El Gran Burrito is arguably East Hollywood’s greatest Mexican restaurant, and at over twenty years at Vermont and Santa Monica, one of the neighborhood’s longest lasting franchises, ever. The reason? Your favorite bean and cheese burritos go for $5, while scrumptious tacos sell for $1.25; all made fast, easy, and flawlessly.
From there, El Gran offers all the popular Mexican classics from enchiladas for the sauce buffs to nachos for cheese lovers.
And hell, since it’s East Hollywood, they’ve even got pupusas for Los Salvadoreños, claw-canes for the kids, and arcade games for all, though it should be noted that after the Metal Slug machine broke down, they never brought it back (which I think merits a moment of silence from those of us who can still remember tugging at our mom’s faldas to let us have some quarters for it, back in the day).
In any case, they’re open 24/7, and are just the best to check out on a quick break from work, while you wait for the bus, or after the evening class at local Los Angeles City College.
If you’re nearby, don’t even think twice about it. Get in line, select your splendor, and smile. You’ll have made the right choice.