Best Of 2021

Best fancy burrito: Filet mignon burrito at Red Mesa

Filet mignon burrito at Red Mesa

Burritos are so intrinsically scrumptious that it’s hard to elevate one from another. Red Mesa—one of the Bay area’s most consistently excellent restaurants for over 20 years—has more than managed the feat. The key is replacing the ground beef (or pork or chicken) with delicate chunks of filet, which is never anything but melt-in-your-mouth juicy and tender. The meat joins a sublime blend of monterey jack cheese, poblano pepper, onion, red pepper and tomato. It’s well worth the $25 for a burrito this outstanding. Comes with black beans and cilantro rice.