Hours: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Every night till 2
This south-side taqueria specializing in tacos al pastor also offers birria and menudo daily.
The sign in front of Taqueria El Pastor shows a hand slicing meat from the flaming meat cone, but before you go in, peek in the front window and make sure the spit is spinning. You can get your tacos al pastor carved fresh, but you have to ask for them that way; standard operating procedure seems to be to griddle meat before serving--which is understandable, especially during slow periods. We had several tacos of lightly marinated, excellently broiled meat, squirted with a little hot sauce to add piquancy. Tortas of carne asada are also very good, though much of the menu is standard taqueria fare, with the exception of birria and menudo, which are available here every day rather than offered as weekend specials. There are fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, as well as fresh fruit milk shakes that may make you feel a little better about being so unabashedly carnivorous.
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