The San Francisco Burrito

May 5th, 2008 · 11 Comments

San Francisco Burrito

I currently find myself very amused by this wikipedia page for the “San Francisco Burrito,” and such gems as:

Starting in the mid- to late-1990s, the Mission District faced increasing rents and property values and an influx of higher-income residents and visitors, particularly during the dot-com boom. During this time, some elements of the San Francisco burrito experience became politicized. One activist disdained the practice of charging extra for chips and salsa, for instance, as an anti-Mexican symptom of gentrification. Some taquerias also offer additional types of flour tortillas (for instance, whole wheat or spinach), but this same activist declared, ‘I will shoot my son and daughter if they ever order a green burrito.’

This long standing burrito tradition really makes me wish that the Vancouver Burrito wasn’t a fusion of the San Fran one and Lebanese elements. And the fact that ours is really bad.

Oh well.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 _ts of [eatingclub] vancouver // May 6, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I don’t think I’ve had a “Vancouver” burrito yet. Unless you mean Taco Del Mar (ech)… but that chain originates from the US, right?

    Coincidentally, we just posted an entry about people’s misconceptions about MEXICAN food… always thinking Tex-Mex or Mexican-American as Mexican. That is just so wrong.

    Fortunately, we were vindicated… and at least we’ve converted some to Mexican food. ;D

    Tacos… then


  • 2 darren // May 6, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Having been to San Francisco and sampled some of The Mission’s mexican cuisine, I think we could learn a thing or two here in Vancouver.

    Andale’s does a GREAT job, though…

  • 3 Jason // May 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I was referring more to red burrito, mexi burrito, burrito fresco, and best burrito. i actually think taco del mar can be decent if you hit it when things are fresh, which admittedly should not be a concern.

  • 4 gerald tritt // May 22, 2008 at 6:44 am

    The basic ingredients of the San Francisco burrito include the large flour tortilla, Spanish rice, beans (frijoles, usually with a choice of refried, pinto or black), a choice of a single main filling, and the customer’s choice of salsa, ranging from hot to mild. Most taquerias also offer a “Super” burrito which includes a choice of meat and all of the available non-meat burrito ingredients. This usually includes sliced fresh avocado or guacamole, cheese (queso), and sour cream (crema).

    For meat fillings, almost all San Francisco taquerias offer a choice of stewed or grilled chicken (pollo or pollo asado), grilled beef steak (carne asada

    Hmm, a burrito with only flour tortilla’s (check)
    only fresh salsas made in house (check)
    fresh made steak, chicken or fish (check)
    Fresh Made Guacomole (check)
    Spanish rice (check)
    Black Beans (check)

    Deved’s recipe for the burrito’s are directly from when he played football for the 49ers and used to eat the “mission” burrito’s almost everyday.

    As opposed to the taco’s which he used to eat from the taco trucks growing up in LA

    Hmm sounds like Taco Shack!

    Despite Jason’s Personal Preferences, its still a great burrito that keeps you going all day long

  • 5 Jason // May 23, 2008 at 3:52 am

    don’t forget owners that hurl out cry of “racist!” at the drop of a hat (see Daved [sic] Benefield’s comments about me when I didn’t like the service there). That and like most of your endeavors, it’s massively overpriced.

  • 6 gerald tritt // May 23, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Actually, he never called you a racist, but your revisionist history, won’t allow you to acknowledge that. Also I would definitely call 7 bucks for a loaded 1 pound burrito “over-priced”. Nuff said, I could say more but i preferred our banter vis a vis professional football.

  • 7 gerald tritt // May 23, 2008 at 6:27 am

    Actually, lastly, as for other “endeavors”-meaning vera’s, we are still the cheapest ounce for ounce in the game- so i guess everyone else is really really really massively over-priced.

  • 8 jason // May 24, 2008 at 6:05 am

    the one i had there definitely wasn’t loaded. i was still hungry afterwards, but then again, this was over a year ago and it was just once, so i’m willing to admit things may be different again. i doubt the intolerance has changed much though.

  • 9 gerald tritt // May 24, 2008 at 6:42 am

    Jason, you have stumped on the “intolerance” long enough, a mexican place owned by 2 jews, and an african american that employs a manager of irish descent, counter help of brazilian, chinese, japanese, canadian, and phillipino extraction can hardly be called “intolerent”. If you want a loaded burrito come into the taco shack and give one a try. Be objective, and let me know what you think of the food, I think you will enjoy it. You can even call me, i’ll have one with you, I’m a big enough man (both figuratively and literally, as pointed out by you, ha, sorry couldn’t help it) to do that.

    Further, re-read everything that has been written about my other “endeavors” on this site, read it objectively then tell me whether you still think its accurate and objective.

  • 10 jason // May 25, 2008 at 3:57 am

    calling someone a racist because he didn’t like your restaurant counts as intolerance towards ideas and suggestions in my book.

  • 11 gerald tritt // May 25, 2008 at 7:36 am

    show me that

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