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Best al pastor: Redwood City to mountain view

Want to do a quick taqueria run, so don't want to drive too far. Votes for best tacos in these areas. Love al pastor, but open to other wonderful taquerias. We have tried several, but thought i would see what other think. Put in your votes!

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  1. Dietary restrictions make my al pastor ingestion somewhat limited but a couple of months ago I caved and tried some at the Mi Rancho Supermarket on Roosevelt in Redwood City (it's a half block up from El Camino - BevMo is a good landmark). This is a counter operation in the back of the market and was a new addition when they remodeled earlier this year. Maybe it's because I don't eat this often, but it tasted very righteous to me! They were making the tortillas there and grilling them on the flat top. Every time I shop at this market (good basic produce prices) I walk past that counter and look longingly at the al pastor... sigh...

    1. i now someone who likes the al pastor at Chavez Market in Sunnyvale. They have 2 locations in Redwood City

      http://www.chavezsuper.com/indexENG.html

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      1. re: kc72

        The Chavez in Hayward is my favorite place in the Bay to get a burrito, and I usually go with al pastor. I've never been to any other location though.

      2. I'm a big fan of:

        Three Brothers Tacos
        (650) 324-8801
        2220 University Ave
        East Palo Alto, CA

        Great meats, and great agua fresca to wash it down with.

        1. I like the El Grillense across from the RWC library.

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          1. re: gb44

            Toss in my vote for La Bamba in MV. I like to get 4-6 soft tacos with one of each kind of meat.

            1. re: Porthos

              second La Bamba. Awesome food.

              1. re: coolcamden

                had the La Bamba in El Cerrito/Richmond the other day, it took about 20-25 minutes for 2 regular burritos and a quesadilla!

                carnitas were drier than normal.

                1. re: kc72

                  The kitchen at the Richmond location could be used for a study in poor layout and inefficient work flow. Obviously they try to keep up with the rushes, but they just can't. Is there a reality TV show for making over commercial kitches? ;-)

                  The few times I've ordered it, the carnitas in Richmond seemed much saltier than in Mountain View. ??

                2. re: coolcamden

                  La Bamba is EXCELLENT...but you might be making a huge mistake if you at least didn't try the carnitas.

            2. Taqueria Mar Y Tierra 1475 Broadway Redwood City is the best Al pastor I've ever tasted. The rest of the menu is excellent as well. Authentic Mexican food. Also has excellent seafood menu. Can't go wrong here....Doesn't matter if you try the Al pastor super burrito, tacos, tostadas, tortas, quesadillas, or nachos it's all good.

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              1. re: drob256

                It's off topic, but the coctel de camarones (shrimp cocktail) at Mar y Tierra was great the 2-3 times I tried it there!

              2. My favorite al pastor tacos come from Redwood City - the El Grullo truck, which is usually parked somewhere on Middlefield, near the train tracks. Recently, they were parked in an auto shop parking lot next to the post office. The tacos are solid taco truck: greasy, easy to pick up in one hand and $1 each. The actual meat quality isn't great, but topped with their red salsa and some sweet onions, it's a great taco. Carne asada isn't so good here, but chicken's not bad.

                1. Okay, try this one: Taquaria San Jose at 24th and Mission in San Francisco. I used to go there pretty frequently and hadn't been there for years. But a few months ago I stopped there after getting off BART at 24th on my way to Ritual Roasting, and it was the same as ever--very funky, but oh my god; the al pastor taccos are to die for, if not advised for those who are "juice sensitive." (Many years ago I worked at a hamburger joint in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where Ray, the night man, used to gather all the grease from the burgers, which he referred to as "juice," on a spatula and dump it on the burger patties before depositing them in the buns.)

                  And speaking of Ritual Roasting, if you like espresso drinks and haven't been there, just go. It and Blue Bottle Coffee's Linden Alley kiosk are light years ahead of anything else in the Bay Area.

                  --Richard