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Sep 6, 2010 07:31 AM

Best burritos in South Bay?

I'm embarking on a South Bay mission-style burrito tour, and wondering if anyone has any suggestions.
I've found lots of good suggestions about San Francisco, but what about Redwood City/Mountain View/San Jose/Cupertino/etc?

I'm not looking for anything fancy or any crazy culinary adventures, just the most delicious burrito you've ever had.

Extra points for atmosphere and nice owners.

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  1. There is a website by Sushi Monster of all the taquerias in Redwood City. An excellent resource:

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    1. re: kungful

      And here's the interactive version from Sushi Monster/Taquistador's posting on this site with comments from his fellow 'hounds.

    2. The endless war in the south bay is whether the better burrito is to be found at La Costena or Taqueria La Bamba, both in mountain view, and two doors down from each other on Middlefield road. La Costena has no atmostphere at all (the taqueria is in the back of the store), and the burritos are inconsitent -- sometimes incredible, sometimes just OK. La Bamba has a tiny bit of ambiance and they don't speclalize in burritos, but people who love La Bamba REALLY love La Bamba. (I am a La Costena fan).

      (the link that chow is putting in at the bottom keeps insisting that La Bamba is in campbell. There is a La Bamba in Campbell, but it's not the same one)

      The El Grullense chain is all over the south bay and peninsula and they have great authentic mexican food, but they're not known for their burritos.

      I've heard really good things about Iguanas in downtown San Jose, although I've never been there. The SJSU students seem to be wild for it.

      Do you know

      La Costena
      2078 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

      La Bamba
      52 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

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      1. re: petrelline!
        I had no idea it existed and I cannot understate how this discovery is going to change my life.

      2. Problem with the south bay is there are almost too many burritos to count. Look at El Taquestador's list - that's one city, and out of date by now.

        Recently I tried the 5th Ave Chavez in Redwood City, and they do make a very fine burrito. I'm not in love with the El Gruense's, because of consistency. I've had sublime and average.

        As mentioned, the La Costena / La Bamba feud continues - I can't buy Costena any more because it takes 20 minutes to get in and out of there, which says nothing about the (high) quality of the burrito.

        There's also the taco truck kitty-corner that's pretty good, as well as tres hermanos in MV.

        Victoria is popular in downtown san jose, and there's a branch in RWC; I didn't think it that much better than the prevailing quality across RWC.

        The burrito within a walk of my house, El Rancho on Willow, is very consistent and tasty - as good as anywhere else around, maybe a little better, but nowhere to sit.

        I can anti-recommend the "cleaned up mexican" at Sanchez on Lytton.

        La Costena
        2078 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

        La Bamba
        52 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008

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        1. re: bbulkow

          The corner of Rengstorff and Old Middlefield in Mountain View is now a 3-way contest with Los Altos Taqueria. Personally it's my favorite of the 3 these days. I went back to Taqueria La Bamba this weekend and the lengua burrito seems to have slid quite a bit downhill - more grease and less flavor than before. Maybe they're distracted by having a second location downtown now? Still, any proper burrito tour involving Mountain View needs to include all 3 contenders here.


          La Bamba
          2058 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View, CA 94043

          Los Altos Taqueria
          2105 Old Middlefield Way Ste E, Mountain View, CA 94043

          1. re: mdg

            Great! I'll try all three and be the final qualified judge, once and for all.

        2. All the burritos at Chavez are great - freshly cooked and chopped, and the lengua melts in your mouth!

          chavez market
          Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale, CA

          1. Given the proximity of the top should be able to hit two at one time and do a quick comparo...or over a couple of weeks. See now that's California...way too many good taquerias.

            Personally since I don't live in that area when I do get down there I choose La Bamba. It hasn't failed yet on the carnitas front.

            La Bamba
            12345 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805