Having lived in Chicago, San Francisco, and LA, I feel like I've seen the best of the best when it comes to burritos. And I've got to say, the Chicago-style burrito still blows away the Mission-style burritos I find on the West Coast, in my humble opinion.
I don't even know if Chicago-style is the proper way to refer to it, all I know its not the style they serve here. So let's break it down. First of all, Chicago burritos are always heavily grilled. 2nd, refried beans are always used over black beans, as its the glue that holds it all together. Rice is NEVER used, and instead lettuce and great Chihuahua cheese takes its place. And the default salsa is green. They are all prepared on the grill together, the beans go on the burrito as a paste, the ingredients are thrown on top, and then wrapped when nice and crispy, so its one cohesive unit. Nothing makes me angrier than the Chipotle assembly line where the meat, beans, and tortilla never meet on the same grill.
The result is cohesive wrap of heaven, with the perfect balance of crispiness & chewiness, not runny or messy needing a fork like half of the burritos here. Defininitely not the healthiest, but quite certainly the tastiest.
If you're familiar with Chicago, I'm looking for an LA equivalent of Taco Burrito Palace #2 or similar.