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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LA CUMBRE MEXICAN RESTAURANT - SAN FRANCISCO, CA

LA CUMBRE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

LA CUMBRE MEXICAN RESTAURANT
515 VALENCIA STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA  94110
415-863-8205

We wanted to knock La Cumbre off our "Bucket List" of restaurants to try while in San Francisco.  This famous and celebrated Taqueria has been serving up quality Mexican food since 1967 and was the first Taqueria in San Francisco.  It is the birthplace of the famous "Mission Style" burrito that is now served by chain restaurants throughout the United States.  The La Cumbre menu is massive.  There is a menu board above the counter where you order, but for the entire selection of dishes you need to grab the take out menu that is near the cash register.  The menu includes Appetizers, Soups, Salads, Tortas, Burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas, Seafood, Fajitas and a huge selection of vegetarian dishes.  Meat choices include Pollo Asado (Lean Grilled and All Natural Chicken), Carne Asada (Lean Grilled Grass Fed USDA Choice Angus Steak), Pollo En Chili Rojo (Chicken Breast with Herb Sauce), Lengua (Beef Tongue with Red Herb Sauce), Carnitas (Roasted Lean Fresh Pork), Pork Chili Verde (Pork Simmered in Green Tomatillos), Al Pastor (BBQ Pork), Steak Chili Colorado (Choice Angus Steak in Red Herb Sauce and Pollo En Chile Verde (Chicken Breast in Green Tomatillo Sauce).  You can also order your burrito Vegetarian with Sautéed Seasoned Vegetables, Tofu, Eggplant or Falafel Patties.  You can choose between flour, wheat or spinach tortillas and Whole Pinto, Whole Black or Refried Beans.  You can order your Mission Style Burrito in various sizes;
Super Burrito - Meat, Beans, Rice, Salsa, Cheese, Guacamole, Sour Creme, lettuce and tomato ($8.50)
Deluxe Burrito - All above minus the lettuce and tomato ($7.75)
Regular Burrito - Meat, Beans, Rice and Salsa ($6.50)
Petite Burrito - A Smaller version of the Regular ($4.50)
Combo Burrito - Any 2 Meats, Beans, Rice and Salsa ($7.75)
Fajita Burrito - Meat Fajitas, Beans, Rice and Salsa ($7.75)
All Meat - Pick your favorite Meat ($8.00)
Make any Burrito Super with Cheese, Sour Creme, Guacamole and Salsa ($9.95)
After you choose your tortilla, meat and preparation, you can choose between Hot or Mild Green or Red Chile Sauces.  I went for the Deluxe Carne Asada Burrito on a flour tortilla with hot red sauce.  The burrito was pretty bland to be honest.  The meat did not taste like it was seasoned and the beans and rice did not add much to the taste.  Thought this was just and o.k. burrito.  Would not go out of my way to eat one of these again.  We also tried the  Baja Style Seafood Taco ($4.25).  This was a huge mess that you could not pick up and eat like a taco.  Tons of lettuce with a few pieces of lightly breaded fish.  Again not much taste.  

LA CUMBRE MEXICAN RESTAURANT IS HOME OF THE "MISSION STYLE" BURRITO
STAND IN LINE AND ORDER/PAY AT THE COUNTER
SMALL SEATING AREA

SIMPLE HAND CARVED CHAIRS ADD SOME LATIN SPICE TO THE SPACE
VIEW OF RESTAURANT FACING VALENCIA STREET
MENU ABOVE KITCHEN AND COUNTER - GRAB THE TAKEOUT MENU TO SEE EVERYTHING
MEATS ARE HAND CUT WHEN YOU ORDER YOUR BURRITO
CARNE ASADA ON THE GRILL FOR MY BURRITO
LA CUMBRE MISSION STYLE BURRITO WRAPPED IN FOIL
MISSION STYLE BURRITO IS LARGE
STEAK, BEANS, RICE, GUACAMOLE, LETTUCE, TOMATO AND SALSA
NICE PORTIONS BUT NOT MUCH BOLD FLAVOR
THIS BURRITO NEEDED SOMETHING MORE TO KICK UP THE FLAVOR
SEAFOOD TACO 
SEAFOOD TACO WAS NOTHING LIKE THE BAJA STYLE TACOS SERVED IN MEXICO

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