Dec 20, 2009, 11:04 AM
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At popular request, more of our Morelia trip will hopefully enlighten you and others of the true nature of the mysterious, not to often talked about nooks and crannies of a Morelia we found not only exciting, very pleasant but also made some great friends during our two week stay there and Patzcuaro.
Like some people, every now and then one gets an inkling for something different. I in particular enjoy Tacos Al Pastor and some just don’t care for them. If you like them, or just want to ease-drop, read-on. Some places are better than others, taste wise and finding the best can be an adventure and yes, some work. I’ve found and a good rule of thumb is, to make ample enquires of the locals. While walking through the shadows of the towering walls of Morelia’s buildings, in retrospect, the main boulevard to me is like walking through the wondrous steep shadowed canyons of those who dwelt in the past. Speaking Spanish to the locals with the lead question of finding tacos al pastor and where most of the locals buy them, gets results. After getting a variety of responses, generally they will hit upon the same place a number of times.
The place in the photo takes up quite a bit of room in the building and all the tables were full. People were just standing around either waiting to sit down or take their order with them. The place is perpetually jammed with young school and college kids, adults and more. Why, well it’s the first time I’ve seen Tacos Al Pastor for 2 pesos each. A dollar gets you 6 tacos. Granted they are small but boy are they tasty. The owner, a dark skinned gentleman, mans the till and his battery of very young high school or college waitress’s stand in line to shuffle receipts toward him to ring up the till. The damn place is busy, busy. I liked this because it’s a good indicator that the food turnaround keeps itself fresh.
The photo shows what they call a Pastor piña (shaped like a pineapple) On the very top you’ll also see a piece of a pineapple which the person serving the meat swipes his knife across it with each cut to give the meat sliced a taste of pineapple. The tacos are small, so I requested double portions with each.
I spoke to the owner and mentioned I was impressed at how much business he gets and he said sometimes it gets so busy, people get frustrated and just leave because even the upstairs tables are filled beyond capacity. Its a little jewel in the rough found within the canyons and nooks and crannies of Morelia’s El Centro Histórico…… People watching here is lots of fun…
Next will be the great pedestrian friendly movie theaters which house Morelia’s own gastronomical treats……yummmmm
Taqueria La Brazas
(This post was edited by Oscar2 on Dec 20, 2009, 12:33 PM)