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Old 07-01-2014, 02:50 PM
 
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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.....
Exactly. That was basically what I was trying to get across in my posts as well. Whenever it comes to the discussion of who has the best burrito or best cheese-steak or best slice of pizza there's always some implication that "you just can't do it the same as they do in ____". When the truth is that while there might be a higher level of quality in certain places, but it's not impossible to make a good if not great burrito anywhere else. Once a place gets known for a certain dish or is known for inventing it, you have the famous places that get written up in travel guides and on food shows on the Travel network. But often while there's a cool atmosphere and feel in sometimes going to a famous food place, it's often a case of high expectations sometimes being met(or not met).

Also, in a lot of US metros there often hundreds (if not thousands) of different places serving burritos--unless you travel specifically to try burritos, it's hard to even get a decent sized cross-section. Where I live there's hundreds of taco wagons and taquerias across the area and I've eaten at maybe 30 of them. Which is why I might think poorly of burritos in Boston based on sole meal I had there, but since I don't live there and aren't going to go back to search out burritos I have no real idea about what could be the best burritos in Boston.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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^ Right, but overall, quantity & quality, Bay Area is tops. At least for me. You can get good burritos in many cities, obviously.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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^ Right, but overall, quantity & quality, Bay Area is tops. At least for me. You can get good burritos in many cities, obviously.
NorCal: rice should never be inside a burrito.

Everyone: the pinnacle of "burrito" is the southern Arizona chimichanga. Specifically, green chili inside, enchilada syle out, with guacamole and crema.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:11 PM
 
Location: LBC
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NorCal: rice should never be inside a burrito.
Simon que si.

This blathering about the "Mission Burrito" has got to stop. Even San Diego does it better.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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Simon que si.

This blathering about the "Mission Burrito" has got to stop. Even San Diego does it better.
Yes, San Diego, that city on the border, does food better than the Bay.
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Old 07-01-2014, 07:35 PM
 
Location: South Park, San Diego
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It is interesting the distinctly different preferred, even considered ingredients in burritos of the Bay Area and Southern California. I think we are more purists down here.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:07 PM
 
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Best burritto I ever had was at chipotle, and yes I have been to a million hole in the wall mexican joints.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Yes, San Diego, that city on the border, does food better than the Bay.
Said no one outside of SD County ever.
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Old 07-02-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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San Diego puts french fries in their burritos, ok.
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Old 07-02-2014, 10:22 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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My life is not long enough for slideshows. Slideshows shorten your life faster than cigarettes. Whatever happened to the good old list of text?

Anyway, I wish I could get a good Mission style burrito in New Mexico. We here have a different type of (awesome) cuisine, but no Mission burritos.
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