For more than 4 generations, Manuel Rojas has welcomed people from San Diego to Sydney to dine at his Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.
The Hollenbeck Burrito has been copied by many but none have come close to the original. To most, the wait in line has become a cultural experience with people from all walks of life, sharing their stories of visiting themselves as children and continuing the tradition by bringing their own children. The Rojas Family is looking forward to serving you at our original location and new location in the City of Industry for many more years to come.
A bit of history about Manuel’s Original El Tepeyac Café. Founded in 1942 by the Rojas family; originally called El Tupinamba Café, located in downtown LA; which then moved to Lincoln Heights, there known as La Villa Café. In 1952 the family made its final move to Boyle Heights, where it would be known as El Tepeyac Café, now the home of the ever famous “Manuel Special” – - the FIVE POUND BURRITO! After the untimely death of his father, Salvador Rojas, Manuel stepped in and along with his mother Rebecca, took the restaurant and built it to become the neighborhood restaurant of Los Angeles and for all who come. Manuel has been involved over the years with several organizations such as the local Optimist Club, Rotary Club and has generously contributed to most local community and school events.
2009 was a banner year for Manuel and El Tepeyac. Being featured nationally on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food” has brought in new customers from all over the country to try and eat the Manuel’s Special Burrito – many have tried but few have succeeded. Currently, the honor of being named #23 of the Travel Channel’s 101 Best Chowdowns in America has brought renewed national attention. In the Spring of 2009, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaragoza who was raised in the Boyle Heights area, made El Tepeyac Café the last stop on his campaign tour for reelection which was televised locally as the last impression to the voters before his reelection.
Thank you for always helping the Garfield Alumni Foundation with donations.
All our thanks to El Tepeyac for donating Gift Certificates, advertising in our 5th Quarter Program Booklet, and raising the incredible amount of $7,000 for the Jaime Escalante Fundraiser in 2010!
Manuel's El Tepeyac #1 - Boyle Heights
812 N. Evergreen Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Manuel's Original El Tepeyac #2
13131 Crossroads Parkway South
City of Industry, CA 91746