Who was the first to serve big-ass vegetarian burritos in the Mission?

MM reader someJuan thinks he knows:

My wife’s family used to have a restaurant on 24th St., called Mi Casa during the ’80s. At the location where Delfin is at today. They were the first to serve big-ass vegetarian burritos. Anyone remember this place?

Unfortunately, I don’t remember this place, but I was also too busy watching Transformers and Gummi Bears cartoons during the 80s.  How about the rest of you?

[Photo by dapperdanj]

38 Responses to “Who was the first to serve big-ass vegetarian burritos in the Mission?”

  1. roller23rd says:

    I grew up on 24th & Harrison & was made aware of veggi burritos by some hippy/stoner ( that eras’hipster/hood destroyers)who lived next door around 1979 but have no idea where he bought them. Could have been your wife’s fams place but sounds like they were around already. Mish Memory: my very 1st burrito was bought in the back of a market on on 20th and Folsom where Schmidt’s is.

  2. scum says:

    Had my first one in 77 at Gordos in The Richmond. The I went out with a Latina mix girl who brought me to The Mission, whole different world of burritos.

  3. blah says:

    That is an incredibly unappetizing photo, one in a series of such photos.

    I’m not a food photography expert, but allow me to make a suggestion: try taking a picture of the food *before* you start eating it and making it look all gnarly. Or if you want to show us the interior of something, cut it with a knife and take five seconds to make it look like something a human being might conceivably want to eat. Don’t just take the grimiest, most fucked up picture possible and think “oh this will look tres authentic and street-level.” It just looks gross and careless, which is kind of a sour note in a blog that spends so much time talking about food and drink.

  4. eLDedo says:

    that actually looks more like a big ass-burrito to me.

  5. the guy says:

    It looks like the plantain burrito from Cuco’s. Are they still open?

  6. bellpeppernostrils says:

    you old motherfuckers. i was born in 1991.

  7. Greg says:

    What is up with people splaying their burritos open like a vagina in a Hustler magazine?

  8. old sf says:

    I had my first big ass veggie at El Toro @ 17th and Valencia in 1983.

  9. Person who says "San Diego" in burrito posts says:

    San Diego

  10. James says:

    Here’s a better question – there was a burrito shop that promised people free burritos for life if they got the burrito place tattooed on them. Send your intrepid reporters (huh?), find a person with the tattoo. Photograph it. Is the place still in business? Is the person living on burritos?

  11. James says:

    And? That’s where the work starts – I’m outta town. Visit the taqueria and find out how many people are still riding the free burrito!

    • el chingon says:

      I been here long enough to know that Casa Sanchez will be here when you are carne frio, en el terreno, baby. Get marked and do your own homework,

  12. George says:

    To someone who has been in Thailand for 20 years – like me – that burrito looks darn good!

  13. jessie says:

    who cares. taco bell? nos vale madre. que chupen lodo.

  14. someJuan says:

    I didn’t know my comment had been turned into a post. Here’s some more info…

    Turns out that prior to opening her own restaurant, my mother-in-law, worked at one called Antojitos Mexicanos located on Mission St., from about 1977 to 1979. They served vegetarian burritos there. Then, my in-laws operated their own restaurant called Mi Casa on 24th st., from 1979 to 1985. However, in her restaurant, she only served her vegi burritos one way — wet, smothered in sauce. No vegi burritos wrapped in aluminum.

    Here’s a pic of how she used to and still serves them at home: http://goo.gl/nLhQ6

  15. Cynthia says:

    I lived off of Pancho Villa veggie burritos for many years in the 90s. Bless them. I have no idea who was the first, but they were certainly early adopters.