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El Metate

San Francisco, CA

Overall Score
based on 8 reviews
8.4   recommended

Editorial Reviews (2)

  • Dan's Score: 6 / 10   full review...

    El Metate is one of those places that everyone raves about, but I'm not sure why. I'll defer to Cate on the vegetarian side of things, but for carnivores there are seven places within two or three blocks that will give you more bang for your buck.

  • Cate's Score: 8 / 10   full review...

    I had heard great things about El Metate from a couple of sources. My curiosity was first aroused by Joanne Weir, who mentioned Metate as her favorite taqueria during an episode (#112) of her show on KQED, which garners some cred in my book. I put off making the journey down there, however, until my coworker and fellow burrito-lover informed me that Metate's vegetarian burrito was not to be missed.

User Reviews (6)

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Score: 9.5 / 10    Reviewed by: Fouse45

Sheer awesomeness. A great burrito and atmosphere. Moist and fresh. Solid salsa and bean selections. In the outskirts of the Mission . . . may be the best in SF . . . only time will tell. Carry out works well too. There is also a restaurant adjacent to the burrito shack where you can eat some other delicious Mexican food.

Viva shuritto.

posted by Fouse45 on 7/9/2009 4:35 PM #

Score: 10 / 10    Reviewed by: flashlightmonster

While I think Dan is, as a person, incredibly nice, I think it's time we all acknowledge how incredibly wrong he is about El Metate: THE BEST BURRITO PLACE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA!

The ingredients are always fresh, high quality, delicious and well-integrated (kind of like the #9 bus, circa 2009, on Potrero Street on a Wednesday afternoon). The burritos, especially the chile verde pork but also ALL OF THEM, taste a lot like I imagine heaven would taste, i.e. how can you describe taste so perfect that you dream about it sometimes at night? Where does it come from? The carrots in the rice? The dripping chile verde sauce? The salsa?

I am not sure the relevance of foil but yes, the burritos are wrapped in foil.

And that is just the food! The owner/guy who is usually working the counter is the friendliest dude in the neighborhood. The guys who roll the burritos and bring them out are nice and try to teach me Spanish and have some of the most inventive haircuts I have ever seen. The place is always clean. The Coke comes in a bottle or can. When it is sunny you can sit outside. The salsa is actually my favorite salsa yet and look, I've had salsa. It's fresh, not too spicy and available in mass quantities.

In conclusion, Dan I love you and miss seeing your face but seriously, try it again. You are just. so. wrong.

posted by flashlightmonster on 3/17/2009 3:09 PM #

Score: 8.5 / 10    Reviewed by: acurreri

One night we had a Burrito-Off party. Everyone brought veggie burritos from anonymous places around SF and we cut them up and tested with a rating system on index cards. Besides our VERY scientific methods, it turned out that more than a few of us had brought our sample from Metate. Regardless, Metate won, hands down. Their veggie burritos, and shrimp ones from my experience, are GREAT.
And they are friendly.

posted by acurreri on 1/7/2009 10:02 AM #

Score: 7 / 10    Reviewed by: cvoigt1

I go to El Metate for the carnitas burrito, which is excellent. The editor must have gone on a bad day because I have never had a problem with the meat quality. The burrito is wrapped tight, but that is a great thing when I pick one up on my way home and eat in the car. I wouldn't want to do that with some of the monsters. The bean/rice and sauce are all fresh. I don't like the super option, but do like guoc. I have never managed to only get the guoc and not the other stuff.

Also, somewhat surprisingly... When I'm in the mood for something lighter, I go for the fish burrito. For a while, they only served fish tacos and you had to ask special to get the burrito with that meat. I noticed recently that it has made it formally into the list of burrito meats. The fish is coated with this great spicey dry rub and then pan fried before putting it into the burrito. It is very good with black beans and fresh salsa.

posted by cvoigt1 on 11/9/2006 7:01 PM #

Score: 9 / 10    Reviewed by: dklein

El Metate's Veggie Burrito is the standard that I continue to judge other veggie burritos against. It melts in your mouth and is spicy enough. It includes roasted peppers, zucchini, carrots, and more. The burrito is large and wrapped to perfection. My stomach is grumbling as I am writing this review. The staff is also very friendly and the place is clean, despite the surrounding neighborhood (watched a drug deal go down as I was parking my car).

posted by dklein on 5/15/2006 11:24 AM #

Score: 9 / 10    Reviewed by: sfmission

El Metate on Bryant Street is THE best taqueria in San Francisco.

First off, the place is spotless. I hate eating at a place that I question if the employees have ever heard of a sponge.....no worries here.

The ingredients are fresh and the burritos are good size. The best part is that there are two meats that you don't typically see at other places. As for chicken, there is the Pollo Rojo(chicken in a red sauce). This is just the right amount of spice and "wets" your burrito down a little(like a chicken chile verde but red).

Then there is the Bistec a al Mexicana. Tender strips of lean beef mariniated in some sort of spices accompnaied by sauteed red and green peppers and onions.

The only drawback to the place is the chips. The tortillas they fry are too thick for me and the chips come out pretty solid. NOt the end of the world since the burritos are so good but it does detract a little.

posted by sfmission on 3/15/2006 2:42 PM #

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