La Pinata (San Mateo, CA)
Score: 7 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
La Pinata is a Salvadoran restaurant at the far north end of B street in San Mateo (burrito row). Not properly a taqueria, they never the less serve up some darn fine burritos.
There are only a few meat choices here, including pastor, carnitas, steak and chicken (sadly no chile verde). Do not expect to receive your burrito quickly: it'll be a good 15 minutes. But you can watch them prepare it the entire way. The carnitas is very good- portions of it are crispy (they could try flipping the meat on the grill at least once), while others are tender. The chicken is well-infused with a tomato base. I'm not as keen about the pastor, though it's pretty good. The guacamole here is excellent, but unfortunately it's not always integrated in well; usually found only right in the middle. A couple other minor integration issues may exist, but the flavor makes up for it.
The chips and salsa that come with your burrito are borderline inedible. The chips may be store bought (not sure), and the salsa is pretty standard. There is no salsa bar.
A super burrito here is only $4.95, a great price. These aren't the biggest burritos in the area by any stretch, but is still plenty for most people.
La Pinata is definitely worth a try if you're in the area. Good prices and good burritos, but with a somewhat limited selection.
posted 4/17/2007 12:47 PM, updated on 1/11/2014 3:39 PM