Continuing my exploration of Salem, I stopped at Emilio's for some panes dulces and expected to go to a taco truck at the SE corner of State and Lancaster. (Anyone tried it?) Instead, across the street I went to Los Panditas, a decent-sized taqueria with an al pastor spit inside and huge selection of tortas.
I'm not much for tortas, but I bet they make good ones. If you're a torta lover, I'd give them a try.
I ordered a taco de pastor, a sope con carne asada, and a quesadilla con queso. They don't make the tortillas for the tacos fresh, but they do freshly press and cook the masa for the other items. The pastor was decent, crispy, but cut into too big of pieces, imo. The meat wasn't that flavorful. The sope wasn't a sope, truly, but a huarache, slathered with beans, covered with nicely charred little beef chunks, lettuce, and a Mexican cheese. The masa was a little thin for a huarache, but nicely cooked. The quesadilla was a large, freshly made tortilla, folded over and filled with Mexican cheese. It was also nicely cooked. They put a little too much cheese for me, but it was still good.
Two salsas on the salsa bar: red and green. The red is more fiery than it looks with a slight dried chile component, I think. The green is a tomatillo-cilantro-avocado blend and a very nice version.
The tacos were $1.50, the quesadilla and sope (huarache) $2.00 without meat, $3.00 with, each. The tortas ranged from $4-$6, I believe. A good taqueria.