Block away tacos

Taco

A block away from our apartment there is this great little Mexican bodega which also has a meat counter.  I’ve largely ignored the meat counter up to this point, but Monday was Cinco de Mayo and Annalisa and I wanted to have a real Mexican dinner so we decided to brave it.  Needless to say (given the photographic evidence above) we were quite pleased.  They have a lot of great cuts of meat that you don’t usually see in the supermarket along with many familiar selections.  The gold we struck was their marinated taco meat.  They had “al pastor” (see the picture below) complete with bright red marinade, onions, chili flakes, and cilantro.  Not only that, but we also got a perfect avocado, a bunch of cilantro, a jalapeño, limes, and the most amazing fresh (still hot) corn tortillas I’ve ever eaten—seriously!  Add a little minced onion and we had some mean tacos going on.  Oh, and did I mention that we only spent $5?

al pastor cooking

So now it’s Ocho de Mayo and we couldn’t resist a repeat performance.  This time we tried their other marinated taco meat, aptly called “carne para tacos.”  Basically it was carne asada meat marinated in something tasty (it’s in the taco pictured at the beginning of this post).  We also got more of the al pastor.  When we were about to leave the counter the butcher pointed out that they also had some authentic queso fresco and I couldn’t resist.

queso fresco

I must say, even though I didn’t chop and marinate the meat or make the cheese, this meal was utterly delightful.  It is cheaper than fast food, tastes infinitely better, and is ready in about the same time it takes to go through the drive-through.

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