Earlier this summer, we told you about ESPN's FiveThirtyEight website and their quest to determine — once and for all — the best burrito in America.
In an NCAA-style elimination tournament, the original field of 64 burritos (determined by an expert "burrito selection committee") was whittled down to a final four:
- Delicious Mexican Eatery (El Paso, Texas)
- Al & Bea's Mexican Food (Los Angeles)
- La Taqueria (San Francisco)
- Taqueria Tlaxcalli (The Bronx, N.Y.)
Round three is over Wednesday, and we have a winner: La Taqueria in San Francisco.
FiveThirtyEight's burrito correspondent Anna Maria Barry-Jester traveled more than 20,000 miles across the United States and sampled 84 burritos in two rounds.
She judged the burritos based on five criteria: The tortilla, main protein, other ingredients, presentation (look and textures) and overall flavor profile.
The winning burrito is a rice-less, mission-style burrito, and Barry-Jester said she tried all of their burritos but liked the carnitas one best.
What makes La Taqueria's burrito so great?
Barry-Jester says, "They have sort of a magical first bite. The first time you ever eat one of their burritos, it's really incredibly juicy. And it really came down to this liquid ratio that, I think, makes for just an incredible, monumental culinary experience the first time you try it."