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Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe

Mexican Restaurant and Burrito Place$$$$
Boyle Heights, Los Angeles
  • Freddy R.
    "Great LA gem! Try the "Manuel Special" its big enough for two or three..."(7 Tips)
    TV Food Maps
    "Check out El Tepeyac as seen on Best Bars in America , Man vs Food"(5 Tips)
    "Try the Hollenbeck burrito with carne asada"(5 Tips)
    Jennifer L.
    "Best Mexican food in LA hands down."(2 Tips)
92 Tips and reviews
  • burritos
  • man vs food
  • manuel special
  • lively
  • family-friendly
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  • Nate T.
    Nate TharpMay 15, 2017
    The Hollenbeck Burrito
  • Lucky Peach
    Lucky PeachJanuary 18, 2017
    Tire Shop Taqueria is a magical taco assembly line of grills and folding tables set up under two pop-up tents. The tortillas are pressed to order, and all the meat is grilled right in front of you. Read more
  • Ray A.
    Ray AsanteSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonJuly 28, 2016
    Hollenbeck Burrito
  • David L.
    David LamarJuly 15, 2016
    Everything in here
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 28, 2016
    Casual Mexican cafe with counter; vintage exterior river rock front & original sign.
  • Miles
    MilesOctober 23, 2015
    Try the Hollenbeck burrito with carne asada
  • Danica G.
    Danica GuerraOctober 7, 2015
    Love this spot!
  • Alonso G.
    Alonso GarciaSeptember 29, 2015
    Manuel especial!! Bomb
  • John S.
    John SaldanaAugust 6, 2015
    The food is still the same after all these years.
  • Hector V.
    Hector ValtierraJune 26, 2015
    The pork wet burrito!
  • Yvonne I.
    Yvonne IbarraMay 24, 2015
    The burrito was bomb, 3 different size burritos....
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.May 5, 2015
    In business since 1942, but at this location since 1955.
  • Albert B.
    Prices keep going up and up
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyApril 13, 2015
    A vendor at LA Weekly's Tacolandia 2015!
  • Pat O.
    Pat O'KeefeMarch 17, 2015
    It's all great!
  • Hanh N.
    Hanh NMarch 11, 2015
    The veggie burrito is filled with beans, cheese, rice and guacamole, topped with cheese & ranchera sauce. So good! Husband gets the chile relleno burrito, also good.
  • bryan j.
    bryan jacobsJanuary 30, 2015
    Hollenback (Mini)
  • bryan j.
    bryan jacobsJanuary 30, 2015
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MartinezDecember 28, 2014
    Just go there! Nuff said
  • Martha R.
    Martha ReneeDecember 21, 2014
    Meat & Pork
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 24, 2014
    Local favorites include Manuel's Special Machaca Burrito and the equally enormous breakfast burrito, which, yes, you can order with a side of bacon. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 24, 2014
    At El Tepeyac, the guacamole is always fresh, the cheese is more than abundant, and in the early hours of the morning, the pork shoulder is patiently simmered for nearly half a day. Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyNovember 24, 2014
    Manuel’s Special Burrito is unrivaled in jaw twisting girth. Don’t be put off by the $23 price tag; you’ll need the greater majority of a frat house to take one down in a single sitting. Read more
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KNovember 16, 2014
  • Keith M.
    Keith MarranNovember 12, 2014
    If you like local Mexican restaurants, you can't miss this place. The ambience is unforgettable.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out El Tepeyac as seen on Best Bars in America , Man vs Food Read more
  • Preston M.
    Everything on the menu looked good. There's a dine-in Inside portion and a to-go patio option.
  • Michelle A.
    We hay the giant burrito and it was so good! At least 4 big guys can share this burrito.
  • Shianling W.
    Shianling W.August 9, 2014
    The hollenbeck
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    The Hollenbeck [burrito] is just as delicious, and a large meal for one. Read more
  • max w.
    max wortmanJuly 7, 2014
    dank shit sick environment
  • Robair P.
