There's something about eating off your car. You know what I mean, getting something from a food cart, window, or truck, and placing it on your hood, and having a nice messy old time. There's just something visceral about it. So I thought I'd do a short series of posts, of stuff I've eaten off the hood of my car.
I found out about the Al Pastor from Internacional 2000 totally by accident. I was waiting for my order from the Mariscos El Pescador truck (another upcoming EOTHOYC post) when a young lady asked me what I'd ordered (tacos de pescado and gobernador). We both chatted while we waited, and pointing South, she mentioned really good tacos on the weekends from "International Mercado". She loved the price, a dollar, then really got my attention when she said it was Al Pastor, right off the spit! Returning home, I started doing searches on "International Mercado", and came up with only one match, Internacional Mercado 2000 in Chula Vista.
I couldn't miss the plumes of smoke rising in the air as I entered the parking lot of the mercado. As I drove up the parking lot, I noticed.... well how could I NOT notice, the area set-up outside a window, with Pollo Asada (grilled chicken) grilling on one side, and Al Pastor on the trompo (vertical spit) on the other.
The drill was fairly easy. You ordered at the portable cash register, "quatro al pastor por favor", paid ($1 each) the man, was handed a receipt, and you moved to the next line. The really nice guy manning the flame spitting vertical spit device takes your receipt, and he asks (and luckily for me points) to all of the accompaniments, and you go yes or no. And he goes to work.
As a "coup de grace" the gentleman added a few pieces of the saturated, caramelized pieces of meat sizzling on the bottom of the trompo pan on top of the trimmed meat. Topped off with cilantro, onions, and sauced, the plate was handed to me......
You know, I'm not a very religious person, but I'm just wondering of that young lady was my "parking lot guardian angel". Here I was, leaning on my car, eating tacos in a busy parking lot, a slight breeze blowing in my face, watching the sun set. It doesn't get much better than that, does it?
Some notes: The young lady told me that Al Pastor was only done on Fri-Sat-Sunday. Maybe someone who speaks Spanish and visits can confirm. These tacos are $1, though it looks like a whole range of tacos are offered, along with that delicious looking Pollo Asado.
Internacional 2000 Taco Shop (Window in the parking lot of Mercado Internacional 2000)
1415 3rd Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91911
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