Taqueria Cancún is the baseline, the old reliable. It’s where we send anyone for a taste of what San Francisco 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 walls are primary-colored for reasons that elude us. And it’s open late–OK, not as late as some of its competitors down the street, but late enough for the city (2am on weekends, pre-Covid).
It also brings a signature dish to the table: the Burrito Mojado. 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 right. There’s even a vegetarian option, and tacos for those without the will to eat a pound-plus of food. Both are good, but if you want a memorable experience, get anything with pork.
To be clear, there are three Cancún locations. The Mission and Bernal Heights locations rise above the Market Street option, but, if you’re in a pinch, any will suffice. The quality is surprisingly consistent.
Cancún is 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. Get it filled with guacamole and sour cream.
Look at that thing. Absurd, ridiculous—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? Do you prefer the taste of corn to flour? If so, this is the pick.