“The Water Cooler”: Who makes the best burrito in the City of CLAYCORD

February 21, 2011 12:00 pm · 121 comments

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Today’s question:

Who makes the best burrito in CLAYCORD?


1 Mexican FoodS February 21, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Los Gallos in donwtown concord got great burritos.
They also have manty other foods that are delicioso

2 Buddy February 21, 2011 at 12:05 PM

Los Panchos in Pacheco. Awesome!

3 Josh February 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Los Gallos in Todos Santos!

4 nowiwantaburrito February 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

los tacos de pancho.. it’s located a couple of stores down from the cvs right next to Concord bart, in the airport plaza

5 hmm February 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

For a restaurant? Los Gallos

6 Jayyy Wennno =) February 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Tacos Panchos on Clayton Rd.

7 EF February 21, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Los Gallos!!!

8 Anon February 21, 2011 at 12:15 PM

I am not a huge burrito fan but the place in Clayton Station is pretty darn good. I think they are called Casa Gourmet Burrito.

9 lula February 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Los Gallos… no doubt about it!

10 Shteven February 21, 2011 at 12:22 PM

Taco bell makess the best burritos by faarrrrrrr!
Or cinco de mayo by clayton bikes, they make some good shtuff.

11 Radar February 21, 2011 at 12:23 PM

Los Altos in Park and Shop

12 Bil H February 21, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Hands down winner, El Faro on Monument

13 Lexicon6 February 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

High Tech Burritto on YVR, across Heather farms

14 xclrate1963 February 21, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Hands down TACOS PONCHOS, and the best Fish tacos.
Hell their hamburgers are great,and a great price.

15 Zeke in Walnut Creek February 21, 2011 at 12:30 PM

If I can include Pacheco, I would say Los Panchos.

16 Cowellian February 21, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Another vote for Casa Gourmet in Clayton Station.

17 Leigha February 21, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Mexican burrito on Reganti.

18 ranchogirl1 February 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Tacos Panchos across downtown Bart!
Best food, fresh, clean place and friendly service!

19 Bar10der February 21, 2011 at 12:34 PM

El Faro

20 ondeafears February 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

This is tough. I love Los Panchos in Pacheco. I love El Faro on Monument. Cinco de Mayo in Martinez does a pretty good burrito too. I generally don’t eat anything bigger than my head though.

21 Justice0419 February 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Cinco de Mayo on Concord Blvd….Super Chicken Wet Burrito….OMG. Need to get one right now! You have to have it wet….They have the best enchalada sauce EVER! I put it on everything I get there!!

22 Justice0419 February 21, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Cinco de Mayo on Concord Blvd….Super Chicken Wet Burrito….OMG. Need to get one right now! You have to have it wet….They have the best enchalada sauce EVER! I put it on everything I get there!!

23 bobby February 21, 2011 at 12:37 PM

“El Farro”, on Monument. OR “Mexican Burritos” on Monument also

24 Shuley February 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

My coworker turned me onto Taqueria de Plaza in Sutter square on Willow Pass. Really good Al Pastor Burrito for under $6 with chips and salsa. Looking forward to trying some of these other places.

Worst burrito in Concord – Taco Bell… Why would anyone eat that swill when living amongst so much good authentic mexican food? Would you go to Pizza Hut if you lived in North Beach?

25 burnbabyburn February 21, 2011 at 12:38 PM

El Faro

26 KingSVTsis February 21, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Double hands down winner – El Farro’s on Monument!

27 MBA February 21, 2011 at 12:40 PM


28 JAMNJOAN February 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

Los Pinos Mexican Food
3375 Port Chicago Hwy. Suite 21
Concord CA, 94520

El Tri Burrito- served with grilled chicken, steak and shrimp. Served with rice, beans, and salsa. This is my favorite place for Mexican food

29 sidekick mom February 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM

El Faro

30 Hola February 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

screw concord, I know they have the most mexicans in the area but Los panchos in Pacheco. YES! Love the wet burritos. Call ahead they’re usually busy. Now if it MUST be concord maybe cinco de mayo. I havent been to that one just the one in Walnut Creek, it was good but not as good as Los panchos and I think los panchos is cheaper too.

31 Anon. February 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Wow, I can’t stand Los Ponchos burrito’s….love Chipotle….

32 anon February 21, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Lisa’s hot dogs and burritos. Their’s are the best!!!

33 bellaitaliana February 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

definitely Mexican Burritos on Monument, been going there since I was a kid.

