La Taqueria Is Proof That San Francisco Has Better Burritos Than L.A. — Dining on a Dime

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– We are driving through
the Mission District, which is sort of east-central
San Francisco, California and we are going to one of the most well-regarded, one of the most famous taqueria/burrito/ quesadilla places in the entire city. It is called La Taqueria. Now, this requires perhaps
a little bit of explanation for the Mission-style burrito. There is a Mission-style burrito named for the Mission District,
which in turn is named for the Mission, the San
Francisco de Asís Mission. And from that came the
Mission-style burrito, which is known for being
this big, overstuffed burrito with rice, beans, meat
and various fillings. We are going to La Taqueria,
which is famous for, among other things, its burritos. But it doesn’t put rice in the burritos, because the owner, Miguel Jara… It’s just simply not to his taste. While we are on our way to La Taqueria, why don’t you take this
opportunity to hit Subscribe on your browser or mobile device, so that you can continue to get this fabulous food and
restaurant related content delivered to you constantly. (cheerful music) So tell me the story of La Taqueria. It’s been open for how long? – 44 years. – 44 years.
– This March is 44 years. – That’s a long time. – I know, and it flies, man,
(Lucas laughs) but it’s fun. When I go visit my friends in
Tijuana, one of them told me because they wanna go eat
Chinese food, and steaks, and stuff like that, and
because I was up here and there’s no tacos
here, I go over there… No, no, I just wanna
go eat tacos, you know? So one of them said, “Hey,
compadre, all the time you come “over here and you just
wanna go eat tacos, “why don’t you take a taco maker “so you can feed you out there?” This one was a bar and at that– – This was a bar? – This was a bar called Gordo’s. – Gordo’s? – Yeah, Mucho Gordo. The people used to pass by here, and the door was open,
they would come in and say, “Hey, what are you gonna do here?” “Oh, I’m gonna make a taco place, man. “I’m gonna sell carne
asada, carnitas, eh?” So the day that I opened, it got packed. My mom was here, making chili, that’s her recipe for the hot sauce. Two o’clock in the afternoon, we don’t have anything.
– No more food? – We had to close.
– Oh, wow! – Because everybody that
passed by here was waiting– – That’s amazing. (Miguel laughs) You have such a buzz about
the opening in the early 70s. – Without any publicity or nothing, just because people used to pass by here. – Tell me about the burrito,
because this neighborhood is famous for having burritos. – They are different, because
in Tijuana they had burritos, when I was over there. They put rice, and that was like half rice.
– Right, in the… – A quarter of beans, and they taste good but
when you do carne asada, it takes the flavor away from it. – Okay.
– So I decided not do… Costs me more money, because the rice is 20 cents a pound. – Right, you have to
put more meat in there. – Yeah. But that’s okay, because
the people loved it. – Yeah. I’m gonna try some of this,
one of your burritos, I think. – You’re not going back
to LA, buddy. (both laugh) (cheerful music) – Hi, how are you? – Good. – I’m gonna do a carne
asada super dorado burrito, and then can I also have a
quesadilla with carnitas? – [Server] Flour tortilla
or corn tortilla? – Flour.
– In here? – Yeah, for here. (cheerful music) This is carne asada. Carne asada… Asad, means, to grill so carne asada just means, grilled meat. It’s a little smoky, it tastes
like it’s been marinated. It tastes like it’s been
rubbed in salt, pepper, maybe something like a little bit sweet? They’re generous with
the meat in the burrito. And then the beans are
nice and pop in your mouth. It’s a little bit greasy, but it’s like that earthy, salty bean
flavor that you like so much. But I like the fact that they’re
sort of whole and intact. Very juicy and flavorful. We have guacamole, we have
the salsa, pico de gallo, and beans, it’s very simple. And then it’s wrapped
in this flour tortilla. And then it’s grilled. So the salsa is special, this
is Miguel’s mother’s recipe. And it tastes like tomatillos. It’s nice and spicy. Some spicy serrano peppers, maybe a little bit of
onion, little bit of garlic. I could eat this all day. It’s a beautiful burrito because it doesn’t try to do too much. Legend has it, I don’t know
if this is true, but that… Some very hungry firefighters
wanted a big burrito and so they like put two
small tortillas together to make a giant burrito,
and that they needed, all of the starch in the burrito to sort of have the energy
to do their hard labor. I forgot we have other food. This is a beautiful quesadilla
with carnitas, which is pork. So this is a beautiful mess
of pork meat, guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream,
extremely juicy, very tender. Sort of fall off the bone,
if there were a bone, but there’s not a bone. Falls off the bone, TBT. Cut to girl saying, “Falls off the bone.” – [High-pitched voice] Falls off the bone! – Thank you. That nice tartness of the sour cream and the creaminess of the avocado, a little bit of bitterness from the onion and the pico de gallo, but a little bit of sweetness from that tomato. I don’t know, I kind of liked
it, I like the burrito better, but the quesadilla’s nothing to sneeze at, especially if you like cheese. The meat, though… Carnitas are a little more greasy. So the carne asada, it’s
gonna be a little bit more of that almost burnt,
carbon-charcoal flavor that you get on grilled meat, whereas, the carnitas
usually have been like… Marinating, sitting in their
own fat for a long time, so it’s just that moist, drippy pork meat. And that’s what the carnitas… I mean it’s really, really delicious, but it’s different than the carne asada. I love it, this place is great. San Francisco is the
place to go for burritos. Sorry LA. (cheerful music) I really hope you enjoyed this episode of Dining on a Dime from La Taqueria in the Mission District in
San Francisco, California. If you’d like to watch
more, please click here. ♫ You make me feel ♫ like a natural Lucas. – [High-Pitched Voice] Lucas. (bass guitar music)

69 comments

  1. You guys! I don't actually think I've had a better burrito. Please visit if you're in SF. Check me out on IG (staletwizzlers) and The Twitter (lucaspeterson) if you feel like it and see you next week!! Go Bears!!! xxxxoooxoxoxoo

  2. Very Sonoran style. Reminds me of food here in SW Arizona (Not too far from Tijuana) except for grilling the burrito after it's wrapped.

