Taqueria El Pastorcito
Taquería El Pastorcito has an open front, with lines of cooks on the sidewalk, carving meat and serving up tacos. Three large stone tablets offer salsas – tubs of salsas of different kinds. On paydays and weekends, the restaurant puts out four “trompos” – pork shoulders rotating vertically over an open grill – just to be able to keep up with the demand. More than half a ton of meat leaves the taquería in the form of tacos every day! The street outside will fill with pedestrians and drivers, angling to get their order placed. At $12 pesos per taco, the restaurant says it is the most expensive in the city, but it is still a bargain, considering their size and the exquisite flavors of the sauces. The owner avers that there was a taco “cook-off” in the Estadio Azteca (the big sports arena in Mexico City), and Taquería El Pastorcito took away the honors, besting all of the bigger and better known chains. The menu includes much more than tacos al pastor: suadero, alambres, guacamole, and many other dishes.
If you come out of a nightclub with a yen to eat something, head to El Pastorcito. They stay open until 5:30 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings (and until 3:30 am the other days). Valet parking is offered. The service is friendly and attentive.