El Cholo - The Original
Burrito Dorado

The Spanish cafe El Cholo restaurant was founded in 1923 as Sonoran Cafe by the owner Alejandro Borquez. Sonoran Cafe which means anything but Mexican was one of the earliest Mexican restaurants in Southern California. By 1927, El Cholo changed its name and relocated to its current address and declaring itself a home for “Spanish food exclusively.” Since then it has expanded outward to other locations throughout Southern California. However, the original flagship restaurant location remains at 1121 S. Western Avenue. Besides chiles, tortillas, meatball soup and flan, El Cholo is also known for its green corn tamales, which are available only during the fresh corn season, June through September. But few people know that the first restaurant-style burrito appeared on the menu at El Cholo Spanish Cafe in Los Angeles back in 1930. El Cholo's Burrito Dorado consists of Chile con Carna, beans, rice, Cheddar cheese, tomato sauce, sour cream and Guacamole. The easy recipe and accessible ingredients quickly took the dish from novelty to a staple.

1121 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90006, USA
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Opening times
Wed: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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