s a fluffy omelette, mushroom, cheese, arugula, avocado, and a slice thick, fatty bacon. The star of the dish though is undoubtedly the crispy potato cake hiding in the middle. With crispy, salty skin, it provides a big pop of crunch without overpowering the other ingredients.
There are two breakfast burritos on the menu at this sunny, pastel explosion of a brunch-lunch spot on Main St. in Santa Monica. Both the “Ancho Hash” and the “Homemade Chorizo” are behemoths to cherish, but having tried both, the vegetarian option with eggs, manchego and oaxaca cheeses, plus a crispy-crusty caramelized mix of shredded potatoes and peppers is what has taken up permanent residency in our groggy morning rotation. Where the Chorizo tends to be the loudest and saltiest in the room, the pepper and shredded potato medley seeps subtly into the fluffy eggs and cheese. All wrapped up in a griddled La Fortaleza flour tortilla, it’s nearly impossible not to give this thing a hug before dousing it in salsa, and devouring it.