The Mission burrito is one of the Bay Area’s greatest creations. I don’t get burritos too often as they have a high cost in terms of calories, but when I do I like a good one.
Some Places I like:
La Taqueria (San Francisco, Mission)
I don’t go here as often as before - the lines have gotten pretty crazy. Atypical Mission taqueria as they have an odd aversion to rice (no rice in burritos or anything else for that matter) and put beans in their tacos.The lack of rice at La Taqueria makes its burrito a bit lighter than the typical Mission burrito. Also juicier. When I’m eating a La Taqueria burrito it usually springs a leak at some point. I’m guessing the lack of rice to soak up meat juices contributes to this. You can get everything here dorado, or grilled. I like my burritos and tacos here grilled, adds a nice crunchy texture to the outside.
El Farolito (San Francisco, Mission, 24th St. branch)
Right outside the 24th street bart station. Huge burritos. They use whole avocado pieces rather than guacamole. High meat quality probably helped by the high turnover - there’s almost always a line here and they are open late. Also good quesadillas suiza.
La Corneta (San Francisco, Glen Park)
Assembly line place. I go here a lot because it’s near my bart stop. Can get baby size burritos which are about 3/4 of the size of a regular burrito. I like the shrimp and meat burritos here. They grill the shrimp to order. This place puts lettuce in their burritos, so if that is unacceptable to you let them know. They don’t grill their tortillas by default. The super shrimp and meat quesadillas are also good here. Warning - they make tacos with beans by default, and they can get a bit soggy.
La Palma Mexicatessen (San Francisco, Mission)
Excellent flour tortillas that are made in house. You can get fresh made masa, tortillas, huaraches, and other masa products here. I like their burrito with chicharonnes.
Not a fan:
Taqueria Cancun (San Francisco, Mission). I’ve only been here twice. Its between Bart stations. Ordered a vegetarian super burrito once and I think a carnitas super burrito the second time. In both cases seemed a bit soggy, homogenized and kind of blah. People seem to like this place and there was a line both times I went. Maybe I should try it again.
Papalote (San Francisco, Mission). Have only been here a few times as well. Something’s missing from their burritos, can’t quite put my finger on it. May be too healthy. I do like their orange salsa, which they also sell jarred and is also available at Whole Foods and other places.
El Castellito (San Francisco, Duboce Triangle)
Got a carnitas super burrito with pinto beans. Pretty good. Large tortilla grilled, good. They use squares of cheese instead of shredded on the tortillas. Light on beans, and especially on rice. Heavier on meat. Good salsa bar. Tomatillo avocado and spicy salsa roja were both good. They have free pickled jalapenos. In terms of balance seemed a little bit too bready from the tortilla though the tortilla itself was good.
Anyone have a favorite burrito spot to recommend?