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The 12 best Mission burritos, as chosen by people on fixies

Published On 08/20/2014 Published On 08/20/2014
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1. Taqueria Vallarta 3033 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

One of a handful of locations, this Mexican spot doles out some seriously tasty tacos and more, and if you want to sample their specialty, order the cochinita pibil, a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish of Mayan origin.

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2. El Faro 82 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Financial District)

El Faro claims to be one of the originators of the Mission burrito – designated as such for its large size and use of rice – in the 1960s. These days they're not quite at the top of the Mission burrito hierarchy, but still reliable when you need a cheap, heavy payload of rice, beans and protein.

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3. Papalote Mexican Grill 3409 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Nicer than the average hole-in-the-wall Mission taqueria but still super casual, Papalote serves up traditional tacos, quesadillas, and burritos in a sit-down counter-order space. Packed tight with rice, beans, pico de gallo and your choice of meat, the ginormous burritos are the definition of bang-for-your-buck and can easily be split between two people. Make sure you complement your order with plenty of chips served with the restaurant's signature roasted tomato salsa, which counts Bobby Flay as one of its many fans.

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4. La Taqueria 2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This no-frills taqueria is home to the best burrito in America. The Mission-style burrito has a healthy dose of meat, cheese, beans, homemade hot sauce, salsa, and no rice. The place has been around for 40 years and if the daily long lines are any indication, they're doing something right. Ask for your burrito "El Dorado-style" to get your rice-less bundle of joy thrown on the grill until the outside is golden brown and the inside has melted to perfection.

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5. El Metate 2406 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This taqueria has one of the best vegetable burritos in the city because they use actual veggies and not just beans and cheese.

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6. Little Chihuahua 292 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

With locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and sizes for every taste (from regular to "super baby"), this burrito joint can't be kept under wraps. Especially when filling options range from 100% grass fed carne asada, salmon, refried pinto beans, and chorizo, to vegetarian black beans.

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7. La Palma 2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

An old-school Mexican spot open since the 1950s with their own homemade tortillas.

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8. El Farolito 2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (The Mission)

Figuring out which taqueria to go to in the MIssion can be tough, but you can’t go wrong with El Farolito, one of the neighborhood's OG burrito havens, which happens to also be within perfect stumbling distance of numerous bars and the 24th Street BART. The super burrito is where it’s at, with a hefty dose of rice, beans, salsa, guac, sour cream, and whatever delicious meat you choose (carne asada is a good call).

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9. Taqueria Cancun 2288 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

One of the best purveyors of burritos in the Mission (which is saying something), Taqueria Cancun doles out superb burritos, tacos, and tortas. It's hard to choose between tacos and burritos, and while you definitely don't want to miss the carne asada or carnitas burrito, you don't want to pass on the al pastor super tacos either. They're packed with so much pork, pineapple, avocado, and other tasty goodness that they're basically mini burritos. The casual spot is jam-packed for both lunch and late-night eats (it's open until 1am on weekdays, 2am on weekends).

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10. Taqueria La Cumbre 515 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Mission Bay)

Taqueria La Cumbre in the Mission is one of the few places where you can get the same high-quality burrito at 2:30pm and 2:30am. The traditional counter-serve taqueria delivers on both the cheap and late-night eats front. The burritos come in multiple sizes -- super, deluxe, regular, and petite -- and styles -- fajita, all meat, prawn & steak, vegetarian falafel, and so much more. The options are endless and the portions are huge, so it's best to go when you're either starving or drunk.

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11. El Toro Taqueria 598 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

A Mission standby, El Toro Taqueria builds your burrito Chipotle-style, meaning you point and choose which ingredients you want and watch as the server combines them all in a foil-wrapped tortilla. The ingredients are extra fresh (we're not just saying that, they really do taste fresh) and the fast-casual space is super clean. The prices are cheap and the portions hefty, so this place is essentially the perfect taqueria.

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12. Pancho Villa Taqueria 3071 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (The Mission)

Open until midnight daily, Pancho Villa Taqueria is a great spot to grab a burrito, some tacos, or just stand and stare at the beautiful colors of their homemade aguas frescas.