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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

El Mundo de Mando: The Great Taco-Burrito Smackdown

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 10:40 AM

click to enlarge Mando Rayo: Which one roolz?
  • Mando Rayo: Which one roolz?
Austin, Tex., taco blogger Mando Rayo (aka El Mundo de Mando of TacoJournalism) is in Cali this week, getting his first-ever taste of Bay Area-style flavor. We've asked him for a blog-by-blog account of his findings in the MIssion and beyond. Got a tip for Mando? Leave a comment, homie.

When I started my in-depth taco inquiry in the Bay Area this week, everyone I met kept telling me, "Try the burritos -- it's California, man!" But being a taco lover I said no guay Jose! Now don't get me wrong, I do love a good burrito. But tacos, well they just rule ... or do they? Let's compare the two:



  • Just one can feed toda la familia
  • Loads of extra fillings (lechuga, crema, chile y mas)
  • Flour tortillas (muy popular among Americanos -- they practically beat out white bread in the U.S.)
  • Cons:

  • One choice: flour -- have you ever eaten a burrito made with a corn tortilla?
  • Mostly one carne option per serving
  • The Burrito Bowl -- don't call it a burrito if it's not wrapped in a tortilla!
  • Ugh, Taco Bell!
  • Tacos


  • Choices: flour or corn, fried or grilled, hard or soft
  • Come in orders of two or three
  • You can mix it up! (carnitas, carne asada, barbacoa, veggie y mas)
  • Cons:

  • May leave you hungry
  • Portions are smaller
  • All fillings don't fit
  • Ugh, Taco Bell!
  • And the winner is ... tacos! Yes!

    Well, that's what I think. But that's not gonna stop me from trying burritos SF stylez! What about you? What do you like about tacos and burritos and what don'cha? Let us know.

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