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Burrito Near Moscone Center?

I've been out of the area for a few years and need a recommendation for a good burrito near Moscone. I'm looking for an old school gut-bomb type burrito, not anything fancy or fusion. I remember El Faro is nearby but can't remember if it's any good? I also think there was a Gordo around there but I never cared for their burritos. This is for a friend who's not afraid to walk a bit -- so the Financial District or Embarcadero would do. Thanks in advance for any advice!

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

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  1. The food at that El Faro is pretty faithful to the original, which is as old-school as it gets.

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

    1. If you want better quality meats, Maya to Go or Mexico Au Parc at South Park.

      There's a Cancun at 6th and Market, but I've never been to that one.

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      Mexico Au Parc
      24 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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      1. re: Windy

        The Cancun at 6th/Market is good and close to the original at 19th/Mission. Cancun in general is closer to El Faro then Mexico Au Parc or Maya Next Door (take out). I liked Maya but they have issues with filling an order correctly but it's still good/worth a try. I'd call it Californicated but not bland. MAP is bland, even with salsa.

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        Mexico Au Parc
        24 S Park St, San Francisco, CA 94107

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

        1. re: ML8000

          Thanks everyone!

          Is Cancun the same as the one in Berkeley?

          How is the carne asada at El Faro?

          If I sent him on Muni/Bart, what would be the best recommendation for old school near 16th/Mission? Pancho Villa or El Toro? Or should I send him to Farolito at 24th/Mission? I remember that as being pretty good. (This is assuming he has time to do public transit.)

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          Pancho Villa
          365 S B St, San Mateo, CA 94401

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

          El Toro
          113 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

          1. re: HungryDonkey

            SF's Cancuns are not connected with the Berkeley Cancun, though Tlaloc is.

            I don't remember seeing meat grilling at El Faro. Carne asada is kind of a specialty item. El Faro's best item might be the chile verde.

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

            Tlaloc Sabor Mexicano
            525 Commercial St, San Francisco, CA 94111

            1. re: HungryDonkey

              It's not the same as Cancun in Berkeley. Maya Next Door on 2nd is probably closest to what Berkeley's Cancun does...Niman meat, etc.

              Taqueria Cancun in SF has 3 branches and use to be called La Parilla Suiza way, way back. I think the one on Market is good. Personally I'd tell him to check out Cancun at 6th, El Faro on 1st since it's close by Moscone.

              There's also a taco truck, El Tonayense Taco Truck at Folsom and Spear that's excellent. I'd have him go there before taking BART.

        2. Tropisueno in Yerba Buena is also a good option, and closer to Moscone than the others mentioned here.

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          Tropisueno
          75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

          1. Maya and Tropisueño are toward the upscale end, not the kind of places I'd expect to serve an "old school gut-bomb type burrito."

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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Yeah, that's what I thought re: Tropisueno. Everyone needs an old school Mission style gut- bomb burrito once it their life. I've forwarded the Cancun and El Faro recs. Thanks all.

              (I also recommended a meal at either Barbacco or Perbacco -- assuming he can eat again after the gut-bomb.)

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              Perbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

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

              Tropisueno
              75 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, CA 94103

              Barbacco
              230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

              1. re: HungryDonkey

                Barbacco's actually a good place if you're not super-hungry, they have a lot of light dishes.

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                Barbacco
                230 California St, San Francisco, CA 94111

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I had a delicious lunch there when I was home last December. It wasn't light to me -- but only because everything looked so great, I over-ordered.

                  Said tourist from Toronto just called and had picked up a rental car so I recommended he head from the airport to the Mission. He found parking right at 17th/Valencia in front of El Toro. He's in line now. I'll report back his reactions.

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                  El Toro
                  113 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448

                  1. re: HungryDonkey

                    The burrito was a huge hit! He absolutely loved it but having had nothing to compare it to, was a little weak in describing what he liked. He's been craving another since then and will head back to the Mission before he leaves.

                    Now I'm craving one too! Someone FedEx one out?

                    1. re: HungryDonkey

                      Where are you? There are reports of Mission-style burritos in NY and Boston.

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/586974

                      1. re: Robert Lauriston

                        Charlotte. I've found a decent burrito but nothing Mission-style. There are a few great carnitas places and I've uncovered some tremendous salsas so I'm not suffering too much. And I come back to the Bay Area 2 times a year...