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Apr 25, 2008 10:16 AM

Craving tacos Al Pastor-Phoenix

Looking for the best Tacos Al Pastor in Central Phoenix (done the traditional way) My husband is from SF and ate these in the mission district growing up. I tried to make them, they were good but obvioulsy not done on the spit. Anyplace do them on the spit and if not who has the best?

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  1. I would try Ranch Market on 16th St. & Roosevelt. They've got the spit with the pineapple rings and onions right there.

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    1. re: ajs228

      has anyone been to Robert's Taco shop in the gas station (I believe that's the name) he was on Diner's, Drive-in's and Dives for his tacos al pastor but he did them on a flat top?

      1. re: travelchow

        Roberto's is the name. 7th Ave and Union Hills.

        1. re: Firenza00

          I have been there. I've had their pastor (it's good!), and they've got the big spit of meat too. I didn't see, but it's possible they finish the mean on the grill.

          1. re: ajs228

            Ok, I went to Roberto's for lunch today, and there is no Pastor spit. I could have sworn there used to be. The Texas burrito was good, though.

            1. re: ajs228

              I thought they did too. We haven't been in a while, but I had heard that the family that had opened Roberto's in the Shell station had moved to the Anthem location. The current one in the Shell is same name, but different owners.

              Picture of carnitas and al pastor tacos from original Roberto's:

              Roberto's Mexican Food
              39510 N. Daisy Mountain Drive, Suite 170, Anthem, AZ 85086

          2. re: Firenza00

            There is also a Roberto's in Anthem, in the Fry's shopping plaza. Really good Tacos al Pastor!! Great salsa, too. Cheap!

      2. Ranch Market has the vertical spit with the meat on it but when I order tacos al pastor they get the meat from the steam table and it appears that the spit is more for appearance than anything.Their tacos al pastor taste just like all the other places in Phoenix that are done on a flat top.Nothing like what I'm used to in Mexico.
        If anyone knows of a place that has "real" tacos al Pastor actually carved off the spit, I'd love to know where it is.

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        1. re: twodogs

          I think the spit roasting method might run afoul of the health codes in many US jurisdictions. Apparently, the inspectors frown on the raw meat near the spit being kept in the 40-140-degree "danger zone" for extended periods. I don't know if Maricopa County has cracked down on this, but something I read said that Harris County in Texas (Houston area) has pretty much outlawed this method.

        2. This is what I think of when I am craving tacos al pastor.

          1. Not on a spit, but La Tolteca makes a good tacos al pastor.

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              Thanks for the rec.'s , i will have to check them out. Does anyone know if Pepe's Taco Villa makes them?

            2. Have you tried El Nopalito?

              It's a fave among several regualr posters here... a totally divey, minimal, strip mall place but with fantastic street-style tacos.

              I don't know if their Al Pastor tacos are carved from the spit, but I do know you can order 5 different types of fillings and each are distinct in flavor and texture. Pork, chicken, asada, etc. Some taste as though they are fresh off a BBQ and others seem to have been stewing nicely for hours in a green chile sauce.

              Now I'm craving tacos!

              Linky thing not working:
              2831 N 24th St
              Phoenix, AZ 85008

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              1. re: tastyjon

                NO, I will have to give it a try, thanks for the rec.!

                1. re: travelchow

                  Hey guys let's face it if is not done on the spit is not a taco al pastor - is one place in Glendale, on 53 av and Glendale av - they have the meat on the slpit but the flavor is not the correct one - I wish I can find a place that really make the autentic ones - some plces outside Chicago have big spits - if you really find one please let me know - I will drive to and eat 20