Taqueria Cancún is the baseline, the old reliable. It’s where we send any newbies looking for their first taste of what SF’s burritos have to offer. It’s where many of the city’s more wizened burrito-consuming professionals fall back upon the classics. It’s where we have, without really intending, become regulars.
Cancún hits all the sweet spots of a good burrito joint. Prices are reasonable. The staff is occasionally ornery, and will yell at you in your moments of burrito indecisiveness. The walls are primary-colored for reasons that elude us. And it’s open late – okay, not as late as some of its competitors down the street, but late enough for SF (2 a.m. on weekends).
It also brings a signature dish to the table: the Burrito Mojado. Mojado means “wet,” and the wetness of this filled tortilla is staggering. In true Mexican-flag fashion, the staff piles three colorful sauces atop your already-stuffed burrito: guacamole, sour cream, and red salsa. If we’re being honest, we’ve only had this once. But its absurdity has stayed with us for years.
Aside from the Mojado, what should you get? It would be hard to steer you away from al pastor, but they also do pollo asado and carnitas up right. There’s even a vegetarian option for those without carnal proclivities, and tacos for those without the will to swallow a pound-plus of food. Both are good, but if you want the real experience, late-night pork products are the only option.
There are three Cancún locations, to be clear. The Mission and Bernal locations rise above the Market option, but, if you’re in a pinch, any will suffice. Quality is surprisingly consistent.
Cancun is the In-N-Out of burritos. It’s not the most creative or the most innovative, but it is the most consistently delicious. It won’t let you down.
This is the 80% option. 80% of the time, get it. This specimen is an al pastor burrito, which is our go-to varietal if you like pork. It is not a super burrito (filled with guacamole and sour cream), because who wants pockets of cold fluid inside their warm burrito?
Look at that thing. Absurd, ridiculous, perhaps disgusting – you decide. If you must have guacamole and sour cream, we recommend it on the outside. This one here is a carnitas burrito, by the way, which is also a good pick.
Would you like a much smaller version of the burrito? Are you on a diet? Do you prefer the taste of corn starch to flour? If so, this is the pick.
Or let’s throw a curveball! Melted cheese never hurt anyone. If you appreciate excessiveness, get after the super ‘dilla. So many flowing juices…