La Pinata Mexicatesen
120 North B Street (Near 1st Ave)
San Mateo, CA 94401
La Pinata Mexicatesen is a Salvadorean/Mexican restaurant in San Mateo, near the Caltrain station. It is located in an area that is full of Hispanic businesses and opened in early 2008.
Decor, Vibe – Hole in the wall, cafeteria style decor with simple tables and chairs, open kitchen and counter on one side. Large paintings and pictures on the walls. Good racial mix with lots of Hispanics, blending with many other races.
Menu (Click to zoom into any picture)
La Pinata Mexicatesen Menu serves Breakfast, lunch and dinner. House Specialty Pupusas, Traditional Mexican items, and traditional plates are all covered. The lady taking orders is friendly but speaks very little English. They have real Coke from Mexico! They have free chips and nachos that are pretty forgettable.
Horchata ($2 for regular) was excellent. Very creamy and a bit on the sweet side. One of the better ones we have tasted.
Pupusas de maiz (Corn) ($2) are hand made tortillas stuffed with cheese, deep fried pork. Fair amount of greasy on top, nice corn tortilla, and a very thin layer of pork inside. Solid rendition of the classic, but not perfect.
Al Pastor Burrito ($5.25 for regular) was very good and pretty big. Lots of meat, with some chunks on the fatty side. Robust flavors with a the sauce a bit salty.
Chicken Quesadilla ($5.95) was another strong dish. Excellent cheese flavors blended with a sparing amount of chicken, inside a golden brown tortilla. Guacamole was excellent. Fresh, creamy, and limey.
La Pinata Mexicatesen is the type of place where you order and the food is brought to you in about 10-15 minutes. Food quality was solid and prices right, making this a good choice for those looking to fill up on good Salvadorean/Mexican cuisine. The food is more authentic than most Americanized restaurants. Some may still prefer places like nearby Pancho Villa Taqueria.