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Jul 13, 2010 11:40 AM

Coming to SD this weekend! Need Burrito Help!

Ok, so here is my dilemna... I am originally from the Bay Area and moved to AZ 4 years ago. I grew up on the San Francisco Mission Style Burrito and thought that every Burrito was made like that. Boy, was I wrong... In AZm you're lucky to get anything more than salsa and a little bit of guac in a stiff tortilla.The only place to find a burrito in similar style in AZ is at the big corpo chains like chipotle and qdoba....yuk.

Im coming to SD this weekend with my family to escape the heat and Im hoping I can find an awesome California Mission Style Burrito. We will be staying in PB. Any suggestions?

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  1. No Mission style burritos in San Diego. That's only an SF thing.

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      1. re: RB Hound

        Who clearly prefers the SF burrito to others. The SF Mission Burrito as a culinary movement? Really, I had no idea ;-)

        1. re: DiningDiva

          I should have said "by Californians". Nothing is stopping anybody from going in and embellishing the San Diego entry, including making some not-so-subtle swipes at the mission or California burritos (e.g. "the San Diego style highlights the tastes of the primary ingredients, not overly muddying them with beans, rice, potatoes, etc.").

          Yeah, I'm a stirrer. :)

    1. I think you might be SOL. Mission style seems to be pretty endemic to the Bay Area. We have a great So. Cal taco style and some of the best Mexican style seafood around. I make it up to the Bay every few weeks so I can hold out for El Faro, El Farolito or Zona Rosa in the City. Hopefully someone else here can make a suggestion other than Chipolte.

      1. I had a feeling... Any good recommendations on Mexican restaurants nearby?

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        1. re: amonsalve

          La Playa Taco Shop - particularly for breakfast. 3973 Mission Blvd.

          Taco Surf - good taco shop fare with a relaxed beach vibe. 4657 Mission Blvd.

        2. Los Panchos Taco Shop with sit down service has one of the best carne asada burritos that my DH still swears it's one of the best in the US.
          Kind of divey but good and cheap...they serve you chips and salsa and you can get a cold Pacifico too.
          It's across from Pacific Plaza shopping Center on Garnet avenue.

          1775 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA‎ - (858) 272-0567

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          1. re: Beach Chick

            Los Panchos on Garnet RIP. It has been re-branded and I have not tried it since this happened.

          2. Most places will customize a burrito, just order a Carne Asada and ask them to dump on the beans, rice, lettuce, crema, etc (i.e.ruin it). To my knowledge none of the indie taco joints make this type of burrito specifically. You might want to give Bahia Don Bravo a try, it's just a bit north in Bird Rock and they have a few bean/meat hybrid burritos.

            Bahia Don Bravo
            5504 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

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              1. re: Beach Chick

                There is a Bahia Don Bravo on Grand Ave. In Pacific Beach as well.

                Bahia Don Bravo
                909 Grand Ave Ste 7, San Diego, CA 92109

                1. re: Captain Jack

                  is it as good as the one in Bird Rock?

                  1. re: Beach Chick

                    I think the Bird Rock location is better, but I visit the Grand Ave. location more often since it is just three blocks from my home.