Skip to content

SF Flag 4.0

September 7, 2015

hey so based on the SS Sutro,

 yet another SF flag design!


see also

Edwin Fox: Never Forget!

August 12, 2015

Take a moment to remember the 300,000 IPA thrown overboard to save the Edwin Fox off the coast of India on August 12, 1869. 

You know what to do. 

SF Flag 3.0

June 27, 2015

Long time readers will remember our previous discussions regarding the flag of San Francisco

Recently @romanmars put forth a call to have a new flag rise like a phoenix from the old Frisco flag. 

By the power vested in me by the LLCoVE (La Lengua Center of Vexillogical Excellence) I hereby present a new proposal.

On foggy days you will be required to fly this flag:


Reasons why this is appropriately awesome:

  • 7×7, more or less (SF is actually 46.87 square miles so at 46.5 squares (count ’em) this [fl|m]a[g|p] is surprisingly accurate)
  • @karlthefog (h/t @andrewjfaulkner)
  • if you can’t figure out the red square well there is not much I can do for you

Like all successful flags I believe my design is so powerful it does not need to be discussed. Thank you. Ed Lee will be delivering one (well both) to your home via Muni shortly.


For those looking for a traditional tricolor, tip your burrito in respect towards the glory of blue, grey and foil:


And with a new flag comes a new motto:

Aluminio en Paz y Niebla en Guerra

Sutro Circles

June 25, 2015


Three shots taken via iPhone through the Stamen Sutroscope and glommed together with AutoStitch.

Burrito Law

May 14, 2015

As burritos transcend the Mission, we here at Burrito Justice keep a watchful eye on quality worldwide and frankly, it’s not looking good. One of our agents has just reported in from the United Kingdom:



WTAF England. Looks like Gibbons needs to get cracking on a new book.

Despite our best efforts, we are seeing escalating threats, both international and domestic, against the sanctity of burritos. This must cease.

By the powers vested in me by the City and Country of San Francisco, Junipero Serra and Febronio Ontiveros, I hereby declare BURRITO LAW:

Statute 1:

Statute 2:

We frankly cannot believe these first two statutes are necessary but that is what things have come to, folks. It is indeed an era so dark that our next statue is sadly required. Brace yourselves:

Statute 3:

That’s right people, not all cylinders are created equal. We have no choice but to implement appellation d’origine contrôlée de burrito: if it’s not made in a county that touches San Francisco Bay, it’s not a burrito. (OK, fine, Santa Cruz too. Any county that touches a county that touches the Bay. But we get to disqualify any burritos in these secondary counties. Caveat Burritor.)

“But what about a burrito bowl?” some have asked. Sure! A burrito bowl is a burrito, as long as these conditions apply:

Any transgressions of these three statutes should be immediately reported to the BBB (Better Burrito Bureau):


We are a kind and generous people and realize that inspired individuals may transcend the unfortunate limitations that geography has imposed on them. If you feel your local, non-Bay Area burrito meets our standards, you are wrong, but do feel free to send in form BE-4101 in triplicate:

Note that any and all burritos exported from the BABE (Bay Area of Burrito Excellence) are and will continue to be burritos with legal and moral standing until their consumption, presuming of course that Statue 1 and Statue 2 are not transgressed. These include burritos smuggled on airplanes, delivered by the Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel and of course via the all-powerful Burrito Railgun.

burrito rail gun hunters point


burrito rail gun launch

All others, enjoy your cylinders of sadness! Or jump on a flight to SFO and hop on BART to 24th St.




Bikes to Books Rides Again!

May 8, 2015

Come ride the Bikes to Books tour with us on Saturday, May 30! Both the foldable maps and our new posters will be available for sale.

It’s a surprisingly easy ride, and you can have an IPA at the end.

bikes to books map cropbikes to books timeline crop


Bikes to Books Annual Springtime Ride!

Saturday, May 30, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Meet at 12:45 p.m. at Jack London Street, at South Park in San Francisco

Ride will commence at 1:00 p.m. sharp

Ride will end at approximately 4:00 p.m. in North Beach, outside City Lights Books

Bring bikes with gears, snacks, and enthusiasm.

Event is free. Maps and posters will be available for purchase.

Combining San Francisco history, art, literature, cycling, and urban exploration,  “Bikes to Books” began as an bike ride homage to the 1988 street-naming project spearheaded by City Lights founder and former San Francisco Poet Laureate, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, in which twelve San Francisco streets were renamed for famous artists and authors who had once made San Francisco their home. The 7.1 mile tour, which takes between two and three hours to complete, is admittedly not for the faint of heart nor gear—these streets were not chosen for their proximity to bike lanes, and there is plenty of traffic to dodge, hills to climb, one-way streets, and even a set of stairs. But it’s a diverting and unique way to celebrate both the literary and the adventurous spirit of San Francisco. First published in 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and later in partnership with City Lights Books, the physical map can be found in many of San Francisco’s finest book emporiums, and is appropriate for use as a navigational tool, a history lesson, and a unique work of art in its own right.

Sitting on the Dock of Bay and Taylor Street

March 10, 2015
tags: ,

Just one of those maps that makes your brain hurt. The (near) original San Francisco coast via the 1886 Sanborn Maps, when Bay St ran next to San Francisco Bay, and Beach St was water lots. Montgomery is today’s Columbus. (Click to zoom).


1886 SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay

FINE FINE here it is in BurritoVision:

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay

I found a saloon, right on the water! SALOON ZOOM:

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay crop

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay saloon

A saloon AND a dressing room for bathers no less. I suppose you would need a drink before plunging in next to the old lead smelter.

1886 burritovision SF Hyde to Powell, Jefferson to Bay lead bath



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,564 other followers