San Francisco, founded in 1776 by Spanish colonists who established the city in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, is the cultural, commercial, technological and financial nerve center of Northern California. A continually-evolving city, San Francisco combines cutting-edge industry, breathtaking views and a convergence of many different cultures. Highlights include the iconic pastel-colored Victorian homes, the trendsetting SoMa and Mid-Market neighborhoods, and cultural meccas like the California Academy of Sciences, which features the Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium; the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, one of the largest museums of Asian art and culture; the de Young Museum, which holds a collection of over 27,000 works from 1670 to today, and the Walt Disney Family Museum, which celebrates the life and artistic achievements of Walt Disney.
Taquería El Farolito: Expect Only Deliciousness
For world-class Mexican food, it doesn’t get much better than San Francisco. One of the city’s best burritos can be found at Taquería El Farolito in the Mission. The restaurant, which takes pride in being a hole in the wall, opened in 1982 and focuses only on great Mexican food. The atmosphere is friendly, noisy and lively. Don’t expect a gourmet presentation, it’s just an authentic burrito wrapped in foil. What stands out at El Farolito are the quality ingredients, which always come from a single source that ensures their freshness. The taqueria offers seven different meat options, including carne asada, lengua, and carnitas, and an endless list of toppings. The highlight is the super burrito, which includes generous servings of rice, beans, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and any meat you choose — the carne asada is a good bet.
Tacorea: East Meets West
Tacorea, features an affordable selection of Korean and Mexican specialties, which are often combined with amazing results. Located in Lower Nob Hill, this retro-styled restaurant features white walls, red leather benches, and rustic wood tables. Owned by David Lee, the restaurant has been a success from day one, attracting locals, tourists, and even celebrities. Lee believes Korean meat and Mexican burritos are a natural fit. This combo is best represented by the kimchi burrito, which consists of spicy pork, kimchi, daicon, Spanish rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, and salsa verde. Other favorites include the California Burrito with carne asada, crispy tater tots, shredded cheese, hot salsa, guacamole, crema, and pico de gallo, and El Super Burrito with your choice of meat, Spanish rice, beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo, hot salsa, guacamole, and crema.
Other top burrito spots in the City by the Bay include Taqueria Cancún in the Mission, with several super burrito combinations noted for their superior crema, fresh avocado, and well-toasted tortilla, as well as the Burrito Mojado, known as the Big One, with your choice of meat, rice, beans, onions, cilantro, salsa, topped with enchilada sauce, green salsa, melted cheese, sour cream and Mexican salsa. And Garaje, a spacious cash-only industrial bar in SoMa's South Park, which serves grilled burritos, known as Zapatos. Favorites include the Surfer Leo's Fish and Chip Zapato with crispy battered sustainable tilapia, fries, avocado, jack, and chipotle mayo, and the Cali Steak Zapato with skirt steak asada, jack, fries, avocado, and pico de gallo.