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Thursday, January 5, 2012

San Francisco's Top 10 Burritos

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La Corneta's Glen Park location. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • La Corneta's Glen Park location.
2. La Corneta (Glen Park location)

When it comes to taquerias, lettuce is the Voldemort. The ingredient-that-shall-not-be-named, the harbinger of evil (OK, mediocrity). La Corneta is the only taqueria in San Francisco allowed to add lettuce to the burritos -- that's because the chicken and steak super burritos there are spectacular: The chicken is so smoky that you can taste the grill through the tortilla, the beans and rice thrum with flavor, and the cheese the taqueria uses has a vivid tang to it. So if there's a little extra crunch from the greens, it's just part of the spectacle.

Taqueria San Francisco's carnitas burrito: classic. - JONATHAN KAUFFMAN
  • Jonathan Kauffman
  • Taqueria San Francisco's carnitas burrito: classic.

1. Taqueria San Francisco

About as humble a taqueria as they get, TSF is a purist's haven: The guys there make a regular carnitas burrito so good you couldn't imagine eating it with gobs of guac or salsa. The balance of beans to meat to rice is perfect; there's no need to keep rotating the burrito, searching for the right angle of attack. A pleasant smell of toasted lard rises up when you bite through the tortilla (griddle-warmed, FYI), flanked by the sharper scents of green chiles and cilantro. And the jars of pico de gallo and throbbing salsa roja sitting on the table are there to turbo-charge every bite. Yes, there's chorizo and al pastor on TSF's menu, and SFoodie swears someday we'll order one with chicken or steak. But only when we get tired of the pork burritos, and that day may be decades in the future.

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