How could I possibly resist a dish called Vampiros?
It was a busy taco stand – actually a large restaurant in a row of those metal-roof, garage-like spaces – and I chose it because it was the busiest place along the strip of road leading to the beach. I got to chatting with a cab driver, who told me I had chosen the best place, because it’s where the drivers go… I suppose they have special culinary sensibilities.
With great expectations, I waited for my Vampiros, but was a bit disappointed when they turned out to be Tacos al Pastor. I’m not sure what distinguishes Vampiros from tacos, but they were absolutely delicious. My favorite tacos are in Tijuana and Mexico City, but these ran a close third. Richly spiced marinated pork, cut directly from the vertical grill, served with a wider-than-usual selection of accompaniments, I was thrilled.
Maybe taxi drivers know what they’re eating after all.
They look absolutely mouth-watering, vampires notwithstanding. Some of the condiments I’m not familiar with. Mustard?
That one came out rather yellow in the photo. It was more of a creamy orange color. My cab driver friend warned me that it was a hot as habaneros, so I just added a few drops at first… he exaggerated.
That looks so amazing!!!