It’s 8 a.m. on a Tuesday and most people are already at work, getting their day started.
However, those who have the luxury of a late start to their day can head to Corner Cottage for the restaurant’s popular breakfast burritos.
The shop at 310 S. Victory Blvd. was recently the subject of an L.A. Taco story that declared the Cottage had “some of the best breakfast burritos the L.A. area has to offer.”
In the kitchen, which is visible from the counter, owner Joe Jeong and his employees quickly assemble what seems like a dozen breakfast burritos in less than 15 minutes.
One employee handles the register and jots down takeout orders, while the others quickly put each custom order together. Like a well-oiled machine, everyone in the kitchen does their part to get all of the orders served up.
Though there were no more than eight people waiting in line for their orders, Jeong was too busy to rest and make small talk.
If you have $10 in cash — the restaurant has a strict cash-only policy — you can create the breakfast burrito of your dreams.
Customers can choose from four different types of meats (bacon, sausage, ham or steak), eggs, potatoes, cheese and salsa, and decide how much they want of each ingredient in their burrito.
For Tujunga residents Robert and Kali Layman, their perfect combination is a sausage burrito with eggs, cheese and extra salsa, but easy on the potatoes.
“We go out of our way to come here,” said Robert Layman, who works in the entertainment industry in Burbank. He said he and his co-workers have been ordering breakfast burritos from Corner Cottage for the past 12 years, and he recently introduced the eatery to his wife, who immediately fell in love with it.
The couple agreed the best ingredient in their burritos was the salsa, which they said had great flavor and was just spicy enough for them.
“When you smell it, it doesn’t smell spicy, but it is, and it’s really good,” Kali Layman said. “I’m not huge on spicy stuff, but I won’t eat my breakfast burrito without it.”
The restaurant also turned North Hollywood resident Miguel Guerrero, a first-time customer, into a possible new lifelong fan. He was with his wife, Jessica Bullock, and son, Abe, who just turned 1 year old.
He said Corner Cottage always comes up when he and his friends discuss which restaurant makes the best breakfast burrito.
The burrito at Cilantro Mexican Grill in North Hollywood had been Guerrero’s go-to location for years. However, he said that might change.
Guerrero said he had a basic bacon breakfast burrito and was surprised by its great taste for being, what he classified, as a basic burrito.
“This probably worked its way up to a second or third spot in my books,” he said. “I’m not a big fan of the basic eggs, potatoes and meat in a burrito, but this changed that. I’m definitely coming back.”