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Papalote - 4 Reviews - 3409 24th Street, San Francisco, CA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (415) 970-8815


3409 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94101
(415) 970-8815
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It's impossible for me to try anything else at Papalote's as I love the fish tacos far too much. Each time I eat there, I have a secret fear that i...


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Papalote 5/19/2006

Very good salsa and chips. Clean, well lit place to feel like a burrito eating hipster without the roaches and grime of the joints that serve up the best taqueria fare. I’ll have to say, if it’s a Soyrizo burrito you’re hankerin’ for, this is the place. No one does it better. I like soyrizo and cook with it at home sometimes and it works the way they use it at Papalote. Now, if you actually wanted a burrito burrito (not to get too technical here) or various manifestations of mexican food, there are a few other places I might recommend... more

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Great Salsa but Worth the Hype 4/29/2006

After hearing so many good things from friends, colleagues and even sources like Chow Magazine, I was excited to give Papalote a shot when my co-workers decided to head there for lunch. Finally, I would have a chance to sample their "practically-orgasmic" salsa! Papalote is a taqueria with partial table service. You order your food at the counter, grab a drink, pay your way, take a number and head over to a table in the side room and eagerly await the server with your taco, burrito, quesadilla or other standard taqueria fare... which is exactly what I did. The chips (still warm) and salsa were brought almost immediately - and for all intents and purposes, they were the highlight of the meal. The rich orange salsa was spicy, sweet and had a complexity of flavor not commonly found in the condiment. The texture was smooth with black flecks - possibly from black pepper or from the skin of roasted pumpkin or peppers (yep - the secret ingredient, I have been told, is pumpkin seeds). This salsa's only competition for #1 in San Francisco is by Orale Orale. The steak for the Carne Asada (which got very high marks from my co-workers), as well as the chicken, is cooked to order on a grill instead of scooped out of a steam table bin... and though I didn't sample it, the meat certainly looked good: appropriately charred and tender. The pork Chile Verde was also quite good, with distinct flavors of tomatillo, cilantro and citrus in the sauce. Unfortunately, this filling, when combined with refried beans, cheese, rice and guacamole and wrapped in a tortilla, didn't meld into that cheesy-goopy goodness that makes an excellent burrito. It was good, but not great. Certainly not on par with Victor's or Mexico au Parc - which just goes to show you: even if every component of a dish is excellent, sometimes it doesn't come together properly to make something amazing. This time, the components were better than the sum of its parts. $8.89 for a super burrito, chips, salsa and a bottle of grapefruit soda. 3 stars for now, but I will certainly be back to try a carne asada quesadilla. more

Excellent Burritos 8/17/2005

Papalote has some of the best burritos in town. They are different than almost every other burrito place in the neighborhood. They have more focus on healthier/wholesome ingredients. Their salsa is amazing and you can buy it by the jar to take with you. The guys who own it are very nice and the rest of the staff is great. Of course affordable, but I would even say a deal for what you get. They also display local art work and as well have live musicians that play from time to time. If I was in San Francisco for only one day and could only get one burrito, it would be here. more
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