A Good Mix Between Authenticity and Yuppieness

Mission Loc@l last night published a little feature on Papalote, everybody’s favorite tofu burrito spot. Here, co-owner Miguel Escobedo addresses the breakdown of his clientele:

“I hope more people in the Latino community can come to appreciate the healthier aspect of our cuisine,” reflecting on what he sees as an invisible border that runs down Valencia Street. He adds that those Latino customers he does see love what the restaurant is doing.

Also, did you know they opened another Papalote in some other neighborhood? Link.


Haiku Review of Papalote

Haiku Reviews of Mission District Taquerias

9 Responses to “A Good Mix Between Authenticity and Yuppieness”

  1. Plug1 says:

    Miguel Escobedo = Mister E!!

    i used to check that dude out at Storyville back in the mid-90s. in addition to running a nice little resto, that guy can tear up a couple of 1200s.

  2. Josh says:

    I always just thought their burritos were too bland, except when they rely too heavily on red chili powder :-(

  3. jacobe says:

    I don’t appreciate their stingyness with the chips… and the outrageous cost of extra Sour Cream and the like…

    Other than that, it’s a semi-regular locale… favorite among my friends, but not at the top of my list…

  4. Maia Bittner says:

    Ok, I <3 Papalote, but it is the only burrito place in the mission that I have *never* seen a latino in.

  5. Devin says:

    Papalote is the best! I love the lard free re-fried beans and the fish is delicious, perfect for all the ital Rastas in SF.

    Mr. E is also an incredible DJ who has continually given back to his community. Sponsoring tons of events, like the Annual Doin-It-In-The-Park celebration, and as a result he’s received numerous community awards.

    If you want to help ring in 10-years of incredible burritos then head over to MILK tonight.

    Free food at 10 PM followed by the hottest Reggae / Dancehall from Jah Warrior Shelter and Mr. E…

    Facebook Link: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=77976056060&ref=nf

  6. Tim Moore says:

    Papalote isn’t my #1 favorite burrito place, but it’s pretty damn good and right near my apartment and does right by vegans so I eat there at least once a week. And the salsa and guacamole there are both hard to beat.

  7. Neil says:

    if they want the Latino community to appreciae their grub maybe they should call it “cocina” instead of “cuisine”. Why must fancy = French? Just sayin’.

  8. Lindylula says:

    All the Latinos are over at La Cornetta.
    Just sayin’

  9. meave says:

    Papalote is the only taqueria whose oooks do not need hawk-like monitoring to ensure a queso- and crema-free veggie burrito. The in-burrito pico de gallo is totally mild, just right for the spice-sensitive tum. (which is vegan-atypical! all my other friends <3 spicy foods.)