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El Farolito

2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    With a number of outlets in the Bay Area, this simple Mexican eatery is exactly what a taqueria should be - cheap and tasty, with huge portions. The grilled chicken torta with fresh avacado is insanely tasty, and a trip to the Mission is almost incomplete without a visit here.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    El Farolito was recently named one of the best Burritos in America by the one and only Nate Silver, the same guy who predicted Obama's 2012 win. Silver's prediction lives up to its billing here, as I ate the Super Burrito. For just $7.25 or so, you get a huge burrito, a ton of flavor, and the definite feeling that the Mission District is legit for Burritos. This is an authentic place and the line out the door proves it.

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    Carnitas super burrito. You can't go wrong. If you're up to it, try the quesadilla para dos. Huge. Amazing. Delicious.

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    Definitely one of the best taquerias in San Francisco. Everything here is tasty. The only downside is its popularity, relatively small space and unpleasant restrooms. Service is really friendly. Definitely a must-visit during non-peak times (it's busiest at 2 a.m.).

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    They have awesome mexican food here. The beauty of this place is that it is open late night. If you have a craving for Mexican food, you must take a trip here.

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    This is a quinessential San Francisco burrito,and a must try for everyone. However bring an serious hunger and do not plan on being in the mood for anything too active afterwards. Especially good at 2am after a rough night out at the bars.

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  • El Farolito

    Strawberry Aguas Frescas, Shrimp Cervice, Pura Carne burrito extra avocado = cheat code for life.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    El Farolito makes my favorite carne asada burrito in San Francisco. Hands down. It's enormous and not for the light-hearted, or anyone who wants to be somewhat healthy. Okay, so maybe I got the super quesadilla last time I was there. Same deal, though. Go for the carne asada. You'll be more than satisfied.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    This is where drunk hipsters with bad hair and full of cheap PBR Talls struggle with their skinny jeans to get a Mexi-carbo blast to soak up the cheap suds. Being drunk, they think this is the best place on earth, and at the time of 1am, it probably is for them.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    This is my favorite spot for 2 a.m. greasy fare after a night of partying. The portions are ridiculously generous, the prices are low, and the food is absolutely delicious. My San Diego upbringing means that I grew up eating carne asada and this is the best I've found in San Francisco. I always split the quesadilla para dos with three or four people.

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    Great when sober, awesome when inebriated! Order the Super Suiza Quesadilla or just about anything on the menu with carne asada, all of it is great! Lots of sauces to choose from but all of it goes well with whatever you decide to order. I think this is the original location but they've since expanded outside the city, expect long lines after hours.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    This is place is super yummy especially after a night of drinking. Get there early because after 2am the line is out the door and sometimes around the corner... so I was told. We ordered the Quesadilla Suiza with chicken and the Super Nachos with carne asada. Both were really, really Yummy! Who would have thought that rice in a quesadilla would be so good! I really wished we had a place down in SoCal that serves quesadilla Suiza =/ .The meats were super flavorful and the rest of the ingredients looked fresh. The salsa bar is super good too I loved the green salsa! I'm definitely coming back on my next NorCal trip!

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    El Farolito welcomed me to San Francisco with open taco shells. The food was delicious and really cheap, and the extra salsas set out were a soothing balm to my British food accustomed soul.

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  • El Farolito

    When it comes to good, cheap, and authentic Mexican Food I find that the hole-in-the-wall places are the best. El Farolito is no exception. Yes its super tiny. Yes it's a little dirty. But the burritos are great! This place reminds me of other small taco places down in San Diego (cheap and delicious meaty burritos and tacos). Although I went during the day, I imagine this place would be awesome after a night of drinking.

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  • El Farolito

    Late night mission classic! This is THE spot to go for late night greasy food after a night out at the bars in the mission.

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    El Farolito is my favorite Mission taqueria-- yes, it's grungy and I typically don't hang around and eat, but the food? Amazing. I only get one item here: the super quesadilla suiza with carnitas. It's like a giant burrito, but tastier and less healthy! Their agua frescas are great too, especially the strawberry.

    El Farolito grills their tortillas rather than steams them, as most of the other taquerias do. While this may seem like a small matter, it really does make all the difference.

    Tip- Grab a burrito or quesadilla to go from El Farolito, and then head to Dolores Park for an impromptu picnic and some people watching. And Tartine for dessert!

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  • El Farolito

    It's hard to walk into a taqueria in the Mission District and not be blown away, but if it's a delicious burrito you're looking for, then it simply does not get better than El Farolito. Me being a burrito enthusiast of sorts, I have yet to find a better burrito in San Francisco after living in the city for 2 years. In a city full of great food, look no further than El Farolito to get your burrito fix.

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  • El FarolitoPro 2014
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    My dear ol' dad has been bringing home burritos from this place every so often for the past few months, and I never knew where they came from until now. Turns out that I'd been here with some friends a while back. I remember having their carne asada quesadilla, and it was HUGE! I was more than happy to take home the leftovers and have them for lunch the next day. The burritos are excellent. My dad orders them sans the beans, ya know, just to keep it classy and not gassy. Kidding! With or without them, they're awesome. No need to add anything to this stuff while eating them because they're not dry. That alone deserves the extra star. I only ate half of the one I got today, so I'm thinking about attacking the other half right about.....now! El Farlito's Phe*nomnomnom*enal! =)

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  • El Farolito

    Whichever your favorite taqueria is in the Bay area, these guys are the Rolling Stones to your Beatles. The grimier, spicier, scarier joint, but sometimes, you need that. Try the chorizo taco and the carne asada burrito is on point.

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  • El Farolito

    What is it with these endless incredible Mexican joints in the Mission? No skip that, what's with these awesome Mexican places ON Mission?!

    I actually tried El Farolito first because the bf had come to the city once and saw that there was an enormous line coming out of this place. So of course he did what I usually do research it! Upon the discovery that it had a ridiculous amount of reviews he insisted we go here after a long drive to the city one weekend.

    We were lucky and actually didn't really have to wait in line and the line wasn't even out the door. The restaurant looks like a hole in the wall but it's a little roomier than it looks inside. It smells INCREDIBLE when you walk in because you're just overwhelmed with the flavors of marinated meats. MMMM. (Clearly there will not be a review on a vegetarian burrito for me here haha...)

    Two burrito orders and some Mexican cokes later (and these were cheap!), we were eagerly awaiting our burritos. They were smaller than what I think an American portion should be, but it was perfect for me. There was just the right amount of meat in my burrito to balance out the delicious flavors and the house salsa was pretty good too. A place with good house salsa is always a big plus in my book. I did try a taco here too, but I fail to remember what it was so maybe it wasn't that memorable.

    The meat was juicy, tender, well marinated, well cooked, good quality (i.e. no chewy strings or chunks) and they stuff the burritos with it. I like. You should too!

    FYI - Parking here sucks. Period. There's no way around it.

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4.5 out of 5
29 members' reviews
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    Lunch & Dinner daily
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    (415) 824-7877

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Aliases: El Farolito Taqueria