Al Pastor San Diego
Is there anywhere in or near San Diego to get good Al Pastor tacos? (Either on the spit or "fake-made")...are there any clandestine spit pastor taco makers in a certain area? Taco trucks with good sauce?
I like Mama Testas just ok. I had some good ones at El Callejon in Encinitas but that was about 6 years ago and they stopped making them good.
I ate some in Tijuana near the border that were too bland and chewy.
I had some good ones once at a taco truck in a gas station parking lot near Bakersfield.
In order of preference
Tacos El Paisa - Truck with spit and Indoor Spit
3069 National Ave
(between 30th St & 31st St)
La Fachada truck with spit
20 25th St
Tacos El Gordo Indoor Spit
1940 Highland Avenue
(between 19th St & 20th St)
All have been reviewed here
Some Eye Candy
Some Taquero with skills in Oceanside
I also really like Tacos El Paisa when they're on their game but it is best to go when they are busy because if you go on the off hours sometimes the condiments and stuff has been sitting around a bit to long. I'd also like it if they'd wipe down their outdoor tables a bit more but when they're on their game though it is wonderful.
Tacos El Gordo in the US doesn't seem to taste the same as down in TJ but maybe that's just all in my head. Still they have a very consistent product which is good. It's not as good as the best from El Paisa but I've never had a bad taco at Gordo's either.
Tacos El Panson in City Heights.
Tacos El Gordo on Highland.
Porkyland in Logan or La Jolla (although I had some there last month and they might of changed the recipe because they were different and not as good).
In North County, I like Juanita's on the Coast Highway near Leucadia. I really like the vibe of the place, though the menu is hit and miss. Their al pastor was excellent a couple of weeks ago, a big soft taco with a lot of nicely-textured meat. The hot green salsa was a surprise -- I usually prefer the red versions. I also really enjoyed my crispy beef taco -- almost puffy but crisp and nicely stuffed with lots of shredded beef, lettuce, cool cheese. A perfect foil for lots of salsa, great dish. I also ordered a carnitas taco, and then realized that I didn't remember (and they didn't advertise) that it included a big scoop of guacamole -- a bonus for most but an unwelcome addition that I needed to scrape off. Anyway, three tacos and a soda cost about eight bucks and was more than I could finish.
Unfortunately, pressed my luck and went back on a Saturday morning. Had stopped into Karina's further up the coast, but they were barely open and my gringo enthusiasm seemed lost on the two young women opening the place, and it just didn't seem right to try to order the ceviche I had read about. So I headed back to Juanita's and tried a breakfast burrito with chorizo and egg -- bland, boring, insipid, thick, tasteless, yucky -- no salsa could salvage it. None of the friendly staff that had sold and served me my lunch seemed to be around. Well, like their school cafeteria fish-stick-like fish taco and their unsuccessful quesadilla, I now know what not to order there too.
Los Tacos in OCeanside makes some great al pastor. Stay away from the carne asada unless you want to really get your chew on.