  3. La taqueria is over priced, and not that great. There 5 dollar super taco is bomb, but not worth the price. Mexico never made burritos till it became popular in California. Los Angelas made them, but beans and rice always on the side. Now, on the flip side, San Francisco started to add the beans and rice inside the burrito, and was introduced to us by the one and only, El Farro, in S.F. Slowly but surely it started to become a California staple. I love Mexican food and it's history, especially California Mexican food. So, to be clear, if anyone should be talking about the introduction of burritos to cali……..you have to speak to the founder of El Farro.

  4. I'm from LA, lived in San Francisco, Castro district, for a couple years, and I won't argue. SF has better SF style burritos. That said, the quality and quantity of LA taquerias and other types of Mexican restaurants means that LA wins as far as Mexican food in general goes. LA probably has the biggest selection of Mexican food outside Mexico city. San Francisco has SF style burritos and some good taquerias. LA has basically anything you could want from Mexico. Mexicans from LA or that have lived in LA, please give examples of Mexican food that you craved but couldn't find in LA

  5. Honestly I visited sf and got a burrito here it was good but nothing special I think it’s cause there’s not many Mexican joints in sf that this is the most hyped but overall I think la has better Mexican food overall

  6. People fighting and comparing best burritos and tacos around California, but one thing we Californians can ALL agree on is, we have better Mexican food than Texas..

  7. Dining on a dime? A taco here is close to $7, and that burrito he had is like around $12. This place is good, but fuck is this overpriced. El Farolito a block down is my winner.

  8. People from SD mad nobody gives a shit about them lol sf or l.a not bullshit city like Diego lol fuck out of here

  9. Cool video but a little misleading because literally every other burrito spot in SF is filled with rice and beans and very little meat. I've tried every place in the mission. Sonora/AZ has the best burritos.

  10. I've lived all over and i gotta say SF does have the best burritos, best burrito spot in SF is ZONA ROSA, my dad used to work there and make burritos for Carlos Santana.

  11. This where all the hipsters and tourists go. Way better burrito spots in the city, we just dont want to tell you where.

  12. Born in NYC, raised in AZ, lived in N. County SD for the past 4 years. Between LA, SF, and SD, If we are talking taco shops(a term inclusive of burritos), It’s not even close. SD is the best. I went to this spot in SF last year. yes it’s very good, But SD has 5 of these every 2 blinks as you drive along, and for far less. I’ve heard there are far better burritos in SF than this place, so I’ll have to do more research. Props to Lucas. The other guy is straight buzzfeed cancer with his Photos and excessive observations/lectures of food to amazing chefs

  13. C'mon…u can find really great burritos in SF , LA or SD …u guys saying your city makes the "best" Is all subjective to your particular taste.

  14. we know how youtube works…your content is decent, but i'd never subscribe to a channel that asks me to, especially in the introduction

  15. As a Mexican I’m currently in SF. Tried the taqueria and it wasn’t good. It was alright but I was severely underwhelmed. My mom makes better tacos de carne asada.

  16. Love the mission style burritos in San Francisco, with the crema cheese guac etc but the best carne asada burritos I have tried so far are in LA. Burrito de asada con todo whixh means beans rice meat and cebolla y cilantro. (No mas).

  17. I used to go there all the time in the late 70's through mid 80's. Born and raised in SF. This video might be what they are now, but not back then. They look half the size. Mine always came with rice and beans – maybe I ordered it that way. The tortilla steamers were different. Like many other mission style burrito places in SF. The key is to water down the sour cream and guacamole, add ingredients, wrap in foil then put it back in the steamer and "pump it" (that's the way they used to steam them) so all the flavors blended together into the tortilla. It became very popular back then. Not my favorite though. Just convenient. SF does have better burritos than L.A. where I've been living for 30 years but I'll have to try the SD burritos since others recommend them. But a burritio need to be steamed or its not Mission Style.

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  19. How do I get the last 7 minutes of my life back…My dude you literally just had a burrito and quesadilla I'm pretty sure most people have had those before

  20. Fyi Burritos were originated in the State of Sonora,Mexico 🇲🇽 but of course it does'nt mean that California or other state don't have good Burritos.

  21. My mom grew up in San Diego for some part of her life and told me that San Diego has the best burritos and she has lived in san francisco for a little over 20 years.

  22. I ate at his store in San Jose before the city lost its mind and replaced him with a damn Carl's Jr. He makes the best tacos, burritos, and quesadillas I've ever eaten and heaven knows I've eaten quite a few! If you're in San Francisco you owe it to yourself to visit La Taqueria.

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