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Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Hey, this weekend I just drove through Oakland, International Blvd on the way back from trying a Thai place ( Vientian Cafe ).

I kept ogling the taco trucks so hard along the way back to Jack London Square (headed to Beer Revolution)....that I must have been drooling even though I just stuffed myself at the Thai place.

Finally my wife jokingly shouted "OK OK OK , next time you get to pick the taco truck you want to go to, I am sorry I forced us to eat Thai food this time !! " Ha... these taco trucks remind me of San Diego ! I have heard Grulense and Gordo are good taco trucks, do you have experience with these two ?

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

I am often near mountain view, glad you brought this up. Definitely going to try it. Its on my checklist now.

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Your photo is making me hungry. The linked threads are extensive, and will take my stomach (and willing family) quite some time to work through. :-) A pleasant problem to have, and exactly what I was looking for.. Thanks !!!!

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Wow, not to mention Nopalito, even Don Pisto's looks really upscale compared to the hole in the wall taco shops in the mission. I must try this place !

I habitually gravitate toward dirty looking shops in the shady neighborhoods for great tacos, but I'm always open for surprises. Sounds like Don Pisto's are doing it right for the Al Pastor, so I will have to stop in.

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Went to La Altena this weekend.. and decided to go with the tacos to find the best meat first... Then I will graduate to burritos sometime.

I got the Al Pastor Tacos Con Todo..They were tasty, pretty good flavor, and had some crispy and soft bits.
My wife said the Cabeza was good, and the Carnitas taco was really good. Crispy and lots of flavor.
I especially liked the Pollo Asada, lots of flavor and tender.

Overall a good experience.
The Carne Asada was so so. It was good but not memorable.

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Sounds delicious, which one of the Gruellenese do you recommend? There are more than a few...

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

Thanks ! I will add to my (new) list and let you know...

Where can I find the best San Diego Style Al Pastor and Carne Asada burritos in San Francisco?

I had been away from the bay area for about 12 years, living in San Diego. During my time there, I had developed a strong preference for San Diego style ALL MEAT burritos dripping and popping with flavor.
Now, I have moved back, and after living in SF about a year I have almost given up my search to find them here, which has been kind of hopeless. I admit I haven't been looking very hard lately after my initial disappointment from hitting top recommendations.

To clarify, I am not looking for a 'Super Burrito' which I understand was perfected or maybe even invented here. That is nice, they are quite satisfying when I am looking for this style.

But what I am really looking for has no rice, and no beans, no cheese, and this is important: the key feature is the intense flavor of the meat itself.

What seems to be standard in SF is that many of the burrito and taco shops here have little buffet trays of meat sitting in hot water, the meat simmering in it's own juice, that ends up as kind of a stewed or carnitas type of consistency. Also... the popular item is the 'super burrito', adding heaps of other things. Reminds me of a Chipotle burrito....but not necessarily in a bad way, just different from what I am searching for.

In San Diego at my more favorite spots - the meat tastes more like BBQ - slow, low and dry heat. Or maybe even Grilled, or seared on a hot griddle before it goes on the chopping block. Its slightly crunchy, with bits of the end pieces, charred and also bits of fatty soft pieces as well. And ..... not much else is added to the burrito, mostly meat.

I am looking for Al Pastor cooked on a spit and sliced off , with the intense flavor of chile, lots of lime, fat, and spice. Added cilantro for a zesty kick. Dumped into a flour tortilla and optionally augmented with some creamy avocado salsa, grilled onions or other salsa.

Examples from San Diego: Tacos El Paisa (Imperial Ave) and Tacos El Gordo(Chula Vista), or El Cuervo (Mission Hills)<not cooked on a spit but still nice, if even maybe a little over spiced>

I am looking for Carne Asada. All meat with a bit of guacamole and maybe some salsa fresca to cut the smokey-limey-greasy flavor. (Example: Meat like they serve at any of the above but even something like Roberto's on Miramar Rd would be a better fit than what I have had so far found in San Francisco.)

I know it exists !!

I just don't know where to look anymore because the local blogs and my new friends seem to have totally different preference up here.

Anybody who has bridged the Tijuana to San Francisco Taco and Burrito Gap - can you please help ?
Links to previous threads I may have missed, and fresh opinions welcome!