A fixture in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, El Tepeyec has been dishing out large portions of Mexican food for over 50 years.
No longer a hidden gem in the Mexican community, at lunchtime El Tepeyac has a line of hungry patrons lined up at the outside order window waiting to place their order. When your meal is ready, you can sit at one of several outdoor Formica tables beneath the building’s canopy.
El Tepeyac’s claim to fame is the Hollenbeck burrito. Named after the local police precinct, this behemoth of a plate-sized “wet” burrito is bursting with tender pork, cheese, beans, rice, and guacamole. Generously studded with hunks of stewed pork, the ranchero sauce that covers the burrito packs more flavor than punch. You can also try the “Manuel Special” if you dare, a burrito that’s twice as expensive and three times the size of the Hollenbeck Burrito; however, the Manuel Special would likely be more suited for feeding a family of four.
A visit to L.A. would not be complete without a stop at El Tepeyac for authentic Cal-Mex street food.