An Atlantan in NorCal, Part 5: South of the Border

Taqueria El Farolito: San Francisco, CA, USA

So I’m not sure if this was the best pre-half marathon race meal, but we ate it haha.  Normally I try to stay away from anything that has beans mostly because it just causes discomfort, not only for me but for others, but this was supposed to be a great and authentic spot.  Admittedly, it is a bit of a shabby establishment and definitely questionable in terms of hygiene but most hole-in-the-walls are this way right?  The things that I got to try were the:

  • suiza quesadilla: steak and cheese with avocado requested on the side
  • super burrito: beans, steak, sour cream, guacamole, rice…the works.

I also took some pictures of the soft tacos and the regular burrito for comparison.  I also ordered their horchata since this was supposedly “legit” mexican.

Suiza Quesadilla


  • super large quantity: I definitely had difficulty finishing this because I ate a third of the super burrito before that my friend (W) got me to try.
  • good flavors, very simple: steak and cheese.  It was terrific.
  • avocado was literally a half-sliced avocado which you scoop out yourself.  You can’t get it any fresher than that.

Green salsa, red salsa, and pico are self-served on the side.


  • the meat seems questionable.  In fact, I asked what kind of meat it was.  Someone said skirt steak which I highly doubt.  Hangar steak, while among the cheaper cuts of beef, can still be decently costly.

El Farolito - suiza (normal) up close

Super Burrito


  • fantastically ginormous.  This can easily feed two people and be a snack for three if not a half meal.
  • great flavors
  • not mushy because they wrap and serve it immediately


  • post-meal, I swear there were GI issues but it could have been with my quesadilla as well.

El Farolito - the super burrito

All in all, I really enjoyed it.  While not a fan of Mexican food unless it’s a homemade tamale, I liked this meal here.  Unfortunately, I had major flatulence and was slightly uncomfortable the entire day after.  Even more unfortunately, I had it during my half-marathon.  To confirm, I talked to a friend and he said that he had major GI issues, as in the runs.  In addition, he’s mentioned that those places in The Mission are just questionable in general with regards to food hygiene.  Good to know.  Now mind you, this is not with ALL restaurants in The Mission – Pica Pica is definitely not like that.  Just noting the experience.  Below is a picture of the tacos:

El Farolito - tacos

All in all, here’s a quick summary:

  • suiza quesadilla: ***.5 (3.5 stars)
  • super burrito: ***.25 (3.25 stars)

You can find them in multiple locations so the best would be to google them.  We went to the 24th street location in San Francisco.  If you have an iron stomach, it’s worth trying out!


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