On the southwest corner of Vermont and Santa Monica Blvd in the heart of East Hollywood stands a massive mexican fast food haven called El Gran Burrito. Inside the doors of this establishment I found myself in line as patrons ahead of me one by one ordered burritos packed with meat , beans, and salsa. Your food is assembled right as you order from trays of meats, sauces, frijoles and various other condiments and from watching the people in front of me it looked as if you could have the cook put whatever you wanted in the burrito as long as it folded in the end. As I stood there watching these massive burritos being prepared and folded I forgot for a moment that I was on a taco hunt and had to regain my focus. The burritos looked so good I was pretty close to just giving up on the taco hunt and ordering a burrito but I came to my senses and ordered 3 asada tacos con todo.
El Gran Burrito also has a nice salsa bar with a salsa roja, pico de gallo, carrots and jalapenos as well as marinated tomatoes. I tried to take a picture of this but there were too many people waiting to fill their plates with salsa and I only had time to douse my tacos with salsa roja and plop a few carrots and jalapenos on my plate. I may be on a taco hunt but I always like to look after my fellow citizens. It's more important that they get salsa before their food gets cold than it is for your humble taco correspondent to get a silly photo. Actually I'm lieing. I did try to take the photo but I botched it and only got half the salsa bar and it was all because a fat kid got in the way.
how were the tacos you ask? good but not on the level of King Taco or El Taco Llama. The meat was braised and spiced with cumin but there were some fatty bits on my tacos.The bar has been raised to a high level and I dont expect every Taqueria to meet it. Some taquerias have better carnitas than asada. Some have better burritos than tacos. I will definitely be returning to El Gran Burrito but next time it will be for one of their massive burritos.
3/5 for El Gran Burrito's carne asada tacos
El Gran Burrito is at 4716 Santa Monica Blvd. Open til 2am, tacos are $1 each.