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Oct 19, 2012 08:24 PM

Mexican Gyros

I just watched an episode of Diners, Drive Ins & Dives which featured a Mexican place that serves up gyros style slow roasted meat in a tortilla with hot sauce & toppings and I thought what a brilliant idea!
Is anyone in the GTA doing this? (he asked hopefully)

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  1. No, but I know of a few places serving Middle Eastern tacos.

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    1. re: hal2010

      Haha :)
      There is some Middle Eastern influence on some Mexican dishes so it's not off the wall. In Mexico tacos al pastor are off a spit just like shwarma.

      1. re: julesrules

        Yea, good point.
        There were alot of Lebanese immigrants into South and Central America the last century, particularly Mexico and Argentine, so this is had an obvious influence on the local cuisine (ie tacos al pastor).

    2. Maybe they'll also have Chinese Donair.

      1. Are you sure it wasn't carnitas? That's slow braised pork and super yummy. Or at least I braise it maybe when it's made in volume it is roasted. The Mexican place in Kensington Market has carnitas on their menu, the place on the east side of Augusta north of the South American grocery. Sorry, I'm blanking out on names today.

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        1. re: crawfish

          mexican salsas. carnitas is essentially pork confit

          1. re: disgusti

            I disagree. Confit is meat preserved in fat. Carnitas is slow roasted or braised in orange juice and spices. It is fatty but it isn't a method of preservation.

            1. re: crawfish

              by confit, they were refering to the frying/rendering process that confit typically employs, imho. like duck confit, the meat is then served and not typically preserved. for carnitas, i have seen them both confit and deep-fry the meat. . .

              1. re: afong56

                I hate to be argumentative but have you ever had carnitas? It's completely different. The meat has carmelised in the slow roasting/braising process with yummy crispy bits. Confit is uniformly soft like boiled meat. This is from Wikipedia's entry on confit: "The meat is salted and seasoned with herbs, and slowly cooked submerged in its own rendered fat, in which it is then preserved by allowing it to cool and storing it in the fat. "

                1. re: crawfish

                  read what i wrote. i specifically said that the frying/rendering process was what i think they were referring to, not the final product. i have had numerous versions of carnitas, and not all of them featured 'crispy bits'

                  1. re: afong56

                    " Lard is used to cover the dish in proportion to the amount of meat being cooked. Once the lard has melted, pork and flavorings are added (usually salt, oregano or Mexican oregano, marjoram, thyme, bay leaf, and crushed garlic cloves). Traditional carnitas are then made by process of simmering the meat until tender over a very low heat."

                    "The meat is salted and seasoned with herbs, and slowly cooked submerged in its own rendered fat, in which it is then preserved by allowing it to cool and storing it in the fat."

                    carnitas vs. confit from wikipedia. minus the preservation aspect of confiting, and the heat blast at the end of a carnitas preparation, the methods seem fairly similar in the early steps. i'm no expert on the matter obviously but i think it's something of a fair comparison to make no?

                    1. re: disgusti

                      hence, my agreement. . .anyways, this discussion is a massive off-topic to what the op was after. . .s/he needs to find tacos al pastor, which sadly, i have not found decent iterations of in the gta. . .admittedly, i have not been to leamington. . .

        2. Al Pastor in Kensington Market serves meat off a gyro machine, but they serve it with pineapple, so it's not very spicy, but it is good

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            1. re: terrycar

              you are looking for tacos al pastor. . .

          1. Yeah, you seem to be describing Tacos al Pastor. I havent found a good source of this in Toronto. Usually I get my Taco fix at the sketchy food court at Plaza Latina at finch and milvan, but they dont do their al pastor in a shawarma spit.

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            1. re: ngmatthe

              Strange enough, the best al pastor ive had in ontario is actually in LEAMINGTON. In a random mexican place called Taco's Tony, which also makes a great menudo.

              1. re: ngmatthe

                Really not that strange at all. Lived in Leamington a while ago and there were always good Mexican places. Must have something to do with the large number of Mexican workers who come up to do the picking work.

                1. re: kwfoodiewannabe

                  That's exactly it. I'm given to understand the best Mexican food in Ontario is in Leamington.