Taqueria La Cumbre (San Mateo, CA)
Score: 6.5 / 10 Reviewed by: Chris
La Cumbre is a bright white building on the north side of San Mateo's downtown center. It appears large, but is actually quite small on the inside. It is decorated with many placards and reviews, all with the common theme of how it is superior to every other taqueria. Most of these reviews and `awards' are years out of date, and many refer to the SF location. As good as the SF location is, this one in San Mateo is not worthy of `best taqueria'
The Deluxe burrito here is the equivalent of a `super' in most other places, including guacamole, sour cream and cheese. (La Cumbre's `super' adds lettuce and tomato.) There are several meat choices including a few you can't find everywhere, such as chile verde chicken and chile colorado. You can watch your burrito being created, but that may not a good thing- there's something unappetizing about watching the sour cream squirted from a condiment bottle. They don't cook their tortillas here at all, so expect your fingers to have a fine layer of powder (flour i presume) when you're through.
La Cumbre gains back a point with a decent salsa bar. Chips are pre-bagged for you, but are likely to be stale. Buried in the corner to the left of the cashier's station is the salsa bar. There are several selections of salsa, as well as jalapenos and other condiments. The red and orange salsas i like in particular- just a bit of spiciness without overpowering the flavor of the salsa.
The prices here have gone up recently. The Deluxe burrito is now $8. That's expensive, and these burritos are on the small side compared to the competition in town. So this is a poor deal. At least they don't charge for chips.
La Cumbre isn't bad per se, but a few annoying details keep it down a bit. It's certainly not the best place in the Bay Area, nor even San Mateo. Still, you can get a decent lunch here if you're tired of the many other taquerias in the area.
posted 12/18/2006 1:59 PM, updated on 4/18/2014 2:35 PM