Made a trip to Gordo's on Valley Avenue today. They may have some of the best real tacos in town.
I got three: carnitas (twice-cooked pork), cabeza (beef head meat/cheeks) and lengua (tongue). Generously filled for $1.60.
They also have a little bar for dressing your tacos, with diced onions, minced cilantro and four or five different kinds of salsa.
Carnitas is usually my favorite, but it came in third today. Loved the lengua and the fatty cabeza. I dressed them all in a spicy verde salsa with pico de gallo.
They had four or five other fillings in addition to the ones above, including al pastor, tripe, chicken, one that looked like sausage (chorizo? although it was called something else) and another I didn't recognize.
It's definitely a popular place with laborers, who always crowd the place at lunchtime, and Latino/Mexican families.
Taqueria Mi Casita in Homewood and Taqueria Mexico in Hoover also are favorites, but for sheer variety and size, Gordo's has them beat.
Got any other favorites out there?