La Taqueria (San Francisco, CA)
Score: 6.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
My next trip to the Bay Area, visiting my burrito pals Dan, Aaron and Cate. We settled on meeting on this impossible-to-miss hot spot smack in the middle of the Mission. They've been here a few times before, but it was my first. Many a person has posted a glowing review of this place. Can it live up to the hype? In my opinion, no.
Don't get me wrong, these could certainly not be called 'bad' burritos. But rather i found them quite dull in their flavor and quality. It's the minimum you'd expect from the Mission. I went with the pollo asado. These slabs don't include rice, so they're noticeably smaller than a typical mission burrito. I paid, sat down with the gang, and waited. My number was called within 10 minutes and i brought it back to the table. It was built well and was quite stable, and nice and hot. The chicken was grilled well and had decent flavor, but wasn't anything particularly special. Integration was good- each bite was pretty uniform throughout. But nothing really stood out or popped for me. It wasn't a lot more than the sum of it's parts (which are comparably minimal).
Meat choices are somewhat limited here, as are beverages. No jarritos (which might be a first for me in the Mission). They do have a smalls selection of fruity drinks, which are perfectly fine, but i missed the fizz. Chips are available for purchase. There is no salsa bar, but the spicy green salsa in the bottles had a nice kick and good flavor.
With their smaller size, you'd expect these slabs to cost less. Against the average nowadays, they may in fact be cheaper. But if so it's not by much. Mine was in the $6 range. Not a great value given the size and no extras whatsoever. In a literal case of 'less is more', they charge you a buck more if you don't want beans.
So overall, not a bad place to visit, but certainly nothing special. If you're in the Mission, there are so many better options.
posted 3/8/2010 8:04 PM, updated on 8/29/2010 7:57 AM