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Old 06-30-2014, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Obviously you can get burritos here, yes. But I mean its not part of our identity the way it is for San Francisco residents. Angelenos don't brag to other cities about how amazing our burritos are.

Now tacos are another story. Our taco game is untouchable. We all brag about it, and rightly so.
Your wording confused me. I agree.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:11 AM
 
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If you can make good burritos you can usually make good tacos and vice versa. The key is just making the meat right whether it's carnitas, carne asada, or al pastor(or lengua or whatever else). I usually order tacos because you get a better sense of the flavor of the meat and it's easier to control any additional flavor needed with lime or hot sauce... Burritos are just the meat of tacos with a bunch of additional cheap ingredients like beans and rice or something else in a big tortilla.
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Old 06-30-2014, 11:53 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Los Angeles: Manuel's, for one and many other places.
Bay Area: La Bamba in Mountain View, for one and many other places in San Jose and The City.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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If you can make good burritos you can usually make good tacos and vice versa. The key is just making the meat right whether it's carnitas, carne asada, or al pastor(or lengua or whatever else). I usually order tacos because you get a better sense of the flavor of the meat and it's easier to control any additional flavor needed with lime or hot sauce... Burritos are just the meat of tacos with a bunch of additional cheap ingredients like beans and rice or something else in a big tortilla.
I disagree with you there - there is an art to burritos that includes even ingredient distribution, the blending of more ingredients (sorry, but good tacos do not have sour cream, guacamole, beans, etc., while burritos do), the quality of the flour tortilla, etc.

The Pacific Northwest might be the worst place in the country for burritos after the South (even the Northeast might have better burritos than the PNW, which is a pretty sad state of affairs). It's true that in Seattle or Portland many burritos are simply taco meat stuffed into a flour tortilla with some afterthought garnishes. I almost always order tacos in Seattle for that reason.

But a good, well-made burrito is much more complex than a taco and offers a different texture and flavor profile. The Bay Area is the epicenter of ridiculously good burritos - the standard is so high there that I find it hard to order tacos when I'm there.
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Old 06-30-2014, 12:45 PM
 
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I disagree with you there - there is an art to burritos that includes even ingredient distribution, the blending of more ingredients (sorry, but good tacos do not have sour cream, guacamole, beans, etc., while burritos do), the quality of the flour tortilla, etc.

The Pacific Northwest might be the worst place in the country for burritos after the South (even the Northeast might have better burritos than the PNW, which is a pretty sad state of affairs). It's true that in Seattle or Portland many burritos are simply taco meat stuffed into a flour tortilla with some afterthought garnishes. I almost always order tacos in Seattle for that reason.

But a good, well-made burrito is much more complex than a taco and offers a different texture and flavor profile. The Bay Area is the epicenter of ridiculously good burritos - the standard is so high there that I find it hard to order tacos when I'm there.
I grew up in Santa Cruz and used to live briefly in San Francisco and most of my family still lives in the Bay so I eaten Bay Area burritos plenty... They can be good, but I think some places get overhyped. I think I've had burritos in Los Angeles that were just as good as the best in the Bay. My favorite place in Santa Cruz has alwasys been a place called Tacos Morenos because their burritos are simply meat, whole pinto beans(not a soggy mess of refried beans), cabbage, and salsa and that's it. Once you put sour cream or guacamole in a burrito, it's kind of just a big mess... Rice can just be a waste of space.

Burritos in the NW can vary in quality, but there's a few good carts and taquerias in Portland(there's Mexican people opening places just about everywhere at this point, though most are straight from Mexico so they don't even really eat burritos). Though I doubt even the worst can compare in badness with the few time I got Mexican food in New Jersey and was served a salty plate of slop cooked by Dominicans...(Not true everywhere now since there's plenty of Mexicans and probably decent Mexican food in the Northeast by this point, though I never order it when I'm out there)

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Old 07-01-2014, 11:47 AM
 
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I grew up in Santa Cruz and used to live briefly in San Francisco and most of my family still lives in the Bay so I eaten Bay Area burritos plenty... They can be good, but I think some places get overhyped. I think I've had burritos in Los Angeles that were just as good as the best in the Bay. My favorite place in Santa Cruz has alwasys been a place called Tacos Morenos because their burritos are simply meat, whole pinto beans(not a soggy mess of refried beans), cabbage, and salsa and that's it. Once you put sour cream or guacamole in a burrito, it's kind of just a big mess... Rice can just be a waste of space.

