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La Espiga, Corona

Eric Eto | Sep 22, 2005 12:17 PM

Did a quick trip through Corona this week to check on some old standby taquerias and noticed that Grano de Oro on Roosevelt near Junction has been replaced by La Espiga Taqueria. It's probably a good thing, since Grano went way downhill since its prime several years ago. La Espiga has its flagship restaurant on 103rd just below Roosevelt, and their big thing is the al pastor spits. On weekends, the 103rd St shop has two al pastor spits going (not sure if they're two varieties of al pastor or what), but on a weeknight, they had one going. Strangely, while the flavors were pretty good, they don't do it quite right. Usually, like at any shawarma place, you want that sear on the outer ring of the meat, which is sliced off, and finished on a grill, if at all. These La Espiga guys cut off mostly raw pieces and throw them on the grill. Pretty silly use of the spit. Not sure if it's different during weekends, when it's busier. The Junction Blvd shop also has an al pastor spit set up in front, but I'm not sure if they use the same method. All in all though, it's pretty good, but it could be done so much better if they do it properly. The taquitos (mini tacos) are $1 apiece. Pretty decent if you're walking around the area.

Also finally tried Pollo Campero, the Guatamalan fried chicken chain, just to try it in case the Corona store closes up like the other ones in NYC. A big fat EH. Not terrible, but Popeyes make better fried chicken, and if you're in Corona, there's a Dominican place on other side of Roosevelt on the north side of 103rd that makes good fried chicken (though I haven't been there in over a year). Or else I'd rather go to the Casa de Pollo Peruano for my chicken fix right down National St.

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