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Coyotes, Taq. Los MissionOMR: 6.11
3036 16th St.
cross street: Mission
ph. 415/861-3708
Map Visits: 5
Taq. Los Coyotes certainly has a lot going for it: truly frightening messianic optical illusion artwork all over the place; one hell of a Last Supper woodcut hung on the east wall; bottled beer, wine, sangria, tequila, and all sorts of other sinful beverages; a convenient BART-adjacent location. However, its increasingly disappointing burritowork provides no reason to linger. Prepare for one of the hugest overhead menus you'll ever encounter. Open late on Sundays, and real late on Fridays and Saturdays. Breakfast available. Credit cards accepted.

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05/31/13Super Pollo Asado$7.256.00 Mustaches
Swish: burstage abatement (10); size (8)
Shrug: tortilla (7); meat (7); rice (7); vegetables (6); ingredient mix (6)
Clang: beans (5); sauciness (5); temperature (5); cheese (3); spiciness (2)
Intangibility bonus: 1 (of 2)

Open with something friendly, Burritoeater panel of judge-stooges!

This burrito held together very well.

As you were.

Fair enough. This burrito sucked a whole lot.

Full-on lame elements included (but were not limited to): flatlining spice; brutal temperature inequities; barely-there refried beans; a limply grilled tortilla; a divisive ingredient mix; a horribly unmelted cheddar/Jack cheese blend; micro-diced chicken; blunderheaded intangibility.

Close with something amiable, Burritoeater panel of judge-doofuses!

Nice guac.

11/17/09California (Carne Asada)$6.756.33 Mustaches
Swish: tortilla (9); temperature (9); burstage abatement (9); size (8)
Shrug: rice (7); cheese (7); meat (6); beans (6); vegetables (6)
Clang: ingredient mix (4); sauciness (2); spiciness (1)
Intangibility bonus: 2 (of 2)

The idea of fries in a burrito doesn’t repulse us in the least, so we excitedly arranged for Los Coyotes’ California burrito to appear at our table a few minutes after our arrival. What resulted was easily one of the wackiest slabs on Burritoeater record. Early moments held promise, as this burrito’s sharply grilled tortilla, hand-warming temperature, and full sizing started things off on the right path. Soon enough, however, it was clear that the brutally divisive ingredient mix, parched conditions, and non-existent spice (despite our request to the contrary) had it in mind to clang atonally until our panel was pretty much rendered deaf. The major ingrown tortilla fully barricaded the dry, overfried fries right there, while over here, everything else bowed at the mercy of the adequate Spanish rice and equally unjuicy, but still somehow tasty-enough beef. Cheese was plenty melted, given all the heat involved here, but it kept to itself too much to make anything more than a capable contribution. And the refried beans could have been fresher. Yes, we specially requested that rice and beans be added to our San Diego “delicacy,” but that’s not why this slab hit the skids so hard. Rather, we had to point the fingers of blame at that silly mix and all the appalling saucelessness and spicelessness. And yet, the craziest thing was that this lunch retained enough indefinable allure to earn two bonus mustaches for intangibility. Unrealized potential never tasted this weird.

07/12/07Super Chile Rojo Pork$5.757.58 Mustaches
Swish: temperature (9); burstage abatement (9); size (8); tortilla (8); beans (8); vegetables (8); spiciness (8)
Shrug: cheese (7); sauciness (7); meat (6); rice (6); ingredient mix (6)
Clang: no elements clanged
Intangibility bonus: 1 (of 2)

Los Coyotes does not kowtow to nouveau Mission clientele hoping for a sprig of parsley and fruit salad garnishment - nor does it purport to. This is a place that tosses skin-inclusive chunks of potato into its already-hearty chile rojo pork for good measure. Our lunch slab, conveniently made in 30 minutes or less (though not by much) by Los Coyotes’ one-guy kitchen, had certain basics going for it, such as idiot-proof construction and a credible temperature base, and other areas that could have used some improvement. We mostly took issue with the divisive ingredient mix - space-hogged at times by the adequately flavored rice - and also with the down-home pork whose fatty cuts missed the butcher’s knife more than they should have. The refrieds came off completely fine, and the ungrilled tortilla somehow managed to not make any enemies among our mustachioed gang of judge-folk. Just as the guacamole got overwhelmed in this burrito’s sauce-out, the chile rojo sauce itself turned out to be pretty alright in its own peppery way. And the small amount of cheese melted so completely, we hardly saw it. And for the record, we didn’t mind the potatoes.

04/02/06Super Chicken Tinga$5.757.83 Mustaches
The Coyotes delivered a burrito that displayed the kind of good-dancing / firm-handshaking acumen that would make every boy or girl next door happy for the rest of his or her days. Problem is, our judges panel is composed entirely of pompous supermodels, so a fleet of respectable, but unspectacular element ratings won’t ever cut it for our placard-wielding squad of burrito-eating prima donnas. This long, somewhat slender slab earned a perfect ten for its infallible construction, and a mere six hairy ones for its semi-melted, low-impact shards of jack cheese; other than that, it was seven/eight-mustache consistency all around. The pea-pelted brown rice got a little too aggressive in the mix, and spice remained politely peripheral throughout. Elsewhere within the grilled (but suspiciously chewy) tortilla, the refried beans deserved a best supporting ingredient nomination, while aside from the encroaching rice, ingredient integration was quietly effective. Los Coyotes’ chicken was moist and tasty, and the saucy, vegetable-laden “tinga” part of the lineup took care of business real nice-like. Every bite was warm, but not every bite was hot. And in the end, we kept a straight face by doling out only one bonus mustache for intangibility.
02/23/05Super Carne Asada$4.758.33 Mustaches
They’re slow as hell here, but with good reason: Any meat included in your Los Coyotes burrito is grilled to order. (Even lengua.) Our load of carne asada was brilliantly slathered with cheese on the grill, all Philly cheese-style, as was the tortilla. So it was a bit of a letdown when the steak’s taste turned out to be merely serviceable (the cheese still ruled, however). Corn kernels popped up in the rice from time to time, but we took no issue with it. A coup de guac prompted a few warm (not hot) bites, but there are certainly worse ingredients that could take over a burrito for a spell – and anyway, it was mighty fine guacamole. Pockets of big spice were inconsistently located, but located nevertheless. Solidly workmanlike overall – nary a perfect nor a bummer rating occurred.