We take our California burritos seriously in San Diego (making them one of the few things we can say that about). This carne asada and French fry-stuffed behemoth was invented here, and has been diligently soaking up our late-night booze ever since. Now that they’re so thoroughly intertwined with life in SD, the question must be asked: who does them best?
That's too big a question for any one person to answer, so we assembled a panel of the very BEST people for the job: native San Diegan surfers who work up the kind of appetite only a burrito can handle. Eight of them gave us their top-five picks, and we assigned points (five for a first place, four for a second, and so on…), arriving at this definitive list of the finest damn California burritos in San Diego, and therefore the world.
Honorable Mention: Santana's Mexican Food
This list of heavy hitters wouldn't be complete without a nod to the OG of California burritos, Santana's -- you know, back before most of them became Fresh MXNs and you still had your innocence (-ish). Though the California burrito's origins still remain unclear, many credit Don Arturo Santana with inventing this Cal-Mex staple during the late '80s. Add the fact that almost every burrito master mentioned Santana's in their picks, and our semi-fallen friend deserves recognition.