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12 Of The Most Epic Breakfast Burritos In San Diego

A classic dish to start your morning right.

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Post dawn patrol/heavy night on the town, few things can cure an A.M. craving like a breakfast burrito. Whether you prefer them filled with eggs, bacon, carne asada or machaca, a handheld "brekkie burro" is everything you could possibly want to kick start your day. In honor of this SoCal culinary staple, Eater rounded up 12 of the most bomb spots for breakfast burritos in San Diego.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Cotija Taco Shop

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The hash brown burrito and California Surfing burrito (carne asada, shrimp, fries, salsa fresco, guac, creamy chipotle) are two noteworthy mentions at this straightforward counter spot, which has been serving up authentic Mexican eats since 1974.

Ranchos Cocina

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Traditional eats like the Buenos Dias burrito (scrambled eggs, salsa fresca, cheese) share menu space with more veggie-friendly fare like shitake machaca, and vegan breakfast burrito with tofu scramble and homemade Tempeh sausage at this North Park gem.

Dos Brasas Mexican Food

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Eats from this unassuming Old Town taco shack certainly live up to the hype. Stuffed full of meats, cheese, and eggs their breakfast burritos are, wrapped up in homemade tortillas and served with a hot red sauce that packs the perfect amount of heat and flavor.

Colima's Mexican Food

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Between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. a regular breakfast burrito at this informal counter-serve spot will run you about $3.69. Or take your pick from nine other brekkie burros, including the grande, machaca, chorizo, hash brown, steak and egg, steak and bacon, sausage or the burrito a la Mexicana.

Don Bravos

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Served from 8 a.m. to noon, expect a sizeable breakfast burrito with all the usual fixings plus other breakfast fare like huevos rancheros, machaca con huevo and steak ranchero at this petite but popular spot in Bird Rock.

Sarita's Mexican Food

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This local Spring Valley go-to is open 24-hours, and has a great choice of breakfast burritos right around the $5 mark. Fillings include everything from ham and eggs, bacon, beans and salsa to carne asada and potatoes.

Lucha Libre

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While breakfast selections are slim (at what is arguably one of San Diego’s most vibrant taco shops) the El Jefe breakfast burrito, which comes with steak, eggs, cheese, Pico de Gallo, avocado slices, special chipotle sauce and fries, is an awesome choice.

Nico's Taco Shop

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Fast, friendly and delicious, some say the breakfast burritos at this classic OB spot are nothing short of magical. Humungous, super tasty and crazy cheap, grab a sausage breakfast burrito to order out and enjoy on the beach.

Juanitas Taco Shop

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Juanita’s is the quintessential hole in the wall taco shop located right off the 101 in Leucadia. Get here early for their breakfast burritos, which are loaded with cheese, eggs, and chorizo; also nod-worthy are their ‘oft Yelped and “freaking amazing” California burritos.

Taco Surf

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Folks swear by the breakfast burrito offerings at this surfboard heavy spot, steps from the PB boardwalk. Always huge and always delicious, you get the option to build-your-own burro by choosing four add-on ingredients, and the crispy hash browns are a must.

JV's Mexican Food

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Packed with beans, fries, bacon, and cheesy goodness you’d better come hungry for the breakfast burrito at this amenable spot on Morena Blvd. Another worthy contender to the morning menu line-up is the meat lovers breakfast quesadilla ($6.50), which is filled with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, beans and cheese.

Oscar's Mexican Seafood

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A longstanding local favorite, Oscar’s breakfast burritos come with a choice of meat (smoked fish, bacon, ham, steak, or chorizo) plus eggs, cheese, potatoes, and avocado for a super reasonable $3.99. While the lines can be long it’s always worth the wait, just don’t forget to bring cash.

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Cotija Taco Shop

The hash brown burrito and California Surfing burrito (carne asada, shrimp, fries, salsa fresco, guac, creamy chipotle) are two noteworthy mentions at this straightforward counter spot, which has been serving up authentic Mexican eats since 1974.

Ranchos Cocina

Traditional eats like the Buenos Dias burrito (scrambled eggs, salsa fresca, cheese) share menu space with more veggie-friendly fare like shitake machaca, and vegan breakfast burrito with tofu scramble and homemade Tempeh sausage at this North Park gem.

Dos Brasas Mexican Food

Eats from this unassuming Old Town taco shack certainly live up to the hype. Stuffed full of meats, cheese, and eggs their breakfast burritos are, wrapped up in homemade tortillas and served with a hot red sauce that packs the perfect amount of heat and flavor.

Colima's Mexican Food

Between 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. a regular breakfast burrito at this informal counter-serve spot will run you about $3.69. Or take your pick from nine other brekkie burros, including the grande, machaca, chorizo, hash brown, steak and egg, steak and bacon, sausage or the burrito a la Mexicana.

Don Bravos

Served from 8 a.m. to noon, expect a sizeable breakfast burrito with all the usual fixings plus other breakfast fare like huevos rancheros, machaca con huevo and steak ranchero at this petite but popular spot in Bird Rock.

Sarita's Mexican Food

This local Spring Valley go-to is open 24-hours, and has a great choice of breakfast burritos right around the $5 mark. Fillings include everything from ham and eggs, bacon, beans and salsa to carne asada and potatoes.

Lucha Libre

While breakfast selections are slim (at what is arguably one of San Diego’s most vibrant taco shops) the El Jefe breakfast burrito, which comes with steak, eggs, cheese, Pico de Gallo, avocado slices, special chipotle sauce and fries, is an awesome choice.

Nico's Taco Shop

Fast, friendly and delicious, some say the breakfast burritos at this classic OB spot are nothing short of magical. Humungous, super tasty and crazy cheap, grab a sausage breakfast burrito to order out and enjoy on the beach.

Juanitas Taco Shop

Juanita’s is the quintessential hole in the wall taco shop located right off the 101 in Leucadia. Get here early for their breakfast burritos, which are loaded with cheese, eggs, and chorizo; also nod-worthy are their ‘oft Yelped and “freaking amazing” California burritos.

Taco Surf

Folks swear by the breakfast burrito offerings at this surfboard heavy spot, steps from the PB boardwalk. Always huge and always delicious, you get the option to build-your-own burro by choosing four add-on ingredients, and the crispy hash browns are a must.

JV's Mexican Food

Packed with beans, fries, bacon, and cheesy goodness you’d better come hungry for the breakfast burrito at this amenable spot on Morena Blvd. Another worthy contender to the morning menu line-up is the meat lovers breakfast quesadilla ($6.50), which is filled with eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, beans and cheese.

Oscar's Mexican Seafood

A longstanding local favorite, Oscar’s breakfast burritos come with a choice of meat (smoked fish, bacon, ham, steak, or chorizo) plus eggs, cheese, potatoes, and avocado for a super reasonable $3.99. While the lines can be long it’s always worth the wait, just don’t forget to bring cash.

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