I’ve seen friends nearly come to blows over where to find the best burritos in Wine Country. Everyone has a favorite taco truck or hole-in-the-wall taqueria they’re convinced has the secret sauce for making the world’s best burrito. Whether it’s the mole sauce, the rice, the refried beans, or a favorite style of carne asada, it all comes down to that perfect combination of textures and flavors, all wrapped up in a handy tortilla.
We’ve come up with a list of 15 burrito spots, from the obvious to the undiscovered, with the help of dozens of foodie Facebook fans for the ultimate guide to Sonoma County burrito eating. Adding to our opinions, we’ve included direct quotes from Facebookers who responded to our call out for “The Best Burritos in Sonoma County.” Provecho.
Las Palmas: This unassuming taqueria off Santa Rosa Ave. is a sleeper, but always popular with authentic Mexican street food fans and off-duty chefs. Carne asada and el pastro burritos are a go-to. 415 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa, 707-546-3091
Los Tres Chiles: “No Manches” Burrito is about the size of 10 regular burritos. If you can eat it in 60 minutes, it¹s free. Otherwise, $26.95. 2765 Yulupa Ave, Santa Rosa, 707-304-5724
El Guadalajara: “Try the Burrito Manadero! It has the best Mole sauce!” says Sue. “It rivals a Mission (SF) Burrito – the gold standard,” says Christopher. Tina says, “Chili Verde Burrito, best avo-green salsa.” 125 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, 707-433-1052
Guerneville Taco truck: No one really remembers what the truck is called, but they do remember the burritos. Usually parked in front of Safeway. “Can’t be beat,” says Michael. 16632 Main St, Guerneville.
Casa del Mole: Diego’s Burrito is a favorite, with al pastor, grilled onions, peppers, mushrooms, organic potatoes, sour cream, guacamole and melted Monterey jack cheese. But you’re really here for the mole, which is prepared the old-fashioned way, with dozens of ingredients including Mexican chocolate. 434 Center St, Healdsburg, 707-433-4138. Related: Agave Mexican Restaurant (owned by the same family): “Get the Chile Relleno burrito,” says Marsha.
Lola’s: Hispanic grocer with family-friendly prices and solid carnitas. “Huge and great prices too,” says Michelle. 1680 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, 707-577-8846, also 440 Dutton Ave, Santa Rosa
El Roy’s: Popular Petaluma restaurant and Santa Rosa taco truck with authentic eats Samantha says: “I’m a little obsessed with El Roy’s these days, everything they make is so good and fresh! Their burritos are great but I’m stuck on their tostadas. If breakfast burritos count ours at the cafe are really good, we serve them wet with house made ranchero and sour cream on top!” 210 Edith St, Petaluma, 707-774-3738 and 760 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa (truck).
Juanita Juanita: We say go nuts on the garlic garlic burrito, and never worry about vampires again. “I’m partial to their Carnitas Pastor Tacos,” says Tony. 19114 Arnold Dr., Sonoma, 707-935-3981.
Don Julios: This secret little gem is well-known to foodies for its pupusas, but readers really love their burritos as well. “You MUST try their al pastor. I’ve eaten at a lot of burrito spots and drive further for this place. Please. Try it,” says Brent, “Superior!” 217 Southwest Blvd, Rohnert Park, 707-242-3160.
La Palapa: “By far the best burrito I have ever had anywhere is the wet Terminator with Diabla Sauce at La Palapa. Enough for two normal people and then some,” says PepperHead. 590 Lewis Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-569-9210.
Taqueria El Favorito: Mission-style burritos.”El Favorito on Sebastopol Road in Santa Rosa originated in the SF mission district,” says Yarrow. 65 Sebastopol Rd, Santa Rosa, 707-526-7444.
El Farolito: Surf and turf burrito, with steak, chorizo rice and spicy shrimp We’re partial to this Healdsburg spot that’s more than just a taqueria. A good selection of tequilas and traditional Oaxacan dishes lead us here again and again. 128 Plaza St., Healdsburg, 707-433-2807.
Oliver’s Market: You might not expect to find a top-notch burrito here, but fresh ingredients and impressive carne asada impressed several readers. “The breakfast one is my fave,” says Chris. “Wet Burrito,” says Toby. Locations in Cotati, Windsor and Santa Rosa, oliversmarket.com.
Mi Pueblo: The Macho, with meat, rice, cheese, sour cream, onion, cilantro, salsa and tomatoes gets the wet treatment with a splash of “burrito sauce”. The Padre doubles the amount in the Macho, and the Gordo triples it for $35. 7384 Commerce Blvd, Cotati 707-792-4380 and 800 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma, 707-762-8192.
Los Arcos: Burrito Loco has five kinds of meat, plus all the other super burrito goodies. “Flavorful, consistently good food,” says Lynn. 1791 Marlow Rd., Santa Rosa, 707-545-5858.
And a breakfast bonus:
Breakfast burrito in a bowl: Amy’s Drive-Thru
We had to add this one after a quick stop at this plant-based drive-through from Amy’s Kitchen. Instead of eggs and bacon, this version has roasted potatoes, tofu scramble, spinach, salsa, cheese and sour cream (vegan versions available). 58 Golf Course Dr W, Rohnert Park, 707-755-3629.
This story was first published in Sonoma Magazine.