Picture a mass of pork—marinated in a combination of dried chiles, achiote, spices and pineapple—cooking slowly before a gas flame, all on a vertical rotisserie set-up called a trompo (a “spinning top”). Picture a man with a large knife shaving thin strips of meat off that rotating vertical spit onto a tortilla. If you’re neither vegetarian, vegan nor kosher, there is pretty much no way that could possibly suck.
Along our border those tacos are called adobada. But go further south and they’d be called something different: al pastor. It’s also the name of a new Chula Vista restaurant built around the Mexico City version of those tacos: Al Pastor Authentic Mexican Grill (520 Broadway, Chula Vista).