Burritos in the NW can vary in quality, but there's a few good carts and taquerias in Portland(there's Mexican people opening places just about everywhere at this point, though most are straight from Mexico so they don't even really eat burritos). Though I doubt even the worst can compare in badness with the few time I got Mexican food in New Jersey and was served a salty plate of slop cooked by Dominicans...(Not true everywhere now since there's plenty of Mexicans and probably decent Mexican food in the Northeast by this point, though I never order it when I'm out there)
I guess we'll have to agree to disagree there - I think the difference in quality between Bay Area and PNW burritos is like the difference between Pizza Hut and a world-class pizzeria in New York. I do agree Portland is better than Seattle for burritos, but that't not really saying much!
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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I guess we'll have to agree to disagree there - I think the difference in quality between Bay Area and PNW burritos is like the difference between Pizza Hut and a world-class pizzeria in New York. I do agree Portland is better than Seattle for burritos, but that't not really saying much!
I never compared PNW burritos to Bay Area burritos in terms of quality(I did say that I think I've had burritos just as good in Los Angeles or other places in California). I just said that people act as if the famous burrito places in the Bay are somehow untouchable in terms of quality. Some are great, but all the same it's just a burrito. My favorite burritos are from places that don't just do the traditional "Mission-style" burrito.

New York pizza can be incredibly overrated as well, it's not as if you can't make good pizza somewhere else with the same ingredients and cooking experience. The best places for pizza in New York can be amazing, but an average slice of pizza at some random cheap place could taste like anywhere.
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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In George West, Texas, the average (there's only one place to get them) burrito is the size of your bicep, for about two bucks. Top that. With a bottle of imported Jarritos soda. A block down the street from the Asian Royal Inn Motel, also cheap and good. (I just looked on streetview, the place now appears to be closed, probably by order of the department of health.)

Best burrito I ever had in the interior was at Don Chilitos in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, you had to wait in line to get in the door, about the same price as a Big Mac. But that was a long time ago, and I can't say anything about their present status.

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Old 07-01-2014, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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In George West, Texas, the average (there's only one place to get them) burrito is the size of your bicep, for about two bucks. Top that.
Uh...a much tastier one for more money? The ones around the corner from me for the same price/size? Even bigger ones at those sit-down fast food joints for $2.50?
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I disagree with you there - there is an art to burritos that includes even ingredient distribution, the blending of more ingredients (sorry, but good tacos do not have sour cream, guacamole, beans, etc., while burritos do), the quality of the flour tortilla, etc.

The Pacific Northwest might be the worst place in the country for burritos after the South (even the Northeast might have better burritos than the PNW, which is a pretty sad state of affairs). It's true that in Seattle or Portland many burritos are simply taco meat stuffed into a flour tortilla with some afterthought garnishes. I almost always order tacos in Seattle for that reason.

But a good, well-made burrito is much more complex than a taco and offers a different texture and flavor profile. The Bay Area is the epicenter of ridiculously good burritos - the standard is so high there that I find it hard to order tacos when I'm there.
Fair enough, there's an art to a good burrito. Or any food, for that matter. But this thread is hilarious. I know that SF/CA prides itself on burrito history, but I've had my share of burritos in SF and elsewhere. The quality (and freshness) of the ingredients matters tremendously, but there are plenty of great ones (and bad ones) all across the country.

Believe it or not, there are places with the right ingredients for a burrito beyond Cali, and there are even latinos in other states (not a jab, but the provincialism displayed by Californians/New Yorkers on CD is frequently over the top). Some of the best burritos I've had were in TX, NM and CO. In fact, the best burrito I've ever had was at a food cart in a random mountain town. Maybe it just "feels right" in SF or Oakland to stand on a corner and eat a burrito, but it's laughable to say or believe that it can't be duplicated elsewhere, despite their lack of pedigree. The ingredients, the process, etc. are fairly easily replicable and transportable, unlike some other products.....
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