There is nothing like eating tacos from a taco truck. Something about the taco truck experience really lends to the street food experience. On this taco adventure we journey to Al Pastor Taco Truck on East Riverside. Typically East of I-35 becomes a mixed cultural area—great for eating authentic ethnic food. You can find this taco truck right off of Riverside, in front of the Bingo hall.
Tacos al Pastor translates to the “Shepherd Taco.” What makes this taco a bit different from others is that the meat is typically thin slices of pork, marinated in spices, stacked vertically on a spit (called a trompo, or literally, a “spinning top”) and cooked in front of an open wall of flame, rotisserie style. (photo)
The tacos come on CORN tortillas with al pastor meat, onions, cilantro, lime and a side of green salsa. You can order as many tacos as you want: 3-4 tacos will usually fill you up.
What Did El Taco Pollo Think?
4 out of 5 Tacos: First off let’s start by saying these tacos have some spiciness to them. The meat is very tender, and is packed with tons of flavor. It has a red tint, which is from all the chile and spices that it is marinated in. Overall, the al pastor meat has a perfect zesty taste.
You can get your tacos on either flour or CORN tortillas, and of course we went with the CORN. The tortillas have a soft, yet greasy-in-a-good-way feel to them because they warm the tortillas in oil. We think this makes the tortillas exceptional, but others who are more health cautious might not like this.
The addition of onions and cilantro add some texture and extra flavor to the taco. You also get two containers of green jalapeno salsa, which is a little spicy with a hint of lime.
Overall these tacos are muy bueno, and stay true to the street taco taste and feel. If you dare to journey over to East Riverside we highly recommend you try these tacos.
El Taco Pollo ~ Austin Taco Reviews
Al Pastor Taco Truck
1911 East Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78741