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Popular Mexican near Mission with many vegan options

Papalote goes beyond the standard Mexican vegetarian option of a veggie burrito, including tofu and soy chorizo as options for burritos and tacos. They also have vegetarian mole sauce for tofu mole, a somewhat rare find.

Added by Matt Mackall on Dec 11 04 (last updated Sep 11 08)

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This is one of the most vegan-friendly burrito joints I have ever visited. Not only does Papalote have a marinated tofu option, but they actually have a vegan "soyrizo" burrito! Best of all, all of the beans are vegan (none of them are fried in lard, as is the case with many "authentic" Mexican places). My only complaint is that they don't have vegan sour cream or soy cheese. If they had those options, I would give them a rating of "excellent."

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I tried to go here on a Friday night in July 2008. It was 9 p.m. when I got to the door, and still an hour to closing time, but they wouldn't let me in. They actually had a busboy keeping his hand on the door to not let anyone inside.

There were a few people inside and two or three waiting in line to order at the counter. Given that they were still one hour to close, I was pretty angry to be turned away with no explanation, especially as that neighborhood isn't so inviting at night. I ended up at Herbivore about a 15-minute walk down the road.

Make sure to call ahead to see that this place will let you in.

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At Valencia, near Mission and 24th BART


No Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$ - inexpensive


  • Mexican



11am - 10pm
11am - 9pm

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