my friend is in town and has been asking me to make al pastor but I can not find a recipe so I am willing to take him somewhere to get it.
Any suggestions of somewhere that might be good?
I live in Los Feliz.
Agree about that Carnitas Michaocan. They are located on the N/W corner of North Broadway at 19th, with parking in the back. Their al pastor is sliced from a rotisserie spit, and has onion in the mix though not pineapple. I would try to go at a busy time -- lunch or dinner rush, or when the nearby schools get out in the afternoon -- and while the cook will ordinarily dish out the al pastor from a warming tray, I ask for it cut fresh from the roast and indicate I'm willing to wait for it to crisp up properly. Let us know how you like it, and be sure to get as many little thimbles of their superlative salsa roja as they'll give you, or spend an extra few bucks and buy a cupful.
Corner of Hicks and Cesar Chavez in East L.A. - southwest corner to be precise. A few blocks west of Gage, a few east of Lorena - east of Evergreen. Only at night. There is a street cart taco stand with the very best al pastor I have ever tasted outside of Mexico. As much as I love Carnitas Michoacan - especially since I don't live all that far from it - the street cart - no name that I know of - is truly fantastic, by far the best I have found in Los Angeles.
I've had quite a few of the E LA al pastor stands and recently eaten at this particular ELA al pastor stand. While popular, it still does not compare to the weekend-only cart proffered by La Soledad:
1917 S Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007
the Hick/Chavez cart's meat was a bit tough, the pina was dried and they didn't offer it until I specifically asked.
Soledad's stand is NOT the same stand further N on Vermont, in front of the car dealership. That particular stand re-grills the shaved al pastor which is a huge no-no in my book.
Finally, Tacos Al Pastor
5179 Santa Monica Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA
has an outside cart on the weekend with a rotating spit, but I do not believe they had pineapple and the pork was a bit underseasoned as well.
Second El Taurino - either inside or the truck that they set up for overflow on weekends. There's also surprisingly fantastic al pastor served from the El Paisan (sp?) taco truck that's parked on Sunset east of Elysian Park.
Taqueria Vista Hermosa, in the Mercado La Paloma does one of my favorite al pastors, served on wonderful homemade tortillas. Delicious.
Taqueria Vista Hermosa
3655 S Grand Ave Ste C5, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Don't forget to enlighten your friend that al pastor, what with the cumbersome apparatus with the spindle, vertical gas flames, or wood coals, in addition to the commercial quantity of sliced marinated pork to get started, is not a home made dish. That said, let him take you out to dinner...
El Taco Llama on Magnolia, two blocks east of Cahuenga Blvd. Although it is not carved off of a spit, it is some of the best al pastor I've had.
the best I've had are on a taco truck in city of industry..if you take 10 Fwy East to Peck rd north exit..then an immediate right on valley..it's down about a mile on the left next to a strip club..you'll see the line!
it's all business with these folks...
worth the drive...
ps. the vineland drive-in movie is right around the corner..one of my dog's favorite acitivities
Go to York Blvd. in Highland Park.
There is a truck that parks in the do-it-yourself carwash on York & 53. Very good Al Pastor.
There is also an outlaw cart that sets up everynight at 6:30 or so on the corner of Nolden and York - btwn 56 and 57 - outside the tireshop. Really good.
Also, another outlaw cart on the right side of York - 1/2 block before Figueroa if you are heading east on York - Really good.
Go and try all 3 and compare for yourself.