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Rosita's Al Pastor - what did I do wrong?

renz | Mar 19, 2008 07:08 PM

After noting all the enthusiastic praise on this board, I finally checked out Al Pastor. I ordered what I think was called "Sizzling Al Pastor" for 2. The description was 1 lb of al pastor meat, plus rice/beans/salsas, onions and peppers. I took my order to go, but I live less than 5 minutes away, so the food wasn't manhandled or sitting for long.

What I received were 5 doughy corn tortillas, several overly generous tubs of salsas/pico de gallo/salty guac (which has a suspiciously smooth texture and color, as if it were industrial guac mixed with a few fresh avocados for texture), and a styrofoam container with a small mash of rice and beans (they were thorougly mixed and together wouldn't have filled the container used for salsa) and a scant 1 lb mixture of onions, peppers, and small strips of pork. I'd say the mixture was at most 50% meat, maybe more like 40%.

This was almost $20, and while not lacking taste, wasn't very special, and the flavor of the meat was instantly overwhelmed by any of the salsas. We each got 2 tacos out of it (and luckily so, since we were nearly out of tortillas).

I wanted a good helping of tasty meat with enough rice and beans for the 2 of us. We're not big on the taco format, so I wanted to be able to eat the meat over the rice, with a fork, etc. I had hoped that the quantity of meat would resemble what I can usually get in a 1lb. order of fajitas at other places (ie., 1 lb. of meat), with onions and peppers in addition.

What should we have ordered, or was it an off night, or was there a mistake? The price was much higher than I expected to pay, esp. for what we got.

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