Top 3 cheap and delicious Mexican places in the Mission

Choose wisely: tacos or burritos?
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June 7th, 2015

Whether you’re looking for something fast to go, or ready to sit down and relax for a bit, these Mexican restaurants will suit whatever mood you’re in. Check out any of these places for a cheap but tasty meal.

La Taqueria (Mission Street and 25th Street)

While La Taqueria in the Mission isn’t exactly a hole-in-the-wall, the restaurant is still a very no-nonsense, cleanup-after-yourself type of establishment. When I went (Sunday at 12pm, prime lunchtime), the line wound halfway around the restaurant, but it took less than ten minutes to place our order, and maybe another ten minutes to actually receive the food. The tacos were piled high with your choice of meat, pico de gallo, and guacamole, and the burritos, while not huge, were quite filling and stuffed with the freshest ingredients. In an area chock-full of Mexican restaurants, La Taqueria is definitely worth checking out.

Papalote Mexican Grill (24th Street and Valencia Street)

If the bright blue tiled exterior doesn’t immediately pique your interest, then the food definitely will. While a small space, Papalote’s vibrant, colorful interior and wide windows make it feel airy and cheerful. Voted SF’s best burrito multiple times, you are going to want to come here hungry in order to maximize your enjoyment. And as a perfect precursor to your meal, dig into Papalote’s free chips and salsa, which many people consider some of the best in the country.

Taquerias El Farolito (Mission Street and 24th Street)

Conveniently located right next to the 24th Street Mission BART stop, El Farolito offers one of the biggest, most super-packed burritos out there. Don’t be put off by the utilitarian interior—El Farolito’s food more than makes up for what it lacks in décor. Whether you stop by to pick up some crispy tacos to take home or come in at two in the morning to ease those late-night munchies, El Farolito is the perfect place to go.

By Angela Bao