    Robair PrietoJuly 6, 2014
    This place is so delicious.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie WMay 31, 2014
    Man vs Food Challenge. Best beans & rice!
  • Marc B.
    Marc B.May 27, 2014
    The gigantic Manuel Special
  • Edward M.
    Edward MarMarch 29, 2014
    Rest in peace Manuel! Best burritos period.
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeeJanuary 4, 2014
    Best Mexican food in LA hands down.
  • Erik S.
    Erik 🎥January 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Man vs Food !
  • Jansen G.
    Jansen GranflorDecember 13, 2013
    Try the Manny's Special Burrito - Good for 4-6 people!
  • HereComsTrouble W.
    HereComsTrouble WDecember 4, 2013
    Service is terrible take out since Manuel died.
  • Hector D.
    Hector DNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Every time I come back the service gets worse and'll be a nightmare one of these days
  • Kt S.
    Kt Squyres-HaberleinOctober 13, 2013
    My chili Verde burrito was the size of a small baby , delicious great service small place so don't go during the peak hours
  • George O.
    George OlivosSeptember 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    They have a delicious guacamole.
  • Ruben G.
    Ruben GomezAugust 10, 2013
    Even when you are Full you will find yourself wanting more
  • Kelly L.
    Kelly LJune 5, 2013
    Manuel's special oki style burrito
  • Erica C.
    Erica CastanedaMay 28, 2013
    It was kay
  • Hondi C.
    Hondi CastanedaMay 28, 2013
    It's official, don't like it :(
  • Jose V.
    Jose VelazquezFebruary 18, 2013
    The Hollenbek is most definitely my favorite burrito in all of Los Angeles. Not only does it have an amazing taste but there are very large portion sizes
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FithianNovember 26, 2012
    Amazing!!!! Everything is spectacular.
  • El Random H.
    El Random HeroOctober 25, 2012
    This place is a hype
  • M M.
    M MOctober 15, 2012
    Spicy, real deal Mexican food. No fancy pants here.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MaddoxSeptember 19, 2012
    my first time coming here with the my baby. HMMM
  • Everest Self Storage Rosemead
    The tacos are great!
  • Lauren W.
    Lauren WalkoJune 30, 2012
    Absolutely the best Mexican food I've had in Los Angeles. The people there are so incredibly nice. Get the green chile and smother your carne asada burritos in it. You're welcome.
  • HereComsTrouble W.
    HereComsTrouble WMay 21, 2012
    Salsa is great..
  • Angelica S.
    Angelica SalazarMarch 13, 2012
    Manuel's original says it feeds 2-4.. its more like 6-7! Its HUGE!!!
  • HereComsTrouble W.
    HereComsTrouble WMarch 7, 2012
    Hollenbeck burrito BUT the ,Roosevelt SPECIAL...awwww cannot finish!, love u Manuel! Yeaayeaaa.....ELOS. R Double O..Double OSE..VE..VELT..ROOSEVELT!
  • CBS Local
    CBS LocalMarch 5, 2012
    Get a burrito or tostada and order up a side of creamy guacamole for dipping. It makes the dish. - CBS LA Read more
  • Danny M.
    Danny MedinaMarch 3, 2012
    Carne asada burrito is the best
  • AnotherMexicanFromTexas
    AnotherMexicanFromTexasFebruary 23, 2012
    Hands down...the BEST Mexican Food in Los Angeles!
  • Albert E.
    Albert EvangelistaFebruary 11, 2012
    Eat inside the restaurant before 1PM on most days if you want a shot of tequila with the owner, might not be a bad way to start any day! =)
  • Barbra D.
    Barbra De La TorreFebruary 5, 2012
    BIG BURRITO.... enough for 3-4 people
  • kyle
    kyleJanuary 29, 2012
    best mexican food in LA.
  • Raisa D.
    Raisa DonatoNovember 26, 2011
    #4 with red sauce + strawberry soda.. Nomz
  • Raeanne D.
    Raeanne DonatoNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    #4 with Ranchera sauce.
