pho, the Crescent City has a lot to choose from, but there is one item it lacks: an delectable, yet affordable burrito. Whenever I come back to visit my family in the Bay Area, I have to go to one of my favorite "hole-in-the-wall" taquerias, La Cumbre.
La Cumbre has actually been around a lot longer than I thought. Back in 1967, La Cumbre got its start on Valencia Street in San Francisco, setting a standard for "Mission-style" burritos in Northern California. I was surprised when my sister informed me that she actually went to high school with the owner's son and it was he, as well as other friendly recommendations, who got my sister (and thus my whole family) hooked on the excellent burritos at La Cumbre.
Cumbre's salsa verde is far and away one of the best taqueria salsas ever and I love to pour little blobs on my burrito before each bite.
The Bay Area is definitely not lacking in great burrito spots. In San Mateo alone I used to frequent Three Amigos and Las Palamos among others on a regular basis, but I will never pass up a burrito from La Cumbre. I think soon New Orleans will have more choices for cheap, delicious burritos, but until then I will just have to reminisce about the place I grew up with.