by The Urban Grocer in Cool Travel on Tuesday 26 May 2009

Mexico City’s streets are a sensory overload, saturated with sights, sounds, and smells. The unmistakable old-school bright green Volkswagen bugs chug along while enticing smoky scents of roasting meats waft through the air. Street food is a quintessential and seriously important part of life in this city. And there is no shortage of small storefronts, trucks, and even plastic tables on the side of the road, where truly authentic Mexican food is on offer. Where to find the best tacos in the city has been and will continue to be a never-ending debate. But for me — and countless locals — El Tizoncito is undoubtedly one of the greatest.

The tacos al pastor at this unassuming taquería are awe-inspiring, simple, local food perfection. Handmade corn tortillas, fragrant of ground maize, served just pressed and still warm, are filled with shredded, smoky, pork shaved off a roasting spit, and topped with fresh cilantro, onion, and pineapple. Finish it off with a squeeze of tart lime, red or green fiery salsa, and a hearty gulp of Victoria beer and you’ll never want to leave. If pork isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other, equally mouth-watering, crave-for-weeks-later options (the grilled, sliced steak mixed with roasted peppers and oozing cheese is among my favorites). One bite, one taste, and there is no doubt that this is what Mexican culinary culture is all about. [Photo via Oishiieats]