Don’t call yourself a burrito lover until you’ve tried all of these!
It’s no secret that California is home to some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, and the mix of cultures and cuisines in the Bay Area provides for some awesome fusion options in addition to authentic taquerias. Some might say that burritos are a staple of California cuisine, which is lucky for us, because they are delicious whether you enjoy them at a picnic in the park or at a classy sit-down restaurant.
Here are 10 of the best burritos in town, at least for now… keep an eye on this list because it’s sure to grow!
1. Señor Sisig
Señor Sisig boasts “world-famous Filipino fusion flavor” with a simple menu including fries, nachos, tacos, and burritos. The Señor Sisig Burrito comes with adobo garlic rice, pinto beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, cilantro cream sauce, and your choice of chicken, pork, or tofu. You could also try the California burrito with french fries and guac, or the Tosilog burrito with Filipino sweet pork and a fried egg. Honestly, this place is worth more than one trip.
Location: 990 Valencia StFood truck locator
Papalote has really solid burrito options, including carne asada, pollo asado, and grilled veggie. They also offer all of those options as a “naked” burrito (without the tortilla) or as a super burrito (with sour cream, cheese, and guac). If you like it spicy, be sure to ask for Papalote’s homemade roasted tomato salsa.
Location: 1777 Fulton St and 3409 24th StFood truck locator
We’ve got another awesome fusion spot for you, and this one has kimchi! Tacorea is a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant offering unforgettable burritos including a bomb California burrito, a zesty kimchi burrito, and a loaded breakfast burrito. All burritos come with your choice of delicious meat options including Korean spicy pork, Bulgogi beef, carne asada, and “unicorn meat” (BBQ short ribs).
Locations: 809 Bush St and 620 Broadway
4. La Taqueria
This no-frills taqueria is an SF staple when it comes to delicious, straight-up Mexican food. Meat options include beef, pork, sausage, chicken, beef tongue, and beef head. Ask for extra salsa verde or make it a super burrito with all 3 cheeses, guacamole and sour cream.
Location: 2889 Mission St
This classic taqueria serves up a full Mexican food menu and Mission-style burritos. Their chile relleno burrito is an awesome vegetarian option, and they also have plenty of seafood options in addition to meat. All burritos can be upgraded to “super” with sour cream, guacamole, lettuce and tomato, or “mojado” with enchilada sauce and cheese. After seeing the enormous menu at Pancho Villa, you’ll definitely be coming back to try more.
Location: 3071 16th St
6. Chuy’s Fiestas
This authentic Mexican restaurant brings dozens of specialties including birria de res, barbecue tacos and more. You’ll love their breakfast burritos, which you can get extra crispy with molcajete salsa and pico de gallo.
Location: 2341 Folsom St
Here’s another classic Mexican spot with an expansive menu offering everything from authentic Mexican cuisine to a gnarly California burrito. Burrito options also include shrimp, beef, salmon, and more. You can also get a mouthwatering crispy chimichanga or a “chip burrito” with some extra crunchy texture.
Location: 3036 16th St
Hook Fish Co. isn’t a Mexican restaurant, but they make an unreal seafood burrito with black beans, rice, pico de gallo, avocado, pickled slaw, and spicy aioli. You can fill it with the fish of the day, poke or pibil. They also offer tacos with the same ingredient on housemade corn tortillas. Hook Fish Co. is unique for their business model, which works to empower local fishermen and bring ethically sourced seafood directly to consumers.
Locations: 4542 Irving St, San Francisco. Also found at 254 Shoreline Hwy in Mill Valley.
Here’s a no-nonsense taqueria with an impressive selection for meat lovers. You’ll find carne asada, pork (al pastor), chicken, chorizo, carnitas, and all cuts of beef including tongue, head and brains! Try their amazing classic burrito with rice, beans, onions, cilantro, and salsa. Or upgrade it to a super burrito with cheese, avocado, and sour cream.
Location: 2288 Mission St.
10. El Farolito
It’s not sushi. It’s not a burrito. It’s Sushirrito! Try the Geisha’s Kiss, featuring yellowfin tuna, tamago, piquillo peppers, and lotus chips. Or the Satori, which has Japanese hamachi, cucumbers, pickled red onions, and wasabi mayo.
Open location: 226 Kearny Street.
Temporarily closed locations: 59 New Montgomery St, 475 Sansome St, and 388 Market St #107.
[Featured Image: @senorsisig via Instagram]