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San Diego burrito question

I'm heading down to San Diego in a couple weeks and want to try a "typical" SD burrito. The ones we get up here in the Bay Area are usually these bloated, rice- and bean-filled, soggy steamed-tortilla disasters. I've been told the SD ones are usually skinnier, filled only with "real" ingredients (meat/cheese/salsa/guac) and grilled.

Any recommendations on the best place in SD (ideally near Pacific Beach/La Jolla) to find what I mentioned above? I tried searching the board, but previous threads on this topic are kind of all over the place.

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  1. here's a place to get your classic san diego burrito

    jv taco shop
    Neighborhood: Linda Vista
    1112 Morena Blvd
    (at Buenos Ave)
    San Diego, CA 92110
    (619) 276-0758

    i suggest the surf n turf, the california or the guacamole (with fries!) burritos
    http://www.jvsmexicanfood.com/menu.htm

    1. My recommendation would be JV's Mexican Food, which is a tad bit east of the Mission Bay - Sea World area.

      1112 Morena Blvd San Diego, CA 92110

      I'm not sure it's THE best, but it generally gets pretty good reviews, and I think it is one of the best in that part of San Diego.

      Edit: Too funny - ceejoi and I recommended the same place at the same time, though I think I was beaten by a few seconds. :)

      1. I don't know about this whole grilling thing...but in general a burrito made in the SD is generally how you described it.

        In PB my favorite after the bar I want some good dirty mexican spot used to be Aliberto's at Garnet & Everts or maybe Gresham. It is now something different and haven't tried it since but it is convenient and stays open late. There is also "Los Dos Pedros #2" on Tourquoise that is pretty good.

        For a "cleaner" version of the same in PB I love Taco Surf on Mission Blvd north of Garnet.
        In LJ I really like the Bahia Don Bravo on LJ Blvd. Go for the beer/tacos/burritos at sunset and it is amazing.

        Not in LJ/PB
        Juanitas in Leucadia/Encinitas
        El Cuervo in Mission Hills/Hillcrest (had an adobado and al pastor in the past few weeks that were insane)
        and off the beaten path
        Tierra Del Charro in Tierrasanta the wet carne is that of legend amongst those who live in the "island in the hills." I was introduced to it a few years ago and it is amazing.

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        1. re: jturtle

          I second Taco Surf. Do the "build your own" carne asada burrito and you can get it exactly the way you want it.

        2. http://www.yelp.com/biz/rq7OTws4QwiX6... -

          Los Dos Pedros

          This place is the BOMB! I love all their items, especially the breakfast burrito!!! The place is real small and and not nice looking, BUT INCREDIBLE MEX!!!

          If you are looking for a nice mex place, hit up Su Casa (LaJolla at Playa del Sur)... I live on Playa del Sur on WindnSea Beach and go to both places weekly!!!

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          1. re: jasonholland

            Getting tired of the "Mission Style Burrito" eh? OK, go to any Roberto's Taco Shop and get a Carne Asada Burrito. It's just beef and some cilantro and guac. It's great at any location. Also, for a good carnitas burrito try Porkyland in La Jolla or the Barrio Logan area of San Diego. El Asadero on El Cajon Blvd., Cotija's Taco shops (many locations). Las Quatro Milpas, also in Barrio Logan. But you'll be able to find a Roberto's about anywhere with a good price and get a sample of what San Diego Mexican fast food is like. This is one of the Roberto's sites... (but there are more.. just look for the obvious red and yellow striped buildings) http://www.robertos.us/

          2. when i'm on the prowl for a good burrito i always hit up super sergio's on convoy. the california burrito is the best i've found and it's always great. not too far from your area either.
            4125 Convoy, San Diego, CA