By now you have probably heard that Chipotle closed 43 of its locations in the Pacific Northwest this week after an E. Coli outbreak sent at least eight people to the hospital. Though none of the stores were in California, we’re still going to take a little break from Chipotle. Just to be safe…
Tava Indian Kitchen (SoMa)
Serving up assembly line-style Indian cuisine, this casual dining spot is literally known as the “Chipotle for Indian food.” All of their produce is locally-sourced, the meat is hormone-free, and their dishes are designed with the healthy eater in mind.
Order the… Lamb burroti. It’s a melt-in-your-mouth combination of rice, tender lamb meat, and a sauce of your choosing (you should choose tikka) all wrapped up in handmade roti bread.
Blaze Pizza (Next to SFSU)
At this build-your-own pizza palace, you choose it all — the dough, the sauce, the cheese, the toppings and even the drizzle. The seemingly endless options of artisanal ingredients may overwhelm you, so thankfully the kind folks at Blaze also have a menu of signature pies.
Order the… Green Stripe pizza with grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, garlic, arugula and a lovely pesto drizzle. And after dinner, don’t miss out on the s’mores pie.
Tender Greens (SoMa)
This fast-casual salad, sandwich and soup shop boasts a farm-to-table model, partnerships with local farmers and a commitment to sustainable business practices. The delicious, fresh, organic food explains why there’s almost always a line out the door.
Order the… Herb Brushed Albacore on a simple salad of butter lettuce. The fish is always light, tender, and perfectly seasoned.
Taqueria La Cumbre (Mission)
This place is the original Chipotle. As in, Chipotle got the idea of assembly-line style burritos from these guys. In 1969, they were the first restaurant to make Mission Style burritos made-to-order, allowing customers to choose each individual ingredient for the first time.
Order the… Super Burrito with lingua (tongue) — an ingredient you won’t see on the menu at Chipotle. Dress up your massive burrito with some spicy salsas from the self-serve salsa bar.