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52X Mar 10, 2010 10:55 AM

i just read a terrific article in the times about breakfast burritos in austin, tx: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/dining/10united.html?pagewanted=1.

i also just read a very general summary of breakfast burritos in america on wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burrito#....

i am now craving breakfast burritos. unfortunately i wasn't able to bring up any threads that focused mainly on breakfast burritos. and my knowledge of breakfast burritos is very limited. so i was wondering if anybody can direct me to some of SF's great/best breakfast burrito joints? :


i should also point out that i'm less interested in gourmet/high-end versions, but rather the types prepared at more humble/less-fancy/considerably-inexpensive establishments.

i live in sf, so i would prefer sf. but other bay area recs are welcome also.

thanks so much! :D

  1. josquared Apr 26, 2011 02:39 PM

    Has anyone tried the so-called "Texas Tacos" at Le Truc near the post office on Brannan?

    Granted, they have potatoes, which seems to be the bane of some folks here (I don't mind them myself), but I admit I was intrigued when I drove by there a couple times

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      Sharuf Apr 26, 2011 12:48 PM

      Let me say a few words from the underbelly of the breakfast scene -- McDee's. They have what they call a "sausage Burrito", however if you ask for a "breakfast burrito" or an "egg burrito" that's what you will get. It costs a buck, and with an order of hash browns and a senior-priced coffee you've got breakfast for under $3.00. Be sure to get some hot salsa for the burrito - it needs the extra kick.

      1. drewskiSF Apr 25, 2011 05:36 PM

        El Faro @ Folsom / 20th has a pretty good breakfast burrito w/ chorizo. it's huge, though. some places make the breakfast burritos smaller, but this one is a standard forearm sized Mission burrito.

        El Faro Restaurant
        2399 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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          chocolatetartguy Apr 25, 2011 12:54 PM

          I have always enjoyed the breakfast burrito at Gordo Taqueria near the old East Bay Transit Terminal in the City. I think they have a junior version. They have some sort of soupy but tasty bean sauce which makes the meal.

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            chocolatetartguy Apr 25, 2011 05:45 PM

            Oops, thanks to drewski, I realized that I meant El Faro near the terminal. Not over there very often in the morning any more.

            I used to get the one with everything but the k sink in it: sausage, bacon, ham, rice?, jalapenos. Bacon and jalapenos. Delicious!

            El Faro Restaurant
            82 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105

            1. re: chocolatetartguy
              drewskiSF Apr 25, 2011 08:44 PM

              Glad I could jog your memory!

              IMO, the El Faro on 1st St seems to be a different animal than the one on Folsom. At least for the breakfast burrito.

              I had a couple of these when I worked in the area and they did have the soupy bean sauce which you mentioned. I know you enjoyed it, but it was a turn-off for me making it difficult to eat without knife and fork.

              The El Faro on Kearny (been years. is it still there?) was more like the one on Folsom. I wonder if they all have the same owners.

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                chocolatetartguy Apr 26, 2011 12:27 PM

                I have never been to any of the other El Faros. I used to get the breakfast burrito at 1st St. on my way to the office many years ago. I occasionally attend conferences in the city and stop for one at least once each time. It is as good as I remember it.

                Never knew there was a branch on Kearny and I do ride the 30 Stockton from time to time.

                El Faro Restaurant
                82 1st St, San Francisco, CA 94105

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                  drewskiSF Apr 26, 2011 12:41 PM

                  It was Kearny & either Bush or Pine where a Burger King used to be. they pretty much kept the BK interior.

                  I think the 30 Stockton turns off Kearny before then so you wouldn't pass it on the bus route.

                  El Faro's Mexican Food
                  346 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

          2. Frosty Melon Jan 23, 2011 06:37 PM

            Pulling up this old thread to throw in a plug for the steak breakfast burrito at Arlequin in Hayes Valley. It's delicious: eggs, white cheddar, big chunks of avocado, just-spicy-enough pico de gallo and lots of juicy steak. I think it was $8. A little more upscale than a taqueria, but no potatoes, which I find out of place in a BB.

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            1. re: Frosty Melon
              genex Apr 24, 2011 09:50 PM

              Frosty I am so with you on the potatoes! Have you had the breakfast burrito at Velo Rouge? It is really good but a lil more gourmet too. I'll have to try Arlequin!

              Velo Rouge Cafe
              798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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              plainfood Mar 11, 2010 09:18 AM

              We like the breakfast burritos at El Castellito on Church near Market in SF (next door to "Our Lady of the Safeway"). They're dense with eggs and chorizo--no rice, beans or potatoes, and we like them spicy. This is a regular Atkins-style dinner for us on Wednesdays.

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                Frosty Melon Mar 11, 2010 12:51 PM

                I like the sound of this, thanks for the tip. I can't stand potatoes in a BB. And I love the chorizo at El Castillito.

