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 Most of these reviews and `awards' are years out of date, and many refer to the SF location.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. Unfortunately, on my last two trips here the meat has been very dry. Their chele verde here is good, though a bit soupy. Sadly, the guacamole does not seem to be present at all. 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 and chips. Chips are pre-bagged for you. They're a bit on the salty side, and at times can be over done or a bit 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 menu says a Deluxe burrito is $6.70. That's a pretty good price normally, but the slabs here are on the small size.
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 10/1/2013 7:52 PM