Before each home game this season, ClipperBlog will run “ClipperBlog Eats,” a restaurant recommendation from its resident restaurant reviewer, Ben Mesirow. Below is today’s suggestion:
If you have dipped a toe in the LA taco scene, chances are good that you have heard of Tacos Leo. For years it has been regarded as LA’s preeminent Al Pastor destination, but for our purposes they have only recently become relevant—their original truck is miles west at Venice and La Brea, too far from Staples and the freeway to be a practical postgame stop. If, however, you have driven by the intersection of Temple and Glendale at night in the last few months, then you have probably seen their stand: a large flattop in a carwash parking lot on the southwest corner, accompanied by a table of salsas and toppings, and most importantly, their trompo, a giant rotating spit loaded with Al Pastor and topped with a giant wedge of pineapple.
The meat from that trompo is glorious, tender and juicy with crispy bits of char, seasoned liberally but not so much as to overpower the meat’s flavor. It is citrusy and salty and just a little smoky, a magical combination. With a deft flick of his wrist the expert manning the trompo will flip a slice of pineapple straight from the spit into your taco, and that pop of sweetness will be all the adornment it needs (if you feel you must, though, the salsas are quite good too). Considering their late-night hours, their convenient location just blocks south of Echo Park and the 101, and the shocking fact that you can have the city’s best Al Pastor taco for $1, Tacos Leo might be the perfect stop after tonight’s game, and after every other game too.
415 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026