All good things must come to an end, and nothing epitomizes this quite like a burrito. Though savory and impossibly large, every burrito is nonetheless finite… and the same is apparently true of blogs about burritos.
After writing 993 burrito reviews on his Burritoeater blog over the course of the last 10 years, Charles Hodgkins has decided to hang up his napkins and call it quits. Yet when EaterSF sat down with Mr. Hodgkins to reflect on his legendary burrito criticism career, they conducted the interview at the glamorous Taqueria Cancun on Mission at Valencia in Bernal Heights.
Coincidence? We think not.
Here’s a parting gem of burrito wisdom Hodgkins shared about the changes he’s seen in San Francisco’s burrito landscape:
Prices have gone up. That doesn’t bother me as much as it bothers other people. I went to Papalote a couple weeks ago with a friend of mine, and the burrito came to like $10.09. Minor cause for alarm, now that it’s in the double digits, but at the same time, another one was $5.50. And it’s not like getting ripped off when you buy a car and you overpay by thousands of dollars. You might be overpaying by like $1.50. So we have to keep it in perspective here. Surprisingly, burritos haven’t gotten more gourmet and ‘sophisticated.’ If anything, I think the burrito scene here is as healthy as its ever been. There are a number of taquerias that are better now than they used to be, or conversely, that used to be better but are not as good now. For the last month and a half, I’ve been going to twice a week to taquerias on this farewell tour of mine. It’s not just my favorite places, it’s also places that are just kind of important. Yesterday, I went to La Taqueria—I can’t stand their burritos, but I felt like I had to go one last time. But for every place that’s a letdown, there’s a place like Papalote, or El Castillito, or Cancun, that’s going to be rock-solid for time immemorial.
PHOTO: Charles Hodgkins at Bernal’s Taqueria Cancun, by EaterSF