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Feb 24, 2009 05:00 PM

Tacos Al Pastor - Vertical Spit with Pineapple - Anyone in the east bay?

Any restaurants/ carts/ taco trucks in the easy bay cooking up the "real" Tacos Al Pastor? I'm looking for the pork freshly cut from a vertical spit with a slice of roasted pinapple added. Thanks!

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  1. Tacos El Gordo in Oakland has al pastor on a spit, but no pineapple. Available on weeknights and weekends only.

    Los Portales in Newark has al pastor on a spit with the pineapple.

    In SF, Taqueria San Jose has a spit, not sure about the pineapple though.

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      1. re: Xiao Yang

        Though the al pastor at the Oakland Taqueria San Jose are fantastic, there isn't pineapple there either.

        1. re: jillyju

          When I was at the Oakland TSJ, I didn't see a spit, and they were scooping the "al pastor" out of a steam-table bucket. At least that day, it was several big steps down from the canonical version at the SF Mission & 24th branch.

          I don't look for or want pineapple, so I dunno about that. Given the amount of meat on the spit, I don't think a slice of pineapple would make much difference.

        2. re: Xiao Yang

          Same for the Oakland outpost of Taqueria San Jose, their al Pastor rocks, but no pineapple in sight. Does "real al Pastor" always include pina? And is it grilled with the spinning meat or served as part of the salsa, not cooked? adam

          1. re: adamshoe

            I'm not sure it has to include pina, but it's usually cooked slightly when served.

            1. re: adamshoe

              IIRC, it's placed on top so the juices drip down the outside of the meat and add to the carmelization.

          2. re: DezzerSF

            I'll have to try the al pastor next time at Los Portales. So far, I've tried the chile verde (skip) and carne asada (ok).

          3. La Selva in Richmond has the best I've had in the Bay Area. Only on weekend nights thoug. Here's info

            1. Your best bet in the East Bay will be someplace in the Fruitvale area. Do a search for Ruth Lafler's posts on taquerias and trucks in that area.

              1. Here's where you need to go:
                Taqueria Los Portales
                36782 Cedar Boulevard, Newark

                1. I have heard that some of the Chavez Supermarket Taquerias have the vertical spit. I don't know if it is true or if they have the spit with pineapple. Anyone?

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                  1. re: rcspott

                    Chavez Supermarket in Sunnyvale as well as Taqueria El Grullense in Palo Alto both have al pastor on the spit, but I don't care for their spicing. I guess a spit doesn't always equal good al pastor.