La Azteca Tortilleria, an old-school tortilleria in East Los Angeles that's been open for 65 years, has a small menu for customers who can't wait to go home to eat their freshly assembled tortillas. Consequently, it makes the best burrito in town: one made with profoundly awesome flour tortillas, obviously, but also embellished by a meringue-battered whole chile relleno, expert refried beans and a simple chopped pico de gallo salsa Mexicana. Maybe this is because the subtle sweetness of the roasted poblano chile defies the usual salt-on-salt burrito paradigm? Hint, hint to other burrito places in town. 4538 E. Cesar Chavez Ave., East L.A. (323) 262-5977.
—Javier Cabral

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