Taco Count Update: 985

Yesterday’s lunch dropped a 20-spot on the total taco count, with two plates of tacos al pastor from Los Arbolitos.  These little gems won’t make the top 5, but they definitely do the trick… and being bite-sized doesn’t hurt either.  The last time I went to Los Arbolitos was the day of the taco challenge, which you can read about here (or check out that excellent taco photo).

So the end (of this foolish, disgusting personal challenge) is definitely getting close!  The count so far: 985.

 

México, D.F.

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Our brush with the great taco record

Los Arbolitos refers to a group of taquerías on Calle Veracruz near mikesnotes’ office at ITAM in San Angel Tizapán.  It’s not clear whether they are different places or just many restaurants run by the same guy, as they all serve tacos al pastor, have the same name and the exact same advertising, but have different prices for the same product.  

Last week, a couple of us (el güero, ZP, and I, mikenotes) met up there to settle a challenge as to who could eat the most of these “silver-dollar”-sized bites of taco love.  Ok, it wasn’t that serious of a challenge, but we tried, nonetheless.

Oh, you know you want one (or ten)

Oh, you know you want one (or ten)

Anyways, hats off to ZP who took home the prize:

ZP…………….. 34
mikesnotes….. 31
El Güero…….. 20

I have to admit that although the picture above makes my mouth water now, after 25 or so, they really don’t taste so good.  And after 31, I just couldn’t bring myself to not enjoy another taco.  ZP, on the other hand, kept pushing on… I heard that the rest of the day was really touch-and-go, but that he did make it home.

Of course, most every taquería in Mexico City has a record of who has eaten the most.  The record at (this) Los Arbolitos?  85.  Somebody ate 85?!?  If you do the math… you’ll see that’s as much as the three of us put together.  Yikes!

 

México, D.F.

Tacos al Pastor

The taco al pastor is an institution in Mexico City cuisine.  I’m not sure where or when this take on fast food first hit the scene (a chain with several locations near my apartment, el Tizoncito, vociferously claims to be the source… perhaps a little too much), but two things are for certain: the taco al pastor is as ubiquitous in Mexico City as traffic, late-night tamale vendors, and Oxxo, and while there are as many interpretations of this plate as there are green pirate taxis, the general recipe is standard throughout the Districto Federal.

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

Tacos al pastor at Tacos Escandon

A taco al pastor is a tortilla filled with meat that is marinated and roasted on a vertical spit, topped with diced white onions, cilantro, and an optional slice of pineapple, and accompanied by a bowl of sliced key limes.  They’re popular for lunch, dinner, or late, late into the evening… and I usually take mine at 2:30 PM at Los Arbolitos, where they’re the miniscule price of 2 pesos each, or on Sundays at Tacos Escandón by my apartment.

Roasting a spit of meat for tacos....

Roasting a spit of meat for tacos....

I’ve been slowly searching for the best tacos al pastor in the city, though I have yet to have found them.  The count so far?  333… and more to follow!

 

Burlingame, CA