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Dec 13, 2006 08:00 PM

Urgent: Jessie St. Balazo closed?

Hi, SF folks. I'm from Boston, but I'm in town for the annual AGU conference - we've been widely reported as the worst tipping convention in town! Yay, us!

Our convention is at the Moscone Center - mostly in the West building these days. For years, I've been going to the Jessie St. El Balazo for their carnitas burritos at lunch, and it's actually one of my favorite parts of the trip. I tried to go Monday, only to discover that it's closed!

What are my good burrito options in the immediate vicinity of Moscone? Anything within just a few blocks? The more similar to El B's the better, as far as I'm concerned, so if that helps you to narrow down my options....?

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  1. Well, since you're already all the way over on Jessie near the Mint, you might as well just continue on through the alley to 6th Street, turn right and on the opposite side of the street, just two storefronts down from Tu Lan, is Taqueria Chile Verde. Around the corner from there on Market Street is Can-cun, so you have two great options right there. I prefer the al pastor pork at both spots.

    1. Thanks! Will give one of them a shot tomorrow.

      I found an online review just now that says that the 6th St Cancun is REALLY sketchy. Is that true? Is Chile Verde ... ummm... safer?

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      1. re: zebedee

        I think probably the sketchiness is a reference to the neighborhood, which is, well, sketchy. No difference there between the two. They arevery close together. I have found Chile Verde a little more comfortable inside, if only because there are fewer street people wandering in and standing over you as you eat and it is a little less cramped. Check out for reviews from people who are not writing for suburban newspaper readers.

      2. Excellent. You're a lifesaver! Sounds like Chile Verde is the destination. I'm not afraid of the 'loin at lunchtime.

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        1. re: zebedee

          Then you'll be fine--I am female and frequently walk there alone from 2nd and Mission, never had a problem.

        2. I just discovered Andale inside the food court of the new Westfield mall. They make a fine chile verde. I have gone twice and am really surprised that I really enjoy the food there. Their salsas can use a little salt sometimes, but it's worth a try if you are here for a few days.

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          1. re: Mari

            We've resorted to that food court the last 2 days, and I'm ashamed to admit that I've been really pleased with it. But Andale looked more... Mexican?... than I'm looking for. That is, it didn't look like Mission-style food. Maybe I'll give it a shot anyway - but for a different meal than my burrito hunt.

            1. re: zebedee

              Andale is a small local chain. Better then the big boys but still a bit of a formula.

          2. CanCun is what you're looking for. Personally, I dislike Chile Verde. But
            that's just me. Tu Lan is right there too ... You are absolutely safe in this
            neighborhood. Except if an earthquake hits. That would certainly add a bit
            to the conference, though ...

            Do not go to that food court.

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            1. re: Chuckles the Clone

              Really? I think Andale is one of my best finds in the past few months, especially on weekends when all the other Mexican joints (Maya to go and Mexico Au Park ) are closed. I just moved to the area and it suffers from decent, cheap Mexican. I don't want to walk out to 6th & Mission either and Andale fits the bill. So it's in a food court - oh well.

              1. re: Mari

                It's in a food court and it's a chain. And there's one at the airport. And it's not cheap
                by any means. I agree there's nothing there on weekends, but likewise in the Mission
                I wouldn't recommend getting a burger at McD's when Burger Joint is closed...

                This guy's looking for something great and local while he's in town for a couple
                of weekdays. Why send him to an expensive food-court chain when there's so much
                more chow-worthy stuff around?