We’ll start with the good stuff tonight. The Chron has launched a discussion of Mexican food beyond the burrito, describing several Bay Area Mexican dining establishments.

Beloved by almost everyone, the Mission-style burrito is both a blessing and a curse for Mexican cuisine. The cheap, filling, fast and flavor-packed burrito is a wonderful creation in its own right, though it bears little resemblance to what is served in Mexico.

In February, Dominguez and his mother opened La Calle Asadero Mexicano, a taqueria that they consider more traditionally Mexican. La Calle burritos contain just meat, salsa and beans, unlike a super Mission burrito.

Correct. Unlike many burritos sold further south (including the common rice-less form of burrito preferred in Los Angeles taquerias,) most San Francisco burritos throw rice into the meat, salsa and beans mix. I’d like to point out that El Faro, as one of the older taquerias in the Mission, does offer a “taqueria style” burrito that does not contain rice. Meanwhile, if you’d like a slightly more refined sit-down Mexican establishment in the Mission, I could toss Cava 22‘s name into the ring.

Mmm, the SFBG arts & culture blog Pixel Vision brings us words and photos from the 3rd Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at Fort Mason. Exciting because not only holy smokes is that a lot of chocolate, but one of the pictures clearly shows Mission-produced chocolate Kika’s treats. Check the Mission Loc@l profile here.

Last, Mission Mission brings us several interesting posts today, including one of old fire insurance maps showing an old smithy and marble works at 16th and Mission, and another one which, well is just kinda funny.