Rice or no rice? That is a doubt on National Burrito Day in SF …


Updated 8:31 am, Thursday, Apr 6, 2017

San Franciscans adore their Mission-style burritos. But what creates a good one? We went to La Taqueria to find out.


National Burrito Day is Thursday, and while many made-up food holidays are usually an forgive to eat something that’s not partial of a offset diet, a day instead sparked a debate.

Rather than figure out that restaurants offer a best burritos — that is a clarification of an unwinnable debate, that we exclude to attend in — instead, a SFGATE staff argued over either a burrito should embody rice or not.

This is not a debate. Right? Rice all a way.

Not so fast: we was quickly reminded of La Taqueria’s no-rice burrito policy. The burrito purists of a organisation argued that a well-made burrito shouldn’t be mucked adult with rice. 

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Strictly speaking, however, La Taqueria is an outlier in a rice-included Mission burrito scene. Classically, a Southern California and Sonoran burritos do not embody rice. (Let’s not go even serve and plead a “California burrito” that replaces a rice with french fries.)

Extolling a virtues of a La Taqueria burrito (“the beef is grilled and juicy, a guacamole done from usually avocados”), one author went so distant as to tell me that rice “kills a dainty piquancy with a starchy, carb-y blandness.”


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When asked about a rice vs. no rice debate, San Francisco Chronicle food censor Michael Bauer mentioned that Taqueria La Cumbre, prolonged credited with formulating a Mission burrito in a 1960s, serves a burrito with rice.

In fact, Bauer pronounced that when he did a turn of visiting taquerias, many of a burritos he remembers sampling had rice. Bauer, however, prefers his burritos sans-rice.

“As distant as I’m concerned, we can leave a rice out of a burrito. Rice dulls a season of a other ingredients, adds nonessential calories and creates a burrito messier to eat,” Bauer explained. “My go-to instance is a Carnitas during La Taqueria where a pinto beans and salsa buoy, rather than sink, a well-caramelized meat.”

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Wandering out to La Taqueria in a Mission, we grilled (no joke intended) congregation on their rice, no-rice preferences. Admittedly a tough sell, given a place we were at. Despite that, some business were still peaceful to sing a praises of rice in a burrito. 

“I consider it’s usually something different,” pronounced Gabriel Brown of including rice in his burrito. “I don’t know. It’s tough to explain. The burritos that I’ve had here in a Mission, that I’ve unequivocally appreciated, have had a rice in them.” 

There eventually won’t be a consensus, though as one author stated, it’s not a rice that’s a issue.

“A good burrito doesn’t need rice, though it doesn’t worry me if it’s there,” pronounced a staffer. “However, if there’s no avocado, that’s usually channel a line.”

Oh dear.

Want to import in on what creates a Mission burrito? Let us know in a comments. If you’re looking to applaud Thursday’s food holiday—with or but rice, that’s adult to you—click by a slideshow to see Yelp’s top-rated burritos of San Francisco.

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