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View Poll Results: My preference aligns with?
Chicago's Italian Beef 29 44.62%
San Francisco's Mission Burrito 36 55.38%
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:43 PM
 
Location: LBC
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No one will ever know with certainty where the burrito was invented, and author Caille Millner uses the classic wiggly answer all food historians (including myself) trots out: The burrito is a product of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands.
Four Big Facts The Daily Got Wrong In Its History of the Burrito | OC Weekly

If you know anything above the author, Gustavo Arrellano, the above is properly interpreted to read: “the Burrito was invented in the US.” But by Chicanos using traditional Mexican ingredients.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:46 PM
 
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I've spent tons of time all over mid and south / south eastern Mexico, as in half of every year since 2005 - for work, not pleasure. If burritos originated from there then they definitely didn't uphold its tradition / history.

And I've been all around northern Mexico but just on day trips / long weekends just because of its proximity to me. I think the burritos popularity there (I don't think it is that popular even there though, but I have at least seen them there) can be attributed to our side of the border instead of theirs.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:47 PM
 
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It's like fish tacos supposedly developed in Northern Baja but they might as well just be from San Diego as this point.
The locals from San Felipe unloading their tuna scraps on drunken gringos. Truly a team effort.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:49 PM
 
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I've spent tons of time all over mid and south / south eastern Mexico, as in half of every year since 2005 - for work, not pleasure. If burritos originated from there then they definitely didn't uphold its tradition / history.

And I've been all around northern Mexico on day trips / long weekends just because of its proximity to me. I think the burritos popularity there (I don't think it is that popular even there though, but I have at least seen them there) can be attributed to us instead of them.
Gird yourself. You are sure to alienate as many dogmatic Americans as Mexicans with this heresy.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:58 PM
 
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I've spent tons of time all over mid and south / south eastern Mexico, as in half of every year since 2005 - for work, not pleasure. If burritos originated from there then they definitely didn't uphold its tradition / history.

And I've been all around northern Mexico but just on day trips / long weekends just because of its proximity to me. I think the burritos popularity there (I don't think it is that popular even there though, but I have at least seen them there) can be attributed to our side of the border instead of theirs.
Yeah, I can't remember "tacos de haraina" ever being a popular option when I travelled south from Mexico City(or north). I think I saw "hamburguesas" at stands being sold more times than I ever saw a burrito...
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Correct - and I think actually that the Gyro is a better comparison to be honest - though the Gyro is more authentic than a burrito is, but the way in which they grew in both areas is similar.
The gyros most often found here -- those where long ribbons are cut from a pre-fab meat cylinder -- are about as authentic as mission burritos. At least the Italian Beef sandwich makes no claim to have its roots in Italy, despite its name.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:08 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I prefer the Burritos in the Mission and in South San Francisco over Redwood City.

My favorite taqueria's are:

El Farolito (not to be confused with El Faro which sucks BTW) with a few locations in San Francisco and one location in South San Francisco

Taqueria Guadalajara on the corner of Mission St. and Onondaga St. in San Francisco. The best nachos and their burritos are quite good.

Late night after clubbing was Taco Loco on Mission and 30th Sts.

El Grullense in Redwood City make great tacos but their burritos are not that good

Chipotle is a complete joke and worse than El Grullense for burritos. It's a chain and not on the level of traditional taqueria's.

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Baghdad by the Bay (San Francisco, California)
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We could also do a tri-tip sandwich (regional Californian, not specific to just SF, I know) vs. Italian Beef, if that would make a better comparison. I'd vote tri-tip.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Upper West Side, Manhattan, NYC
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The gyros most often found here -- those where long ribbons are cut from a pre-fab meat cylinder -- are about as authentic as mission burritos. At least the Italian Beef sandwich makes no claim to have its roots in Italy, despite its name.
Gyros are derived from Doner Kebab in Turkey, which has existed for a few hundred years there and is everywhere there. Schwarma is also pretty much derived from this. If you're in Greece, you can find gyros with tzatziki, tomato, onion, and potato. The American version is not that far off from what you'd find in a place like Athens, except other meats like chicken are used more in Greece while Lamb is more used here, though you can certainly get that in Greece too on your gyro.

Not all use tzatziki though and some put some other fillings in like eggplant that you don't find much in the US. The stuff you find in the US is the basic version of what you'd find in Greece, but using on a different default meat on average, but you could easily get the US version in Greece if you wanted to.

I don't know how you can get off by saying what you just said - you can actually find this in most areas of Greece.

Here's a link for explaining them in Thessaloniki:
Gyros in Thessaloniki - Tourist Guide Thessaloniki Night Life, History, Tavernas etc - Thessaloniki Info Guide | Tourist Guide Thessaloniki Night Life, History, Tavernas etc - Thessaloniki Info Guide

-- Mission Burrito, derived from something in Mexico, changed over time and "Americanized". Invented in San Francisco and popular in America
-- Gyro, derived from something in Greece/Turkey, changed over time and "Americanized" a little bit. Brought to America first by way of Chicago and fairly popular in some parts of America

Pretty much the same concept and IMO it's a better comparison than an Italian Beef is especially because gyros are more popular outside of Chicago than Italian Beef is

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Old 04-15-2014, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I voted Mission Burrito-Mexican food (even if burritos aren't originally) is definitely one of my top 3 favorite foods.

It would be interesting to compare the Mexican food between the two cities as I know both have very significant populations. I would probably say SF though.

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