34 Kevin February 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Los Gallos . Not sure when but some nights they cook mini tacos right there in the open and dang that is some good stuff. They have a full service salsa bar with full sides and chips. Other places can’t compete with that. You can dang near get a full meal just from their condiment bar.

If you want a killer giant belly busting burrito try the Super Famosa at La Pinata. Enough for two meals.

El Farro isn’t all that great but it’s better than some of the other alternatives.

35 dude February 21, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Mexican burrito

36 theomordha February 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Dulces Antojitos by far.

37 El Diablo February 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Olive Garden….no wait there’s no Olive Garden in Claycord….wait a minute….they dont even make burrito’s.
How about El Tapatio??? Hmmmmm?

38 Betty February 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Los Altos in the Parking Shop

39 Clayton Red February 21, 2011 at 1:13 PM

El Faro is my pick , but it sounds like I need to try Los Gallos

40 Hmm February 21, 2011 at 1:14 PM

LOS GALLOS, but I haven’t tried half the other places people have said cause I always go to Los Gallos.
I can definitely say Chipotle is out of the picture.

41 Chaz February 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

A Latino friend explained that the burrito is an American creation — kind of like wrapping a fine steak with a couple of slices of Wonderbread. Ever since, have this thing against ordering them in fancy places.

That said, they’re awfully handy and I love me a burrito (wrap) at:
-El Farro – with the mole’ sauce
-360 Gourmet (steak & prawn) – with hot n sweet sauce

42 Chris February 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

La costa in Oakley has the best burritos ever Concorde burrito places can’t even come close

43 tyler February 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

hands down Casa Gourmet. There not just you average burrito

44 Carlos February 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Los Gallos is far better than el farro. Eat it, you’ll like it

45 lonewolf February 21, 2011 at 1:29 PM

Concor..Tacos Panchos next to Big 5 Clayton Rd….everything is good.
In Pacheco..Los Panchos

46 anon February 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

La Tapatia on Willow Pass- wet burrito(Restaurant)
La plaza- right behind la tapatia( taqueria)

47 ANON February 21, 2011 at 1:32 PM

La Pinata on Willow Pass. There chile verde burrito is delicious!

48 Miss Diagnosis February 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Ew whats with all the los gallos loving? I went there once and had the seriously most disgusting burrito. The chicken was full of fat and cartiledge, and the beans looked grey. I couldnt finish it, which is seriously unusual for me. But my fave Burrito is from Los Panchos!!!

49 hmm February 21, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Chaz – 41 – I totally understand it being an American creation, but that seems like a terrible analogy. Tacos are a much more traditional dish, and really all a burrito is, is a taco that has been wrapped in a larger tortilla, stuffed with more food.

50 Zorphious February 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Los Ponchos in Pacheco.
El Farro in Concord.
Baja Fresh by the mall is good too.
Stay away from Cinco De Mayo in Martinez. Their food has no flavor at all.
Chipotle or how ever it’s spelled is awesome as well.
If you go to San Pablo, go to La Fortuna on San Pablo Ave. near Contra Costa College. It’s across the street from the Jack in the Box. Those are hands down the best in Contra Costa County. Worth the 15 min drive from Martinez.

51 Pied February 21, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Cinco De Mayo in Martinez has great food and great prices.

52 9 deuce daisy February 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

I used to live off of La Salsa when I was single :)

My hubby would vote for Los Gallos at Todos Santos. I started going to the “express” around the corner from Sbux on our last visit in the fall, and I am anxious to go again next month!

53 YUM :) February 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Chipotle Barbacoa burritos are AWESOME! The have the BEST guacamole (and chips) too!

El Faro takes 2nd place.. very good also.

54 Kevin February 21, 2011 at 1:59 PM

You are all on Crack, without a doubt THE best Burrito in Concord is El Farolito’s at 1882 Grant between Time Out Sports Bar and the Fire Station. Super Burrito El Pastor, light on the rice, extra cillantro, a bit fat burrito that most of the time I have to take half of it home. I can’t believe I’m the first person to mention this place. I have a PHD in Burrito consumption and this beat em’ all, hands down.

