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[PDX] Poncho's al Pastor in Vancouver....

Nick | Oct 19, 200309:35 AM

I don't get over to the center of Vancouver much since I live way on the east side. But I had a coupon for Thai Little Home that was going to expire and it'd been a while since I'd had Thai food. Thai Little Home, of course, was good. I don't know what it is about their stuff, but it always has a quality to it that separates it from most Thai places. For those who want to avoid the attempts at chic Thai by places like Typhoon and who like their curries without loads of sugar, Thai Little Home is a good option. Their prices are always cheap as hell, too.

Anyway, on the way there I noticed this taqueria I'd never seen before. Down 4th Plain in Vancouver there are a lot of them along with a few Mexican markets, a couple of which are actually decent -- at least better than most in Portland, which isn't saying much. Nothing as good as you'd find in Hillsboro or Woodburn, though. On the north side of 4th Plain just a couple buildings east of Thai Little Home and set back in a collection of little places next to some Russian store an al pastor cart with flames blazing caught my eye. I swore to hit it on the way home, which, even though I was stuffed, I did.

They advertised birria de chivo and al pastor but had several other standard items. One of the things I noticed was that for 25 cents extra you could get your tacos "com tortillas hecha por mano". I ordered one taco al pastor and one carne asada with the hand-made tortillas.

Even though I was stuffed, I ate both, and they were large tacos. The carne asada was almost like nice cabeza it was so tender and juicy. It's not the carne asada you get in Mexico or at La Iguana Feliz, but its style is fine with me. I love cabeza when it's done right. The al pastor was crisped on the outside with a nice flavor and served with grilled onions. They had a little salsa tray on the counter with cilantro, onion, salsa cruda, radishes, and a tomatillo salsa and a (probably) chile de arbol salsa, both of which were good.

Definitely a good find. Next time I'm over that way I'll be interested to try the birria. I'd also like to see if they make their quesadillas with corn or flour. Since they have masa de maiz ready for tacos, they would be able to do quesadillas almost as easily. Aren't many places that make them that way.

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