Chinos-8.jpgDon’t know if it’s our proximity to the Fifth of May, but folks are talking burritos in the unlikeliest of places today. I KNOW the Mission is where it’s at, but sometimes you need Mexican and you’re neither in the Mission nor are you planning on going there. It happens — deal.

For example, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, Tenderblog has taken on quite a task — they’re running down the Tenderloin’s burrito options (they call them “Tenderrito”s, which means “Tenderoni” has been in my head all day, which makes no sense because it’s not like they’re running down ‘loin-based Mac and Cheese dishes, but the mind is a mysterious thing), starting with a fourfer of Chunky’s, El Super Burrito, Los Compadres, and El Castillito. Day 2 of their quest brings a look at Cilantro, and today* it’s Taqueria El Sol that gets the Tenderblog treatment.

SFist, A site that long ago awarded the burritos of both Papalote (available in the Western Addition) and the aforementioned ‘loin-based El Castillito today points readers towards SoMa diner HRD‘s Spicy Kim Chee burrito (their “JoJo’s breakfast burrito” is also recommended). Sure, why not?

I asked Sarah B., of Richmond SF Blog fame, where she goes for Mexican in her hood. Her picks are Gordo (they have locations on Geary and Clement — there’s one in the Inner Sunset, too) and (ack, audio autoplay!) Chino’s on Balboa and 35th.

I, myself, am based in the Outer Sunset, and am therefore reliant on El Beach Burrito, which is, um, inconsistent. I’m far more likely to take a trip all the fuck the way up to Irving and 20th to The Taco Shop at Underdogs. Their offerings certainly defy traditional expectations, but it more than does the trick.

What do you guys do — when you non-Mission dwellers want a burrito, do you travel to the Mission, or do you have a local joint you hit up? Let’s hear it!

*The dates on Tenderblog’s posts are weird, but I swear all these articles are recent!

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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