News and culture through the lens of Southern California.
Hosted by A Martínez
Airs Weekdays 2 to 3 p.m.
Business & Economy

The results are in: America's best burrito is in San Francisco




Journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester, FiveThirtyEight's
Journalist Anna Maria Barry-Jester, FiveThirtyEight's "burrito correspondent," has determined America's best burrito.
FiveThirtyEight

Listen to story

04:42
Download this story 11MB

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:

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."

Do you agree? Let us know your favorite burrito in the comments below, on our Facebook page or on Twitter (tag @KPCC).



You care about today's news. And you're not alone.

Join others who support independent journalism.