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My Hunt for a California Burrito in the Bay Area.

ahh the california burrito: a mess of carne asada, cheese, guac, and...french fries. yes, i said french fries. having been born and raised in the bay area, french fries in my burrito just seems flat out wrong and i really have no desire to try one of these SoCal creations. so why am i on the hunt for one, you ask? my new love interest is from southern california and recently moved to s.f. he misses many things from southern california: his parents, his dog, but mainly his california burrito. he talks about this damn burrito every time i see him. i'd love more than anything to find a place that makes these up here so i can gift him with one for his birthday (romantic-right?) which is in february. the clock is ticking and i need help. thanks!

 
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  1. Take him to Giordano Brothers, add guac. He won't miss the tortilla.

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    1. re: wolfe

      French fries suffocating in a sandwich is offensive and uncouth. Hated the Primante sand. as much as I wanted to love it.

    2. I think your best bet is to grab some good fries and take them to your favorite burrito joint and ask them to add them to the burrito. The places that I know that have fries do not have good burritos. Best of luck!

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      1. re: Cheesy Oysters

        I never found California Burritos in the bay area. But really, there is not much difference between the mission style burritos and the California Burrito you find in San Diego except the french fries. Maybe I am forgetting something about the California Burrito, but I just remember it being a big carne asada burrito with french fries in it.

        1. re: Cheesy Oysters

          that is a good idea and a funny one. I would go to either Taqueria Guadalajara on 24th at shotwell...for very good a super pastor burrito and they get points for having a hot salsa good.
          Or Taqueria San Francisco for their carnitas or pastor at
          24th at York
          Stop at the McDonalds first on Mission and 24th pick up some fries..

        2. Catering/Taco Trucks will often make a the burito you are looking for.

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          1. re: Alan408

            Yeah, there are some (usually the ones that are all-around catering trucks, rather than specifically taco trucks) that have fries, and I'm sure they'll be happy to throw them in a burrito for you. Oh, wait -- I know a place that has good Mexican food and good fries: Araujo's in Alameda, which recently started serving dinner again. I bet they'd put one together for you (the owner, Arturo, is very nice). Plus, they have the best refried beans I've ever eaten (the fact that I eat them at all says something, because I usually don't bother).

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            Araujo's
            1635 Park St, Alameda, CA

          2. My suggestion is just crass and utilitarian, but they have fries *and* burritos at Del Taco...and I bet you could "handshake" the cashier a little cash to make sure they came together just right...

            Other than that, you probably have to pave your own way at a place like Chili's (or any place that has both fries and mex). Not the real thing, but then again, this is not the real SoCal. It could be extra-romantic if you called ahead and arranged it with the staff! I'm sure many a NorCal line cook has unwittingly made himself a California burrito for his quick break meal.

            1. I heard of a place in Fremont/Milpitas(?) before that did the Carne Asada fries (think nachos, but w/ fries). I'm sure they could easily put fries into the burritos.

              Can't think of the name right now. If anyone else has heard of it, please chime in.

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              1. re: kc72

                You may be thinking of the Las Vegas Taqueria. I have had carne asada fries there. (And enjoyed them, but I'm not sure my cholesterol level could take a repeat.)

                1. re: Chipotle

                  Thanks.. where is LV Taqueria located? Did you enjoy the food there?

                  1. re: kc72

                    I did enjoy the food, yes (answering belatedly, sorry). The one I went to is on Milpitas Boulevard -- I've heard that they have another branch in Fremont.

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                    Taqueria Las Vegas
                    1417 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas, CA 95035