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Aug 11, 2006 07:39 PM

Food from Market at Hammond & Summit in Pasadena

A fellow hound recommended the al pastor from the market at the corner of Hammond and Summit in Pasadena (it has no name) and I tried it today and it was indeed excellent.
This place is a corner market with a guy who cooks in the back. They make all sorts of tacos and burritos and the menu is on a marker board outside.
I had two carnitas (w/ green sauce) and two al pastor (w/ red sauce) tacos.
And even though the original post-er was praising their pastor, I thought it was their carnitas that was even better: just enough fat to cut through the dryness making a perfect blend of chewy and moist.

(I would have linked this to the original post but i couldn't find it)

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  1. Nice review.

    Thanks for confirming WildSwede's initial positive review:

    Sounds like this place is Bandini worthy

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    1. re: Norm Man

      thanks for tfinding the orginal thread. i went back to this place again and had more great tacos. i think the kid working there (about 12) is the son of the cook.
      more info - all the tacos are $1 and both times I've been I've had homeless people in front of me in line. if you eat outside on the street you join in.

      1. re: Norm Man

        I had the asada (red sauce) and lengua (green sauce) tacos today for lunch. This place makes extraordinarily good tacos!
        (And it looked to be mom working today, unlike the other times when it was dad, but the son always seems to be there)
        the asada tacos had a little bit of char cripyness flavor, but i think the key here is the perfect blend of pre-cooking spice + cilantro and onion and hot sauce added later.
        And something inside tells me thath keeping the onion and cilantro separate until served on the taco keeps some integrity to these ingredients.