Burritos have been a major fixture in Mexican-American food for decades. They’re portable, hearty, and filled with relatively healthy ingredients. The Mission-style burrito, which consists of a large flour tortilla, rice, beans, meat and other ingredients including guacamole, sour cream, and cheese, is celebrating its 50th anniversary at Taqueria La Cumbre. In celebration, we are sharing the best places to eat this iconic food from San Francisco’s Mission District.
History: La Cumbre is credited with being the first to create the burrito, in 1967. Raul and Michaela Duran turned their meat market on Valencia Street and created the portable, hearty burrito for blue-collar workers to eat on the go. (While many believe that La Cumbre is the originator of the Mission Style Burrito, others believe it is in fact El Faro, who claims to have served their first burrito on September 26, 1961.)
Location: 515 Valencia Street
Order: Perhaps it’s because La Cumbre grills – instead of griddles – their chicken in a honey glaze, that their chicken burritos are their most popular.