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La Michoacana in San Mateo - Cheap Greaseless Tasty Pupusa Lunch... Who Could Ask for More?

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katya Apr 21, 2006 03:22 AM

I just had some great pupusas yesterday at La Michoacana, a Mexican and Salvadoran restaurant in downtown San Mateo. The pupusas come filled with cheese, beans, chiaharrones, or "revuelta" which is a combination of everything. I got two cheese and beans ones, which had just the right combination of cheese and beans (that is, light on the beans). They were pleasantly not greasy and looked like perfect little round packets. They were served with curtido, a pickled cabbage salad, which was umimpressive by itself, but complemented the pupusas well when I took bites of both together.

I misunderstood the pricing of my pupusas and thought I was getting a steal with my lunch only costing $1.95. Well I was a little wrong about that. The pupusas are actually $1.95 each. Still, lunch under $6. How often does that happen?

Their complimentary salsa and chips were quite good. The chips were good and thick and not at all greasy or salty. The salsa was definitely way above average.

I can't wait to return to try the pupusas again and also to try some of their other Salvadoran dishes such as their $3.95 Empanadas de Leche (three lightly fried plantain shells stuffed with milk).

La Michoacana
251 S B St (near 3rd St.)
San Mateo
650.558.0069

  1. r
    RWCFoodie Apr 21, 2006 05:37 AM

    Thanks for the info on this place. I've walked by any number of times, usually going to or leaving another place and have wondered about it. Will make a point to give it a try!

    1. j
      Joy Apr 21, 2006 02:37 PM

      You might want to try La Pinata, which also has great pupusas. It's also on B St., one block north of the train station.

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      1. re: Joy
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        katya Apr 21, 2006 08:52 PM

        Thanks! I heard about this place on the board a long time ago but had forgotten about it. I'll have to give it a try!

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