  • Erik S.
    Erik 🎥September 30, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Manual Special to Tha Neck!
  • Brenduuh C.
    Brenduuh CastilloSeptember 30, 2011
    For all of u ppl: The ranchera salsa IS green :P
  • Amity C.
    Amity ChanSeptember 16, 2011
    BIG BURRITO!! and Man vs Food was there!
  • Kenne W.
    Kenne WarrenAugust 28, 2011
    The Machaca is the best I've eaten in Southern California. One dinner can feed two people. Outstanding Guacamole also.
  • Paul C.
    Paul ChangAugust 19, 2011
    5 lb. Manuel Special (Chile Verde)
  • Jagermeister
    JagermeisterAugust 11, 2011
    What else can you say about this place that hasn\'t been said already. Great food
  • Brenda O.
    Brenda OronaJuly 31, 2011
    I don't know what the hype is all about. It's the worst mexican food I've ever had. The carne asada meat was so dry and had no flavor. People who say its good haven't really had real Mexican food!
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GutierrezJuly 10, 2011
    Went again recently and had the Educator Burrito good food fun place. Visit their website: they were featured on the Food Network Channel Read more
  • Oscar G.
    Oscar GutierrezJuly 2, 2011
    Went there and had the Manuel Special it a big meal you need four friends to eat that. Read more
  • Erik S.
    Erik 🎥March 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Okie De Machaca, with side Salad, Chips & a Drink
  • Tina S.
    Tina StandleeFebruary 10, 2011
    Faster than Mcdonnalds and 10 million times better. My okie de carne asada said on the menu to allow 15 mins to prep and it was out in like 2. :) very happy belly.
  • Tony S.
    Tony SalazarJanuary 19, 2011
    This place is still very good and very nostalgic just got a bit pricey for an order of taquitos it is $7.50 a la care.. ouch!
  • Jaclyn F.
    Jaclyn FordDecember 12, 2010
    The chips are great, the food comes in gigantic portions, and the staff is friendly and welcoming. Loved it!
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelDecember 6, 2010
    You’ve got to sample some of the best Mexican food in the country, including the guacamole and burritos. – Adam Richman, Man v. Food Read more
  • Erik S.
    Erik 🎥December 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Best!!!
  • Albert E.
    Albert EvangelistaNovember 22, 2010
    While in Boyle Heights in East LA, try El Tepeyac. This restaurant was featured in "Man Vs Food" - I wanna be Adam Richmond! ;-p
  • JR J.
    JR JNovember 17, 2010
    Not up for the Manuel Special Challenge? Try the "junior" version instead: Hollenbeck Chile Verde. Just as filling, not as intimidating.
  • Marc R.
    Marc RodriguezNovember 7, 2010
    Da bomb comida peeps!!!!
  • Rene L.
    Rene LopezOctober 18, 2010
    Manuel Special FTW!! Take on the challenge and put yourself on the wall
  • Freddy R.
    Freddy RiveraOctober 17, 2010
    Great LA gem! Try the "Manuel Special" its big enough for two or three...
  • Lily v.
    Lily vonnegutJuly 9, 2010
    Amazing food! Fantastic service!
  • Elliott
    ElliottJuly 8, 2010
    Carne asada Hollenbeck. There is NO substitute.
  • a A.
    a AApril 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Mexican food in the Universe.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BudisantosoFebruary 13, 2010
    Best chorizo burrtio! The wait line is a bit long but totally worth the wait. You're greeted by the owner Manuel with a hug and kiss.
  • Loren B.
    Loren BJanuary 15, 2010
    Taquitos are quite large. Vit the high cost is the mounds of fresh guacamole they give you. Order some chips also.
  • Ad K.
    Ad KungJanuary 7, 2010
    Manual Special. 5 pounds of awesome burrito. Also their limited times "C" nachos are awesome. I prefer the carnitas over their carne asada.
  • Lhanni K.
    Lhanni KaitesMarch 12, 2016
    There burritos are delicious
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