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Beach Burrito, El Outer SunsetOMR: 7.67
3914 Judah
cross street: 44th Ave.
ph. 415/731-2004
Map Visits: 4
Not only does this westside burrito shop’s name translate pretty simply into English, but its interior wall murals portraying mustachioed, behatted jalapeños lounging seaside clearly belong in some sort of folk-art hall of fame. Service is certainly amiable, though sometimes not the quickest. Then again, what’s your hurry? Relax a spell, have a burrito. Credit cards accepted. Breakfast, outdoor dining, and free lukewarm water all available.

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02/12/10Special Chile Verde Pork$7.757.67 Mustaches
Swish: ingredient mix (10); size (9); temperature (9); burstage abatement (9); rice (8); beans (8); vegetables (8)
Shrug: tortilla (7); meat (7); cheese (7); sauciness (7)
Clang: spiciness (1)
Intangibility bonus: 2 (of 2)

OK. It’s time to go back to the phones.

Chris in the Inner Sunset here. I know you’ve had great success with a slew of taquerias in the Avenues over the years. Do you put El Beach Burrito on par with Gordo, El Burrito Express, etc.?
First off, please, no golf analogies. Maybe you like golf? As for El Beach Burrito being on the same level on those other heavyweights, the short answer is: no. The longer answer, for those looking to go “inside golf” with me on tonight’s show: Hall of fame taquerias such as Gordo and El Burrito Express don’t ignore you when you request “extra spicy.” They also melt their cheese thoroughly every time.

Hi, it’s Maria in Divisadero Heights. You were kind of rude to me last time I called in, but your site is useful to me so I’ll let it slide, even if you make fun of my neighborhood’s name. How come you’re being so hard on El Beach Burrito if they pulled off the highly uncommon feat of a ten-mustache ingredient mix?
The Beach Burrito’s mix in this latest scud was indeed a monster. Why’s that so rare on today’s taqueria scene? Who really knows? Still, as crucial as it is to ensure all burrito ingredients play well together, the tortilla should be grilled (this one wasn’t), the pork chunks ought to be juicier and livelier (these weren’t), and again with the not-entirely-melted cheese. As for “Divisadero Heights,” come on. You’re a realtor and you made that name up.

Hey. I’m Janie. I live in the Mission. I haven’t been out of my neighborhood in two months. There are burrito places west of Church St.? Really?
A couple, yeah. There’s this place way out on Judah called El Beach Burrito, a few blocks in from the Pacific Ocean. Guac involvement can be heavy (at the taqueria, not in the ocean), but it doesn’t weigh down the overall veggie input. The place crafts a dense burrito, and the rice/beans foundation on this last visit was solid. No temperature complaints or construction issues to report, either.

Hi! It’s Linda in Orinda. I miss living in San Francisco, and your site isn’t helping. How’d this beachy burrito rate on your intangibility meter?
Despite its baffling aversion to spiciness, it still rang up the maximum intangibility rating of two mustaches. How? I don’t’s intangible.

12/01/07Breakfast (Chorizo)$7.357.83 Mustaches
Swish: beans (10); burstage abatement (10); cheese (9); ingredient mix (9); temperature (9); eggs (8); vegetables (8)
Shrug: size (7); tortilla (7); meat (6); spiciness (6)
Clang: sauciness (4)
Intangibility bonus: 1 (of 2)

Can a burrito’s mix be too successful in its quest to integrate ingredients? Rarely, but...yes. El Beach Burrito’s recipe for an AM slab demands an all-in grilling of chorizo, fried egg, roasted potato, onion, cheddar, and jack, and while there was no denying the seamlessness of the ensemble, the experience was not unlike what smoking jacket-clad music types mean when they prattle on from their premium audio-wired houses of the holy about “the need for separation of instruments” and the like. The charry chorizo’s ultralow profile didn’t help the issue of facelessness – we’re accustomed to meat being a major player in our breakfast burritos – but...good grief, now it looks like we’re grousing about a nine-mustache ingredient mix, so we’ll cut it short. Elsewhere within the medley, the rather tart guacamole jumped out of the taste spectrum way more than we’re used to, but the layer of flawless, Slabby-worthy refried beans distracted us every time they reared on up, which fortunately was pretty often. And we liked those potato chunks, so just back off about that, alright? Finally, we’d be remiss if we missed the opportunity to wrap this review by employing one of our favorite off-target phrases: Saucity? Paucity.

11/12/05Special Asada Chicken$6.706.33 Mustaches
This after-dark visit to Slabland-by-the-Sea was undercut by awkward-tasting refried pinto beans, spice that had long since set with the sun over the Pacific horizon, and jarring temperature shifts only a Chicago meteorologist could appreciate. Lengthy enough, yet a bit on the slender side, this burrito never caught the right wave, its ineffectual guacamole and mostly unmelted combination of grated jack and cheddar ensuring it would never even escape the surf-awaiting lineup. Other ingredients cradled within El Beach Burrito’s adequate (steamed, not grilled) tortilla: a competent scoopful or two of rice, some very nice roasted chipotle sauce and pico de gallo, and a set of well-peppered chicken chunks that came off as serviceable, if tame. In its brief defense, this burrito’s ingredient mix danced the respectable seven-mustache shuffle, and the whole thing was infallibly constructed. When the land shark of temperature inconsistency starts attacking everything within chomping distance, however, it’s a good bet that any sort of intangibility bonus is completely out of the question.
09/16/04Super Carne Asada$6.007.14 Mustaches
Hunky, but only mildy dory - nothing else remarkable to report here. And yet aside from an overly chewy (steamed) tortilla, nothing embarrassing either. Be sure to request an additional steamer stint, unless you enjoy lukewarm bites. Did we mention the rad murals here?