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Thursday, January 5, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Burritos

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El Farolito on Mission and 24th St. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • El Farolito on Mission and 24th St.
4. Taqueria El Farolito (Mission and 24th St. location)

Though perennially popular, over the years El Farolito has had its ups and downs. SFoodie took a decade-long break from the place after we'd eaten one too many gloopy super burritos there. But after the steak super burrito we ate at El Farolito last week, we have to say, the taqueria is definitely back in form: griddling the burritos so they're blistered and flaky. Keeping girth down to the size of a pro wrestler's wrist in order to keep the flavor of the meat at the fore. Mixing up a pico de gallo with enough of a kick to liven up the beans, and applying the sour cream and cheese with a light hand. Here's how good that burrito was: We pulled the remaining half of the burrito out of the fridge the next day, took a bite, and ate the rest of the thing cold.


3. La Taqueria

Best in town, some say. Not a true SF burrito, others gripe, since it doesn't puff out its skinny burritos with rice. For SFoodie, San Francisco's highest-Zagat-rated taqueria has a few weak points, such as the the grainy, whizzed-up salsa and the bland poached chicken. But nothing compares to La Taq's carnitas burrito, so meaty it makes the beans taste like they were cooked in pork stock. And when you drizzle on the restaurant's scouringly spiced red and green salsas? You'd have to snort a fat line of MSG to top those umami levels. This is a no-sour-cream kind of place -- the burritos don't need it.

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