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Watch: How La Taqueria Became a San Francisco Classic

“Dining on a Dime” takes on the essential Mission-style burrito

This week, Dining on a Dime host Lucas Peterson continues his exploration of San Francisco with the Mission-style burrito. It’s not what you might think, though: What La Taqueria does is, rather, a classic riff on the Mission-style burrito. Owner Miguel Jara dispenses with the overstuffed-with-rice version in favor of a pared-down one: meat, pinto beans, avocado, and salsa. The restaurant also specializes in tacos and quesadillas, and has incredible homemade hot sauces.

If you’ve ever had a Chipotle burrito, you’ve had something of a Mission-style burrito. Jara, who has operated the restaurant since he opened it in 1973, is not a conventionalist, however — he is firmly dedicated to the version of his grilled, golden-brown burrito he’s been serving for decades. Watch as Peterson tries this Mission District classic — will it meet his expectations?

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