Want to get a good burrito in SD but not sure what new place to try? Here’s a periodically-updated ranking of some places to prioritize and avoid! There are two lists:
- Best carne asada burritos (beef, guac pico)
- Best all other burritos
In addition to its ranking, each burrito has a rating (out of 10.0). To give you an idea of the quality compared to some chain Mexican restaurants, Rubio’s scored a 6.0 (too much rice!) and Chipotle a solid 7.8. Most burritos were about $6, while you can expect to pay more at Lucha Libre, in downtown La Jolla, etc.
In the future, we’ll perform a more in depth, multidimensional analysis of the top burritos.
Check out the Google Map with all rated locations! (deprecated as of Jan 29 2016)
Best carne asada burritos
#1 (8.8) The Taco Stand
#2 (8.7) El Zarape
Awesome guac. And solid mild (don’t hate) salsa. They also have a burrito with pineapple in it!
#3 (8.1) Lolita’s Taco Shop
Awesome guac. First result when Googling ”best burrito in San Diego.” Churros good. Horchata bad.
#4 (8.0) Rigoberto’s
Rigoberto’s has a special place in my heart. I had my first California burrito and cup of horchata here when I flew in around midnight for a grad program interview. It’s probably your best option if you’re looking to get a burrito after 10pm. I would also recommend the Campeon burrito, pictured above, is enormous and only $7. Warning: remember to ask without sour cream.
#5 (8.0) El Patron
Free grilled onions! And this place also has a sweet Taco Tuesday deal: an assortment of $1 tacos.
#6 (7.7) California Burritos
Carne asada everything - apparently “everything” means + cheese and sour cream. Mucha carne. Sour cream is never a good decision, but otherwise, it was really good.
#7 (7.7) Los Primos
Good beef flavor. Known for their Monster burritos (pictured). The carne asada monster was pretty bad, too much rice and not enough meat.
#8 (7.5) Los Dos Pedros
High quality traditional burrito for only $5.25. But really, you should go to Oscar’s next door and get some fish tacos and ceviche.
#9 (7.4) Carmen’s Mexican Food
Good tortilla. The meat:nonmeat ratio was off. Not enough meat.
#10 (7.4) Taco Surf PB
Don Carlos Taco Shop (7.4) - The hottest burrito I’ve touched. Mediocre salsa. Kind of expensive, and it’s a block away from The Taco Stand, so just go there.
Kotija Jr. Taco Shop (6.6) - Was an 8.5 before their meat was hard to chew and the tortilla’s structural integrity disappeared
Los Palmitos (6.6) - Slightly above average burrito. Large water cups!
Estrada’s (6.5) - “American or Mexican Guacamole” … “Mexican” guac tastes just like all the other guac I’ve had.
JV’s (6.0) - average taco shop
El Indio (5.9) - Just go to Lucha Libre down the street.
Belindas Cocina (5.5) - at UCSD “farmer’s market”
Vallarta’s (4.7) - Did not want to finish.
Cotixan (3.0) - I usually look forward to leftover burritos. I was terrified to eat this the next day.
Best other burritos
#1 (9.2/10.0) Lucha Libre California burrito.
The meat flavor is great and their cheese isn’t just filler! They’re well known for their delicious green cilantro sauce. I originally rated their Surf & Turf (7.2/10.0), which commits the sin of using rice as a filler. Free chips are always a plus. Though they’re not great.
#2. (9.0) Sushi Freak Sushi burrito
Cheap sushi that’s actually filling! Just $10 for a giant roll with salmon, crab, and tuna. Cucumbers in sesame oil on the side. Nom.
#3. (8.9) Los Panchos Breakfast burrito
I’m usually not a fan of breakfast burritos, but this was exceptional. Just a little egg with beef, cheese, and potatoes. And salsa verde.
While I assert that these ratings are objective and should certainly extend to everyone else’s tastes, I always like hearing what others think, so let me know if you think I completely misjudged one restaurant, and maybe I’ll re-evaluate. Also inform me of any places I might be missing out on, and I’ll try to schedule them in for an official rating.