Editor’s note: Today, we look back at Week 6 of 365 Days of Tacos, in which food writer and restaurant critic Mike Sutter reports on a different taquería, restaurant or truck every day on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com/Tacos . Sign up for our taco newsletter while you’re there.
Taco of the Week
Al pastor, Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine. If you’re going to build al pastor tacos on the plancha instead of a trompo rotisserie, this is the way to do it, with tender pork painted achiote orange and saturated with fresh pineapple on handmade corn tortillas.
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El San Luis Mexican Restaurant: A line of cars extends to the street at El San Luis’ unlikely drive-through. They’re in line for breakfast tacos at three for $2.99 before 10 a.m. Best taco: Carnitas. 4455 Walzem Road, 210-564-0644, elsanluis.com
Adelante: Since 1981, this colorful bohemian cafe has been proving that vegetarian can be beautiful and turkey can play picadillo if it has to. Is it al pastor from a gnarled trompo or huevos and beans off a dirty grill? Of course not. And that’s OK. Best taco: Veggie. 21 Brees Blvd., 210-822-7681, adelanterestaurant.com
Papa Gayos: Camo and combat boots are good omens at a taquería. Soldiering is hungry work, and value’s a top priority. That’s true at Papa Gayos, where the tables abound with service members, homemade tortillas, fresh salsas and hot plates. Best taco: Alambre. 2470 Harry Wurzbach Road, 210-824-1718, no web presence
Paloma Blanca Mexican Cuisine: Not so much a Mexican restaurant as a posh Mexican country club, Paloma Blanca is a place to party like a peasant in the palace of a king during happy hour, with $5 al pastor tacos, queso and cold margaritas. Best taco: Al pastor. 5800 Broadway St., #300, 210-822-6151, palomablanca.net
Taqueria Cazadores: A one-stop shop for breakfast, lunch, dinner and day-drinking. The 10-page menu covers everything from bean and cheese tacos to enchilada plates to ceviche and whole fish to passion fruit margaritas. Best taco: Carnitas a la Mexicana. 927 Rittiman Road, 210-824-0175, taqueriacazadoressa.com
Los Compadres Cafe: The sign at this cash-only dive hangs at a 45-degree angle, and the cinder block building looks like an appliance repair shop. But it’s hard to argue with a $1.99 huevos rancheros plate. Best taco: Huevos rancheros. 1015 Pleasanton Road, 210-390-1695, no web presence
Las Salsas: After a trainwreck trio of tacos here, I’d say there’s a reason they call it Las Salsas: You’ll need to drown your sorrows — and your tacos — in as much red and green as you can get your hands on. Best taco: Chilaquiles with bacon. 2018 San Pedro Ave., 210-732-5366, no web presence
Week 5 winner: Mendez Cafe
Week 4 winner: Tacos Y Burritos Metro Basilica 2
Week 3 winner: El Buen Gusto Mexican Cafe
Week 2 winner: Taco Haven
Week 1 winner: Ray’s Drive Inn
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