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Taqueria San Jose
Review by: Roadfood Team
Taqueria San Jose has what many consider to be the best burritos in San Francisco.
Chicago is famous for its pizza, Philadelphia for its cheesesteaks and Kansas City for its barbecue. San Francisco’s claim to Roadfood fame is the burrito, the best examples of which can be found in the city’s Mission district. Located half a block from the 24th Street BART station, Taqueria San Jose has been lauded year after year by various local publications for having the best burritos in the Mission and therefore the best in the city. It won’t take you long to figure out why.
Formica tables and plastic chairs crowd the unassuming storefront, decorated with the paintings of well-endowed senoritas and matadors, mariachi music or a soccer match on TV providing the soundtrack. But one comes not for the ambiance, but for the food. Place your order at the counter, pick up your basket of freshly fried tortilla chips, load your little plastic cups at the salsa bar (go for the outrageously fresh-tasting pico de gallo and/or guacamole), and munch away until your number is called to pick up your food.
What to eat at Taqueria San Jose
The burritos are, in a word, humongous. Two-fisted eating at its finest, a massive fresh flour tortilla stuffed with your choice of meat, rice, refried beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa and guacamole. If you’re not burrito-minded, you won’t go wrong with the fajitas, meat and peppers and onions heaped high, or the tacos. Think there’s no such thing as non-greasy chorizo sausage? Then you haven’t eaten a Taqueria San Jose chorizo taco, redolent of spices that are eased by sour cream and another freshly made tortilla and not a speck of grease in sight or on palate.
Taqueria San Jose has two other locations closer to the touristy sections of San Francisco and I’m told that the quality is the same, but when in doubt, go to the original. I can also say that the leftovers from a carnitas (pork) burrito make a pretty darn good breakfast.
Original post by Patricia Beninato
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