55 Billy Boy February 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

For the real deal, I like the Grilled Stuft Burrito at Taco Bell, Talk about authentic! Some people claim that no animals are injured in the making of Taco Bell burritos, however some people claim that is because no meat has been used in the making of their food. Untrue! TB’s tacos might be controversial but there is plenny meat in their burritos and they have so many convenient locations throughout Claycord to graze at. Knock it all you want, at least you know what you’re getting no matter if you’re on Monument Blvd or Newell Ave. Taco Bell is Taco Bell and that ain’t such a bad thing. (tic)

56 Coldshoulder February 21, 2011 at 2:08 PM

My mother

57 Josh February 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

we’re talking best burrito in Claycord and people are saying Chipotle? probably the same type of people who would pick lil wayne over radiohead…

58 anonamel February 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I like the carnitas burrito at Las Montanas

59 Nikki P February 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

La Plaza and no doubt El Faro! When you want grilled meat..La Plaza, when you want juicy meat, steamed tortilla with all the sloppy fixings go to EL FARO

60 Nikki P February 21, 2011 at 2:17 PM

Chaz, your “latino” friend is absolutely incorrect. Burrito’s came from Mexico but only consisted of a couple of items like beans and meat wrapped in a tortilla. Here, the burrito has evolved. We American’s have the options to add different fillings.

61 claytoncate February 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Taco Bell? Seriously?

62 Not in claycord February 21, 2011 at 2:21 PM

If you are in Oakley/Brentwood try La Costa. The best burritos ever!

63 AB February 21, 2011 at 2:23 PM

EL Faro

64 triedthemall February 21, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Los Pinos Mexican Food
3375 Port Chicago Hwy.
Concord CA, 94520
& El Faro’s on Monument Blvd. Concord
or Los Panchos in Pacheco

65 Mr. Anon E. Mouse February 21, 2011 at 2:29 PM

What! No one mentioned the place across from park n shop where the cops hang out?? *looks up name* Salsa Mexican grill! That’s it. I put off trying it for the longest time, but have to admit the burritos were pretty damn good. Lots of food for the price and quick. Now I see why the cops go there.

66 Anonymous February 21, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Cinco de Mayo on Concord Blvd or Clayton Rd

67 Role Models February 21, 2011 at 2:45 PM

My Belly is a “Sanctuary City” for High Tech Burrito. I used to like Mexican Burritos (As opposed to the Sicilian or Cantonese burritos) on Reganti and El Faro but I just don’t feel safe on Monument anymore.

68 Tami February 21, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I have to go with Taqueria La Plaza for their pastor burrito with Numero Uno Taqueria (various locations in and just beyond Claycord) as my number 2 for non-chain taquerias. Although for less authentic, Chipotle’s barbacoa or Baja Fresh’s baja burrito isn’t so bad either.

69 Pay Attention February 21, 2011 at 3:16 PM

There is NO apostrophe in “burritos” or “Americans”, unless you are making them possessive.

70 PeopleRNutz February 21, 2011 at 3:18 PM

El Faro on Monument’s Fajita Burrito! I only wish I could have Los Panchos’s hot sauce with it. I’d drink a big gulp of Lo Po’s sauce all day long.

71 Juan February 21, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Since people are suggesting places outside of Claycord…La Buena Vida in Akumal, Quinta Roo, Mexico. Best view in the world and where else can you eat a burrito while sitting in a tree house, sipping a Corona and looking out over the Carribean.

72 Marissa February 21, 2011 at 3:26 PM

1) casa burrito (clayton shopping center)
2)Salsa (willow pass across from park & shop)
3) El Faro (on Monument)

73 tim rivas February 21, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Casa Gourmet Burrito rocks!

74 AnonH February 21, 2011 at 3:45 PM

El Pollo Loco on Clayton near FoodMax.

75 BurritoBoy February 21, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Taqueria La Plaza and Los Alto Taqueria are near my work and bring me burrito pleasure. I have heard very good things about El Farolito and Los Gallos but have yet to have the opportunity.

76 Nikki P February 21, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Pay Attention: Really’ get’ a life’

77 lo February 21, 2011 at 3:56 PM

@Zorphious While La Fortuna has the BEST Chile Verde in San Pablo… I must say, Cabo (SP Ave and 29th/Vale) has far superior burritos!!

Dammnit.. now I need to get my butt to SP for yummy noms…

78 William February 21, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Cinco de Mayo, hands down the best burrito

79 El Diablo February 21, 2011 at 4:14 PM

mR, msyer
wee ned spl chuck!

80 Craig Cannon February 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I just had an El Faro wet burrito for lunch. Always great food. El Faro is in the old “Jollys Beefburgers”, building, is it not?. There is something familiar about the place.

