The Burrito Blog

Now, here’s a blog I get. Jonah travels the length and breadth of America, sampling the fare from taquerias of all sizes, posting his reviews on the Burrito Blog. As of this writing, he hasn’t sampled the best yet, which can only be found at El Tepeyac. ¿Es verdad, mi familia?

Now, if you’re ever in the Los Angeles area, you want to head over to East LA and find 812 N Evergreen Ave., between Brooklyn and Wabash. El Tepayac is across the street from a large Catholic church, in a neutral zone, and there’s usually a real long line outside. But, don’t get discouraged and leave or you’ll miss the experience of a lifetime.

That’s right. I’m talking about the Hollenbeck burrito, which is half the size of a Manuel’s Special and pictured here. I stuck a fork in it for scale. It’s about a foot long and filled with rice, beans, guacamole and a very unique version of chile verde — Manuel’s own homestyle recipe. That’s really about all that’s in it, but it defies description and has been bringing Denise and I back for almost 40 years.


  1. Sista Di said:

    si si! Es verdad! Es muy muy bueno! and mucho grande!

    May 29, 2008
  2. Donna Webster said:

    looks yummy Bo. Unfortunately here in the south we’ve been very disappointed with the mexican food and have found nothing to compare with my favorite . . El Ranchito in La Habra.

    May 30, 2008
  3. jennifer said:

    bookmarking The Burrito Blog for further reading…we miss the really good Mexican food we used to get in the area where the CA Delta & the valley converge…

    June 10, 2008
  4. pietyhill said:

    It’s weird… it’s all over the place… everywhere except Nevada County! Sheeesh.

    June 10, 2008
  5. Patrick Brennan said:


    On vacation in Carlsbad, CA. and ate at Colima’s in Vista on Hacienda a few nights ago.
    I had the biggest burrito I ever saw. I had 4 burritos on my tray and it was so heavy I almost asked for help. The Bean and Cheese went for $3.50 and the Carne Asada was $5.50. And I thought for that much food for the price they must have cut on quality. Was I wrong!!! The best burrito I ever had. I may not come back to Grass Valley. I wonder if they can over-night one to me when I get a craving?!!??

    Like the Mac IIci this is the burrito for the bench tests………..

    June 23, 2008
  6. pietyhill said:

    Excellent work, Pat. I knew when we sent you south to scout out burritos, we would not be disappointed.

    By the way, what were you doing eating four burritos?!?!?!? You were just supposed to taste.

    June 24, 2008

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