Saturday, June 28, 2008

It's a wrap!

The comments Flasshe's post about Taco Bell coupons the other day ended up with a discussion of "authentic" Tex-Mex burritos versus "yuppie-style" California burritos.

I'm sorry, but San Francisco style "Mission burritos" are every bit as authentic as any other kind of burrito. A burrito is an inauthentic food product by it's very nature, so arguments about burrito authenticity are as misguided as arguing about East Coast and West Coast hip-hop. The Mission burrito has been bowdlerized by a bunch of national chains (none based in California, AFAIK), so it's a common misconception that they're a recent invention. They aren't.

And they don't have a lot to do with yuppies, but come to think of it, there were a lot of yuppies in the SF Mission during the dot-com boom! Maybe they all started burrito chains in other states after their Bay Area web startups went belly up?

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