There is a ton of competition in this area for taco joints. Head down to 71st and Michigan Road and there is a Pancho’s. El Pastorcito is one of those places I knew existed, yet never heard anything about and after about 8 months of knowing that it is there, I made the decision to stop by. You can get take out here or you can eat in with table service. The staff is friendly and during my visit, there was a young kid running around that I would assume is the owner’s grandson. Even though it is a little unorganized and has loud music, we found it to be pretty welcoming.
Menu is mostly a taqueria (tortas, burritos, etc.), but there are house specialties as well. They had about six seafood items on the list and 8-10 options that had enchiladas, menudo, etc. Chips and salsa will cost you about $2.00. I say skip the chips (straight out of a bag for $1.25) and get the three sauces and get ready for your tacos.
I enjoyed the sauces, but my wife strongly disliked the red. I thought the pico was pretty fresh for this time of year and had the reverse opinion as she did. I liked the red and didn’t like the green sauce.
I was in a taco eating mood (as I am almost everyday) and they had some pretty off beat stuff as well as the standards, so I thought that I would give a few a try. They were $1.65 each. Going rate in Indy is about $1.50, so this is a few cents more.
My first bite was of the pastor. Really good, the meat was cooked to perfection. The only part of it that I didn’t like is that the pineapple was left in the taco. It is layered with pineapple and onion, but you usually just get the meat with a touch of sweetness to it. Very good though, but I am being pretty picky.
Second, I went for the goat. Wow, this was a show stopper. Really deep flavors, and again….cooked perfectly. If you like lamb, then you will love this. Honestly, it tasted just like lamb to me. The red sauce was a perfect match and I could have eaten a ton of these. Probably one of the better tacos that I have ever had. A+++
Third, I dug into the carnitas. Again, the preparation was dead on, IMO. I like it when it is a little crispy on the outside of the meat because it holds in a lot of flavor. Very lean pieces, very tasty and some of the best carnitas in town.
So I saw brain on the menu and thought, I have never had a brain taco, so I need to check it off my list. The taco arrived and it smelled horrible. Wow, a really strong stench. I took a bite and I just couldn’t eat it. I hate really soft meat, and brain is one of them. I am sure that it is a good version of brain, but after one bite, I was done.
My wife had a chicken burrito. It was good, but I didn’t love the burrito as I thought that the beans and glop took away from the meat.
Would I Buy It Again? Yes, oh yes. I was pleasantly surprised here. All three meats were prepared with such care and accuracy and you just can’t help but like it. If someone told me that they think El Pastorcito has some of the best tacos in town, I really couldn’t argue with them. This is a really nice find on the northwest side.