Food in Mexico really tastes nothing like Mexican food in the U.S. (and yes, that includes California). The basic ingredients seem to be the same. Yet, somehow the tortillas are infinitely better here, the sauce condiments might as be well be made from different plant products altogether they are so much more flavorful, and the meats used to make things like tacos, huaraches, tortas, and the like... well, al pastor meat is a perfect example. This is how it is made virtually everywhere in Mexico:
And so it is with "El Rincón Tapatío". Notice in the foreground that there are spring onions grilling in the drippings from the pastor spit. When you sit down, you are immediately brought a plate of garnishes that includes those wonderful onions, some guacamole, and lime and cucumber slices.
Good as pastor is here, the arrachera meat (essentially steak) is the star. I ordered the alambre: arrachera meat grilled with peppers and onions, topped with some melted queso Oaxaca, accompanied by some fresh tortillas.
Utterly delicious. And I have no doubt the campechano meat (arrachera and chorizo) is just as good.
You have to WORK to spend more than 6 or 7 dollars here. This place looks and feels like it hasn't changed in decades. In other words, my kind of place.
"El Rincón Tapatío" - Taquería y juguería
Av. Independencia 68, local No. 4 - Col. Centro, Delegación Cuauhtémoc
Ciudad de México, Distrito Federal, México
(+52) (55) 5521-5179