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                vulber Mar 10, 2010 06:15 PM

                green chile kitchen

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                  stomsf Mar 10, 2010 03:28 PM

                  In my 'hood (said jokingly) I was initally excited after reading about the breakfast burritos at the Double Play (16th and Bryant) but though it lived up to the hype that it was HUGE, it didn't live up to my expectations in flavor.

                  Better IMHO was the breakfast burrito at Just for You (3rd and 22nd) which was really good.

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                    genex Apr 24, 2011 09:48 PM

                    I like the breakfast burrito at Just for You as well. I am putting together a list of places I do like though and so far my fave in SF is at Velo Rouge Cafe. My favorite in SoCal is Rooster Cafe in Costa Mesa.

                    Velo Rouge Cafe
                    798 Arguello Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

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                    DavidT Mar 10, 2010 01:51 PM

                    I still miss the breakfast burritos from the long departed Taco Bell Express on the corner of Kearny & Pine.

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                      chocolatetartguy Mar 10, 2010 01:34 PM

                      Did I skim the Times article too quickly, or was it primarily about breakfast tacos, not burritos?

                      I don't ever recall seeing those in these parts. What I do see from the mobile lunch wagons at the flea market are breakfast burritos made with egg, hash browns and some combination of chorizo, breakfast sausage, ham, bacon served with salsa.

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                      1. re: chocolatetartguy
                        Glencora Mar 10, 2010 01:42 PM

                        Yeah, it was about breakfast tacos. It sounded interesting.

                        1. re: chocolatetartguy
                          alanbarnes Mar 10, 2010 06:12 PM

                          Yep. If you see burritos on a menu in Austin do not walk, run away. Traditionally there's no such thing in that part of the world.

                          1. re: chocolatetartguy
                            52X Mar 15, 2010 02:00 PM

                            thanks for correcting that. yes, the article talks about breakfast tacos. i had a follow up conversation with a friend regarding breakfast burritos and my interest in both breakfast burritos/tacos must have somehow blurred at the moment. perhaps i was a bit over-eager or something to get the thread up there. anyway, silly mistake on my part. sorry for the confusion. but ultimately, i'm interested in both breakfast burritos and breakfast tacos.

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                            srr Mar 10, 2010 12:21 PM

                            I know Taqueria Cancun and El Gran Taco Loco both have egg/breakfast burritos on their menus.

                            1. Ruth Lafler Mar 10, 2010 11:58 AM

                              Well, you could take a shot at the controversial breakfast burrito at the El Ojo de Agua taco truck in Oakland (right next to the Fruitvale BART station for easy access from SF). I say controversial, because while I've never had trouble ordering one and it's amazingly delicious, other people report difficulties ordering and/or not receiving what they were expecting.


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                              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                                52X Mar 15, 2010 02:06 PM

                                thanks so much ruth for the links. i have to get myself over there soon; they sound really great! will report back!

                              2. wolfe Mar 10, 2010 11:20 AM

                                "i should also point out that i'm less interested in gourmet/high-end versions, but rather the types prepared at more humble/less-fancy/considerably-inexpensive establishments."

                                Please report back after checking the first 15 or 16 places on the list. Rankings would be appreciated.;-)

                                1. c oliver Mar 10, 2010 11:14 AM


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                                  1. re: c oliver
                                    10foot5 Mar 10, 2010 11:57 AM

                                    A list of best SF burritos (breakfast or otherwise) where the only entry for the Mission District is "Boogaloos" seems highly suspect to me.

                                    My favorite breakfast burrito in the east Bay is the El Ojo de Agua truck near the Fruitvale BART station.

                                    (I still don't know how to add a tag so I'll do it this way) http://www.chow.com/restaurants/11003...

                                    1. re: c oliver
                                      Melanie Wong Mar 10, 2010 12:07 PM

                                      Which of those listed are you recommending? Surely the reason the OP asked here is to raise a chowhound recommendation and not just a link to an outside list.


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                                        cornflower55 Mar 13, 2010 09:43 PM

                                        unfortunately i don't think you'll get any of the austin-style breakfast tacos anywhere in the bay area. (they are not burritos -- they are small soft tacos).

                                        they are really tasty and they're about $1 each. plus the people who make them do drop-offs at cafes (and keep them in a steamer) so you can buy them with your morning coffee.

                                        one of the problems of sf tacos and burritos is that they're way too big. these tacos are about 2 bites and much more appropriate for a breakfast. plus you can get 2-3 if you're really hungry and try different flavors.

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                                          Melanie Wong Mar 13, 2010 11:35 PM

                                          Can anyone update us on the breakfast tacos at Little Chihuahua?

                                          1. re: Melanie Wong
                                            52X Mar 15, 2010 02:03 PM

                                            thanks for the link melanie. looking forward to trying the place out this week! hopefully i'll have good news to report back

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