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EL TONAYENSE TAQUERIA (7.75)

Posted in Mission by burritowizard on March 22, 2009

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3150 24th Street San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 550-9192

Measurements: 7.5” circumference, 7” length (smaller than average)

Regular Veggie Burrito $5.43 after tax

Day three: burrito #8.  Got this one for the drive back to Los Angeles.  Solid burrito, but I’m more impressed by the salsa dome.  The spicy red/ green sauce (see middle sauce in photo) is notable as well as the pico de gallo.

tonayense-salsa-dome

 

Value: slightly worse than others in the area.

WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.75

LA TAQUERIA (8.5)

Posted in Mission by burritowizard on March 22, 2009

la-taqueria-exterior

2889 Mission Street San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 285-7117

 

Measurements: 7.5” circumference, 8” length (smaller than average)

 

Regular burrito $3.80 after tax

 

la-taqueria-burrito

 

Burrito Wizard Does San Francisco.  Day 3, back to the Mission.   Simple no frills burrito: pinto beans, jack cheese, and pico de gallo; similar to Pancho Villa, but a little watery (from pico de gallo) and not quite the consistency.  No salsa bar, but they have a killer green hot sauce on the table.  They charge $.50 for sour cream or guacamole. 

 

la-taqueria-hot-sauce

 

Value: about average

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 8.5

 

TAQUERIA PANCHO VILLA (9)

Posted in Mission by burritowizard on March 20, 2009

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3071 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 864-8840

www.panchovillasf.com


Measurements: 8” circumference, 7.5” length (about average for S.F. regular burritos)


B: rice, beans, cheese and pico de gallo $5.37 after tax.


pancho-villa-salsa-plate


Supposedly embracing the revolutionary spirit of the great Mexican commander namesake, Pancho Villa gets my vote for the best burrito in the Mission. Possessing the character of a gallon of bleach, many feel that Pancho Villa is for sell-outs, but few can deny the quality of their food.  No love, no heart, no soul, but perfect pico de gallo. Most beautiful salsa bar ever.  If you’ve seen the film: Good Burger (1997) this place is the evil competition.  And, in this case, the bad guys win.


pancho-villa-salsa-bar


Value: about average


WIZARD’S SCORE: 9


EL FAROLITO (7.25)

Posted in Mission by burritowizard on March 19, 2009

farolito-sign

2950 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 641-0758

Measurements: 8” circumference, 8.5” length (longer than average)

Regular Vegetarian Burrito $4.86 after tax


It’s after 10pm on a Monday night in the Mission.  With my taxicab driver friend (who just got off work), and my Yellow Dog Taqueria Cancun devotee friend (would rather eat a yellow dog than any other burrtio than Cancun).  Most of the burrito shops are closed, so we go to El Farolito.  A great example of how you can walk into any burrito shop in S.F. and still get a better than average (nationally) burrito.  The pictures make it look better than it tastes but still a fine burrito with a sweet little salsa bar.  There are several El Farolito locations in the S.F. area.

farolito-salsa-bar

Value: Better than average


WIZARD’S SCORE: 7.25

TAQUERIA CANCUN (8)

Posted in Mission by burritowizard on March 19, 2009

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2288 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

(415) 252-9560

 

Regular Vegetarian Burrito $5.41 after tax

 

Measurements: 9” circumference, 7” length (standard size*)

 

*S.F. style tightly wound burritos are significantly denser than other standards.

 

I call this place the tourist trap of San Francisco taquerias, but that doesn’t mean that Cancun doesn’t make a better than decent burrito. Textbook tightly wound Mission style burrito with all the bells and whistles for $5 and change.  A buttery lardy taste draws some alarm, but their amazing spicy guacamole sauce (with whole avocados) helps to offset my worries.  Little too much rice and the flavor is a bit flat.  Enjoyed it, but with all the extraordinary options in the Mission I doubt I will return to Cancun anytime soon (actually I will due to the never ending complaints about this review, and the fact that every better than average burrito deserves a second tasting).

 

cancun-burrito

 

Value: About average

 

WIZARD’S SCORE: 8