81 RQ February 21, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Flamingos in Bay Point

82 I'm The Urban Spaceman February 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

another vote for El Farolito on Grant…the Avocado/Jalapeño Salsa is excellent on everything.

83 SAR February 21, 2011 at 4:58 PM

El Faro! (The Lighthouse)

84 Darin February 21, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Guadalajara Grill Mexican Restaurant, chile verde. Yummy.

85 Raeray February 21, 2011 at 5:17 PM

los tacos pancho has the best burrito they sell and california burrito thats to die for

86 Burrito Pedrito February 21, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Los Gallos all the way holmes!!!!

87 ConcordCarlos February 21, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Guadalajara on Monument.
Best MTZ, Roach coach at the MTZ dump. Waterbird way @ Waterfront. Don’t hate.

88 I'm The Urban Spaceman February 21, 2011 at 5:55 PM


I had a California Burrito once in S Lake Tahoe(can’t remember name, just before Regan Beach), thinking it would have Avocado in it.
Their version had French Fries…the bottom of the burrito was disgusting…cold damp fries.

89 Pixxie February 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM

If you have not been to Cinco De Mayo on Concord Blvd go have a Burrito and then come back and vote, trust me you will say Cinco De Mayo. I believe they have on in Martinez as well and I know they opened another one on the corner of Ygnacio & Clayton Road by Stop & Go. The one on Concord Blvd THE BEST

90 Newhallian February 21, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Taquieria Los Gallos on Clayton Rd. (the old Taco Bell).
the food is FRESH and they offer Wheat tortilla’s!
Portions are generous and priced right.
Excellent Salsa bar as well!

Guadalajara Grill used to be good.. they don’t season their meat (except for fajita meat) so I’ll never go back.

91 Us February 21, 2011 at 6:46 PM

The Mr.casts his vote for El Farolito. I say Los Gallos hands down, perfection in every bite!!

92 NoNoNoNoNo February 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM

CHAVINDA MEXICAN FOOD in Martinez off Pine St (514 Center Ave, next to Nob Hill). All family run/owned. Best steak burritto out there by far. They have really cheap catering prices as well.

93 Cheryl in WC February 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

My vote is with El Farolito on Grant… the taqueria in Las Montanas Supermarket comes in second.

94 anon February 21, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Casa Gourmet in Clayton (and Lafayette) is the best! Our favorite is the curry chicken burrito. Awesome flavor and consistently so.

95 Burrito Lover February 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Los Panchos is the best!

96 anonymous February 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Mexican Buritto on Monument/Reganti dr. I drive across town to get one.

97 anon February 21, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Is Los Gallos in Todos Santos affiliated with Los Gallos on Clayton Rd?

98 Lola February 21, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Tacos los Panchos. The food is great and the owners are very friendly.

99 streetsmart February 21, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Los Ponchos in Pacheco. Its the only Mexican food in the county that doesn’t make my tummy hurt. :)

100 Hexa February 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Los Tacos de Pancho next to Big 5 is the best!!!!

101 Anotherme February 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

El Faro on Monument is my favorite. I like the chicken quesadilla “wrapped” like a big juicy burrito. Service is fast and food is consistently good. Great prices, too.

102 anon February 21, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Salsa on Delta Fair Blvd next to Kaiser in Antioch is really great for burritos and incredibly delicious and quality Mexican food that you won’t get anywhere else. The Sopes are awesome!

103 Anon64 February 21, 2011 at 11:42 PM

Favorite burrito (American style) is Lisa’s Hot dogs and Burritos on Clayton Road near Lucky.

Favorite burrito (Mexican Style) Las Montanas in Park ‘n Shop, Willow Pass Rd.

104 Raider Scott February 22, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Los Gallos is by far the best !!!!

105 Burrito Boy February 22, 2011 at 12:25 AM

Casa Gourmet Burrito is disgusting! Seriously? A place that has curry burritos and has sweet and sour sauce isn’t Mexican food. They also put lettuce in their burritos. Disgusting wanna-be yuppy burritos! I would choose Taco Bell over them any day and Taco Bell is disgusting so that is saying a lot.

Tacos Pancho’s by Big 5 is great and so is Chavinda in Martinez.

106 MrBenJangles February 22, 2011 at 7:56 AM

Maybe there is so much debate here, because, for the most part, a burrito is a burrito. If you Yelp all of these places, each, except taco bell and chipotle, have about 80% positive ratings. Personally, the El Tri at Los Pinos is great. El Farolito is delicious. Cinco De Mayo is hit or miss, but usually pretty good. El Faro is a fire-rhea factory. Pretty much all of those little holes-in0the-wall throughout Concord are gonna be great…it is difficult to mess up beans, seared meat, and sauce.

