Al pastor is spicy, spit-grilled, long-marinated pork. Done properly, it’s flavorful and deeply tender. For a good version, says Lau, head to 19th Street in Costa Mesa—home of most of Costa Mesa’s good Mexican food—and go to Tacos and Tacos, formerly known as Tacolandia. Their version is excellent, with truly tender, flavorful meat, says Lau. “Not overly salty and has that great sort of spicy flavor that good tacos al pastor have. It’s sort of hard to explain, but go try one and you’ll know what I’m saying.”

“These were the best tacos al pastor I’ve had in recent memory,” says Lau.

Tacos and Tacos [Orange County]
580 W. 19th Street, Costa Mesa

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