A breakfast burrito offers a warm, satisfying start to a day, provided it’s a good one. Many places in Los Angeles offer breakfast burritos on their menu, but there is a difference in quality. So if you are in the San Fernando Valley section of L.A. and want to start the day with a great treat, here are some dependable choices at various price points.
7042 Reseda Blvd., Reseda; 818-345-8445
This place looks like it primarily features Greek food on the outside, but inside the menu is the typical Greek diner found in New York. Translation – a great breakfast joint. For generations, the Greeks have known how to run a diner — and put together one hell of a breakfast. While you may be tempted by the budget breakfast featuring 2 eggs AND 2 pancakes for $2, scan further down the menu for the breakfast burrito options. They cost more but are a nice size. They all feature a layer of crispy hash browns, two scrambled eggs, shredded cheddar and then your choice of options.
310 S Victory Blvd Burbank, CA 91502 (818) 843-2567
The breakfast burritos at this long-standing Burbank stalwart are huge with an amazing sauce (beware of its kick!). This tiny non-descript, unpretentious place is always busy for a reason – the food is a great value. But bring a book or a friend to kill time. The wait can be long, but worth it. Also, bring cash. They do not accept credit cards.
4749 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City, CA 91604 (818) 762-7771
22941 Ventura Blvd Woodland Hills, CA 91364 (818) 222-7700
3300 Glendale Blvd., Atwater Village, CA 90039 (323) 664-9400
Hugo’s is a high-quality Mexican healthy fast-food spot. The locations, parking and seating are small (Studio City is strictly outside seating with heat lamps/fans). Most dishes (tacos, burritos, quesadillas, etc.) come with a choice of chicken, veggies, soy chorizo, steak, carnitas, al pastor, grilled fish and are priced based on the choice. Then you select the salsas from the usual (Pico de Gallo) to the super spicy – try the sweet and spicy Honey Chipotle! The breakfast burritos offer similar filling and salsa choices added to the eggs, onions, rice, beans, salsa and cheese.
Coral Tree Café
17499 Ventura Blvd. Encino, CA 91316, (818) 789-8733
11645 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles (Brentwood), CA 90049 310) 979-8733
10250 Santa Monica Blvd. Los Angeles (Century City), CA 90064 (310) 553-8733
This place tried to offer healthier fare, including a wide array of breakfast options with organic farm eggs. While I might go with one option in mind, I inevitable select other when I get there. So, I caution someone really wanting a breakfast burrito that you may be swayed. However, they do have a great one if you are determined at Encino and Brentwood! Besides the eggs, the burritos include black beans, house made turkey chorizo, cheeses and scallions, topped with avocado slices and sour cream. The Century City location has a slighter different but vegetarian one.
Jack In The Box
I included Jack in the Box here, because they actually have the best fast food burritos in the area if you want a non-bean burrito. There is the steak and egg one with chipotle sauce, hash browns, and melting cheddar and pepper jack cheese and the “meaty” one with bacon, ham, sausage as well as cheddar and pepper jack cheeses. I personally don’t like meaty burritos and used to order whichever cost less with no meat; then a helpful cashier told me to order it as a tortilla with scrambled eggs, cheese and salsa, which is charged a la carte and costs even less.
Diego’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant
12510 Riverside Dr. Valley Village, CA 91607 (818) 763-2466
This hole in the wall is located in an innocuous setting on the ground floor of a small office building. It may seem like your typical office sandwich and salad place, but they do a solid, relatively inexpensive breakfast with a variety of classic options. One is their wonderful breakfast burrito, with eggs, bacon, cheese, potatoes, salsa and sour cream.