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How to Celebrate National Burrito Day in California

How to Celebrate National Burrito Day in California

Burritos in the Golden State vary by region—some are stuffed with rice, others with French fries or even Korean barbecue
Posted 5 years agoby Katrina Hunt

Legend has it that the burrito was born in northern Mexico as a hearty, portable lunch for workers. To properly observe National Burrito Day (April 4), however, one can actually spend weeks in California, exploring the many nuances of these tortilla-wrapped delights.

In the Bay Area, your burrito is often served Mission-style, with rice, meat, and beans inside. Down in San Diego, burritos often come partially stuffed with french fries (yes, you heard right). And Los Angeles County offers a pastiche of styles: In 2018, Food & Wine declared the purist-pleasing, bean-and-cheese burrito at Al & Bea’s in Boyle Heights the best burrito in the entire state. And while that may be true, L.A. County offers a multitude of variations, including Indian and Korean burritos.

The best way to become a burrito authority, of course, is to try as many as possible. Here are 10 more excellent contenders, starting from just north of the border.

Lucha Libre Taco Shop, San Diego

Ask for a California burrito in this SoCal city and you’ll find french fries inside, like the classics at county-wide chain Roberto’s Taco Shop (try the location right next to scenic Torrey Pines State Beach). But it’s hard to argue with the local flavor of Lucha Libre in Mission Hills, where the menu includes The Surfin’ California (with steak, shrimp, fries, pico de gallo, and avocado) and the in-house TVs show old Mexican wrestling matches.