I'll get this right out of the way at the beginning: if something says that it is grilled on the menu at Taqueria Ricardo, you should order it. The joint does other things surprisingly well, including a whole range of ceviche, but if you stick with the grilled options you will never lose. (I like those kinds of odds.)
Hermosa, North Side
I can see the al pastor spit from the sidewalk outside Birria Huentitan in Hermosa, and it looks glorious. Red-tinged marinated pork slowly turns, as a cook slices off hunks off with a large knife. But there is something else that also grabs my attention. That al pastor spit isn't some modified gyros machine, which most taquerias use to cook their al pastor. No, this is an actual al pastor spit, and instead of the standard gas flame it uses charcoal—a sight I haven't seen since Mexico City.
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