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      my pet-pev is you need a bit more to go on for a thread like these, bay area is big (tagging SF, means only SF or beyond?). Simply naming a place is pretty pointless. Drive by replies with no useable info just make noise.

      My recommendations have since closed, la costania in mountain view on rengstroff. Was the guinness book holder for longest burrito. fresh meats and line style so you can pick all the parts as you move through the line. We have so many places in the bay area, maybe we will get some useful info in this thread.
      I need a new place, chavez markets seem to be ok, but can be hit or miss, several locations through out the bay area. Not all have a eatery so you need to verify online.
      https://www.chavezsuper.com/taqueria

    • colegeissinger

      Definitely agree as there is a lot of great Mexican food in the north bay (that's where I'm located) but I can also list some places in SF around the Mission Bay area as I've spent some time there.

      - Taqueria Santa Rosa (locals call it SRT) hands down one of the best I've had. | North Bay - Santa Rosa
      - Papito SF has some big burritos | SF - Mission Bay.

    • La Costeña is on Middlefield near Ellis. La Bamba is on Rengstorff and Middlefield (Safeway center). Neither is the same. Kitty corner to the old location is Los Altos Taqueria. That place is legit.

    • bstrong

      I went to San Jose State for college. Across the street from campus, there was a little Mexican food joint situated in an old victorian home appropriately named La Victoria. It was always packed with students. I distinctly remember the first time walking in, since it was very peculiar that every single person had their very own unmarked bottle of orange hot sauce. Not only that, but almost every person would dab this sauce on their burrito before taking each bite. Needless to say, I tried it and was also hooked.

      La Victoria is still around today! I believe the original location is still open but they've also opened a few more. Their sauce was so popular that people would steal it, so now they sell it! Luckily for me, the sauce is also vegan.

      Definitely give "LaVic" a try!

    • plates of Mexican Happiness from La Vic. Much nicer than Super Taqueria.

    • I went in there one day. I like the dumpy one San Jose better.

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      One of my first and most memorable and favorite places is Pancho Villa in San Mateo.

      When I first moved to California many years ago my friends took me there. They taught me that the proof of a good burrito is you can stand it vertically on end and basically eat and keep it that way all the way down to the end.

      Oh, and besides the support structure of the physical burrito, the taste is amazing and the horchata and salsa bar is grand too!

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