Everybody is warm and friendly and while my sister speaks fluent Spanish, it wasn’t absolutely necessary. Of course we ordered the Manuel Special, a gargantuan burrito loaded with shredded beef, cheddar cheese, salsa, peppers, beans, rice, guacamole and topped with more cheese, peppers and salsa, tipping the scale at five lbs. If that weren’t enough, we also ordered a small order of chips and guacamole.
The chips were fabulous ~ not too salty, which always kills it for me. The red salsa was hotter than hell, the green just mediocre (but I’m rarely a fan of salsa verde). While Annette and I stuck with water, Steffie went with horchata and it was muy delicioso. Though the place was packed, we did not have to wait long for our behemoth:
Manuel Special Machaca – $19.90
I was designated Burrito Carver (because I know how to cut a bitch) and served us all up. I took a corner piece and after giving a little dousing with the spicy red sauce it was time to dig in. Despite the burrito’s girth the quality does hold up. The shredded beef was tender and moist, as delicate as paper. Their guacamole is out of this world with freshness I’ve only found from my own kitchen – I’m glad my sister insisted we order the chips with guacamole so we had extra.
Leftovers going to the menfolk
The Manuel Special is definitely worth coming out of whatever way you have to drive. Bring your family, your friends, hell, bring your enemies because what else could bring peace other than a giant ass burrito made with love and quality ingredients?
The Glass of Win Non-Patent Pie Rating System gives Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Cafe four out of five pies!
Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Cafe
812 N Evergreen Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90033
I’m Rachael Faught, a food loving, globe-trekking geek girl extraordinaire. Based in Los Angeles, I am dedicated to the life of a true bon vivant, experiencing all life has to offer and then promptly writing about it. When I’m not on the go, I’m typically at home cooking up a storm and obsessing over Attack on Titan with strangers on the internet.