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Need a crash course in al pastor as it relates to the LA mexican scene

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Need a crash course in al pastor as it relates to the LA mexican scene

ns1 | Jun 6, 2011 01:27 PM

So I went to 2 different taco shacks last night and had very differing al pastor experiences

1. Taqueria La Chispita - hole in the wall in NoHo. They had their al pastor on a spit, onion on the bottom, no pineapple in sight. Huge ass burner on that gyro cooking device, which they promptly turned up and seared our al pastor right before carving. Net result = drier al pastor, with lots of crunchy bits and a more grill/BBQ type experience

2. Tacos Manzano - al pastor was prepared in a more adobo-ish kind of way, stewed over a long time with onions.

I am more familiar with 2 but prefer 1. Where can I find the best of each and are both styles "legit" al pastor?

Paging streetgourmetla or equally knowledgeable hound.

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