Driving by Cazadores Market a few weeks ago, I noticed a sign about a new carnerceria. I never got around to checking it out until today when outside the market was a taco stand advertising 'tacos al vapor', birria, barbacoa and pozole. A cloud of steam surrounded the stand.
The birria was beef rather than goat, but glancing over in one corner was the most beutiful al pastor on a spit ... an onion on the bottom and a chunk of pineapple on the top. On the griddle was equally beautiful juicy beef.
"What is that?"
He hesitated ... "head"
"Cabeza?", I asked
"Si". And he pulled back the towels covering the most amazing looking beef cheeks.
The towels are used to steam the tacos. The towels cover the meat and keep it from drying out. Nothing is cut until ordered. No steam trays.
I ordered one of each. When the tacos were warmed, he took out a cleaver and chopped up the beef cheeks. Cilantro and onions are added if you like. There is also a hot sauce, but this meat looked so fine, I wanted to try it au natural the first time. It was so good.
The al pastor was wonderful as well, with nice pineapple bits.
Pay inside the market. Given the skill, I was shocked they were only $1.25 each.
The market has cleaned up as well. I didn't have time to walk around. but I'll probably be stopping by regularily for those tacos on the weekend.
The tacos are only served on weekends. I asked a number of ties about the hours in English, Spanish and displaying fingers .. .Saturday & Sunday 8am - 5pm. That 8am still seems early to me.
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