I'll be in SF for a week and am looking to try some taquerias outside my usual routine. I would love to get SF Hounds' reccommendations for places with good structural integrity (no knife-and-fork burritos) and an emphasis on chicken, al pastor, and asada, in that order.
To give you a sense of my preferences, my gold standard is the super burrito with chicken or al pastor at Taqueria San Jose. I'm also a fan of the super burrito al pastor at El Farolito, and the veggie burrito at Taqueria Cancun. I'm not such a fan of the burritos at Pancho Villa (poor structural integrity), La Taqueria (no rice) or the al pastor at Cancun.
I'd also welcome any thoughts on these places specifically:
La Cumbre: I was practically raised on asada burritos from La Cumbre. I love the way they steam the cheese in the tortilla. But I've read some reports that the asada is a pale shadow of what it once was. Is this true? Is it still worth trying the chicken? For some bizarre reason, good chicken is hard to find in LA taquerias...
Papalote: I've heard some great things about this place. One thing I'm not so keen about is the refried black beans (I get too much of that at Oaxacan places in LA). Is this place worth trying if I get other beans?
El Castillito: I understand they do the cheese similar to La Cumbre. Is this true?
El Faro: Supposedly the first to sell a Mission burrito. Worth trying?