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Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe

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Address: 812 N Evergreen Ave; Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 268-1960
Hours: Mon-Tue 6 am - 8 pm
1 review about Manuel's Original El Tepeyac Cafe

Review: El Tepeyac Cafe (Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)

  • May 25, 2011
Rating:
+4

Adam Richman, host of Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food, is a likable enough guy and though he lead me astray once, I had it on good authority from my sister that the Manuel Special from El Tepeyac Cafe in Boyle Heights was actually worthy of its hype and fame. After talking about it for nearly a year, my sister, Steffie and I trekked it over to Boyle Heights where there was already a line outside waiting for a table in the cozy cafe. We waited for about 15 minutes before we were seated inside.

El Tepeyac Cafe

 

El Tepeyac Cafe Menu


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.

 

 


Chips, salsa, 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's Special
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.

 


Half-way through the Manuel Special
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
(323) 268-1960
Los Angeles, CA 90033

 
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June 02, 2011
Ahhh I went here with two of my frat brothers (one of whom grew up in Boyle Heights) after a road trip from El Paso, TX. The Manuel was AMAZING, and one of the waitresses was absolutely hilarious. Totally worth venturing into East Los Angeles for El Tepeyac. Thanks for the review!
 
May 27, 2011
yyyuuuummmmm................
 
May 25, 2011
Jebus! That thing is HUGE. You should totally have your burrito carving pic in the review for scale! :P  And speaking of giant foods, you might appreciate my review of the Vermonster...  I hope you go on more Man vs Food adventures and document them! :D
May 27, 2011
had a sushiritto?
May 27, 2011
Not yet. It just looks like a lot of carbs! ;)  Have you?
 
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