There are so many great burrito spots in the San Francisco area that it is impossible to label them all under one umbrella. You have the classic burritos in the Mission, including the world famous La Taqueria and El Farolito. Also, you have new-style bulgogi and tater tot filled burritos, and everything in between.
In part one of this series, we are going to dive into the classic Mission-style burrito. This is a staple food of San Francisco, the “Rice and beans,” if you will.
NOTE: Make sure to bring cash because most of these places are cash only.
If you search, “Best best burrito in the world,” you will most likely stumble across La Taqueria. However, there is a neighbor a few blocks away serving up burritos at double the size with half the wait time. El Farolito offers up some of the best al pastor burritos in the city. While people will line up for the neighboring La Taqueria, you can get a juicy burrito that is just as good (If not better) at El Farolito.
Those who make the pilgrimage to La Taqueria usually have high expectations, as it is one of the most hyped up burritos on the Internet. At NearU, we think the hype is deserved. La Taqueria serves one of the most tightly-wrapped, juicy burritos in the Bay Area. With their mouth-watering al pastor and thicc guac, you really can’t go wrong. If you are all burrito’d out, their quesadillas are also a crowd pleaser. Pro tip: Order the burrito grilled.
This next stop is quite the hike, located in the outer Mission. But, the food at Taqueria Guadalajara is well worth the journey. Away from the hustle and bustle of Dolores Park is this small hole-in-the-wall burrito shop. Boasting one of the best salsa bars in the city, is it worth the trip for that alone. Make sure to bring your appetite because these burritos are the size of small child.
When the lines are too long at El Farolito & La Taqueria, you can always count on Taqueria Cancun. Unlike your love life, these burritos will leave you satisfied 10 out of 10 times. You can always grab a burrito to-go and enjoy it in Dolores Park, but we recommend you take a seat here and get a smothered burrito with the works.