107 idiot Josh February 22, 2011 at 8:20 AM

“Josh February 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

we’re talking best burrito in Claycord and people are saying Chipotle? probably the same type of people who would pick lil wayne over radiohead…”

Idiot Josh-ie boy,
You criticized but provided NO input. NICE!

Nobody mentioned any burrito places that offer WHOLE WHEAT tortillas. There’s only one place on Willow Pass near the old Cost Plus that does, too bad they charge extra for Cheese?!?!

Besides that one, the only consistent burritos without Fat and gristle are the ones at Chipotle, sorry Joshie boy. No doubt, we would see Rhianna, Justin Bieber & Katy Perry on your Ipod.

108 poo February 22, 2011 at 8:49 AM

I do…

109 Ian February 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Los Tacos De Pancho – awesome tri-tip burrito, great camerones burrito

Mexican Burrito – if you like wet burritos, this place is awesome

110 Ian February 22, 2011 at 10:35 AM

I wish we could get a Cotijas in Nor-Cal.
They have the greatest breakfast burrito ever!!! Hash Brown Burrito!!!

111 Ceiba February 22, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Burritos – Los Pinos el tri burrito!
Tacos(crispy) – Los Panchos
Enchiladas – Forgot the name lol but it’s that place between the fire station and timeout. The sauce they use is out of this world.

112 Claytron February 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

My vote goes to the Gourmet Burrito in the Clayton Station. Don’t know if it qualifies as “authentic”, but they’re damn good

113 bellaitaliana February 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

also good is Jalisco Burritos in Walnut Creek’s Citrus Center. They’re awesome!

114 Anon February 22, 2011 at 12:00 PM

I agree with Miss Diagnosis. Los Gallos next to Safeway in PH used to be my favorite burrito place until I ordered a nasty, rubbery, cartillage-filled chicken super burrito about a month ago. I always thought it was a much cleaner restaurant than the one by todos santos but the cleanliness and food quality have gone downhill fast. I wouldn’t say it’s nasty yet but definitely getting there.

I am not a big fan of Los Panchos and always thought their food was overrated and lacking authenticity (the owners aren’t even mexican so what do you expect). I was actually disappointed when they moved into the old Balazo in Danville a few months ago. I was hoping we would get a more authentic mexican restaurant in town post-balazo but that didn’t happen. Oh well, I’ll have to keep coming back to Claycord to get my burrito fix.

115 Concordian February 22, 2011 at 3:56 PM

I can’t believe nobody has mentioned El Molino on Monument. It is consistently awesome, fresh tortillas, authentic seasonings, and great prices. With burritos it is really all about the seasoning. Anyone can put together a decent burrito, but the authentic flavor is what makes it great. I have visited nearly every taqueria in the area; los gallos and el farro are significantly worse. Go and get the al pastor tacos, you won’t be disappointed.

116 raeray February 22, 2011 at 5:17 PM

I’m The Urban Spaceman,
yes i agree that it should have guac but u have to ask for it and the french fries are curly fries and los panchos tacos makes it great i add the sour cream and guac and its literally the best burrito ive ever eaten next ill be trying the san deigo style fries they sound great!

117 Jimmy Knee Cricket February 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM


Wheat tortilla?!?!? WHEAT TORTILLA ?!?!?

What cold fire and warm snow is that????

118 D.V. GUY February 22, 2011 at 8:16 PM

Los Tacos De Pancho Tri tip burrito wet with mole, Carnitas wet/verde
the prawn quesadilla isn’t bad either. Tacos al pastor are tasty too

Los Gallos burrito Banado/ Red and their salsa bar is outstanding!

Los Altos Tacos al pastor (best in town) and the best torta al pastor!

Since we seem to be nominating out of town spots La Cumbre in the Mission is loco, crazy good, insane etc…. but caution is the word after dark! you might need to buy an extra burrito for the street peeps.

119 Maura February 23, 2011 at 5:39 AM

El Molino on Monument. Best everything.

120 burritos!!! February 23, 2011 at 11:02 PM

1) Del valle super mercado on monument
2) Los altos in the parkand shop
3) los gallos

121 Bowsprite February 24, 2011 at 6:45 AM

Most definitely it’s Mexican Burritos on Monument at Reganti – we’ve been eating there for 20 years

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