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Stuff a burrito with anything, including chunks of chicken breast.

Are these the best burritos in the nation?

Published: Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 - 8:35 am

The beauty of the burrito is plain and simple: It’s versatile. You can stuff the grilled or steamed flour tortilla with anything you can dream up, such as beans, meat, fish, veggies, rice, salsa, cilantro, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and the kitchen sink.

Now the editors at the “all things food and drink” website The Daily Meal have gone out on a limb and listed what they believe are America’s 20 Best Burritos (

They explain: “In order to compile our ranking, we looked at burritos from all across the country and applied several strict criteria: Are all the ingredients fresh? Is there a good selection of meats and add-ons? Can you customize your order, right down to the amount of crema squeezed on top? Is it renowned by critics and locals alike in its city?”

Not surprisingly, among their picks are seven from California, including four in San Francisco — Papalote Mexican Grill (No. 1), La Taqueria (No. 2), Tacqueria Cancun (No. 6) and La Tapatia (No. 16). What’s not to like?

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Twitter: @apierleonisacbe

Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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Twitter: @Blarob

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