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Can't Get Past the La Taqueria Line? Eat These Burritos Instead

Scott Lucas | September 16, 2014 | Story

After Nate Silver's 538 named the burritos at La Taqueria as the best in the country, the place has been mobbed. Lines have stretched 40 people deep—with wait times of up to an hour. While we love the carnitas burrito there as much as anyone does, that a lot of effort. Instead, why not wait for the heat at La Taqueria to cool down and eat these burritos instead?

Name: El Farolito
Neighborhood: Mission
What to Order: Lengua Super Burrito with no sour cream but double avocado.
Why: If La Taqueria is the Beatles, El Farolito is the Rolling Stones.

Name: El Toro Taqueria
Neighborhood: Mission
What to Order: In our recent Mexican food feature, chef Chris Pastena of Oakland's Chop Bar told us the chille relleno burrito is the way to go.
Why: He's right.

Name: Taqueria Guadalajara
Neighborhood: Excelsior
What to Order: Wet Burrito with tripe
Why: For just $6.10, you won't need to eat for another day.

Name: Papito
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
What to Order: Duck confit regular burrito
Why: Because duck confit.

Name: Tacos El Grullo
Neighborhood: East Oakland
What to Order: Burrito con todo with al pastor.
Why: It's not too far from Fruitvale BART—take a detour next time you're going to see the A's play.

Name: La Gran Chiquita Taqueria
Neighborhood: East Oakland
What to Order: The beef burrito. (Though save room for the cow lips tacos too.)
Why: Go on a weekend and get the pancita barbacoa too.

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