If you live in Albuquerque's West Side, there's a new taco restaurant in the Quail Run shopping center off Coors and I 40. This is not your Taco Bell but real Mexican street food cleaned up The setting is modest, a small storefront restaurant in a minimall.
Pastorero Taco Grill serves five classics starting with Tacos al Pastor, five tacos served on warm corn tortillas with marinated pork roasted on an upright rotisserie and garnished with grilled pineapple, onions and cilantro. Yum! My less adventurous husband had the Torta de Alambre, a Mexican sandwich filled with carne asada, bacon, ham, grilled onions and bell peppers. Both items were so good, we decided to share an order of their flan, and it too was delicious
The menu includes a salsa bar, appitizers like tortilla soup, sides like ensalada chica, desserts, and real Mexican Coke (they use cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup like the US Cokes).
While you're at Quail Run, walk down a couple stores from Pastorero, and you'll find Carniceria Enriquez, a Mexican grocery store, the first on the West Side to my knowledge. It has a full complement of meat, groceries, Mexican cheeses, etc., and it too is clean and well-run. Their meats are the best I've seen in ABQ carnicerias, and two flank steaks we purchased for dinner had great flavor.
A big plus is that they carry corn tortillas from Tortilleria Cuauhtemoc, a Bridge Street operation which IMHO makes the best fresh daily in ABQ. Another big plus is the owners, Max and Jeccika (say Jessica) Enriquez. They are bilungual, a big help is your Spanish is not up to par.
Pastorero Taco Grill
2641 Coors Blvd. NW
2641 Coors NW