Leo Catering

2 years ago, this quick tour of East Los Angeles revealed not greatest al pastor stand, but a commoner’s food that’s universally appreciated by the people of Boyle Heights and EasLos. Then, it was difficult to imagine the ubiquitous outdoor trompo powered by a portable propane tank could be superceded by a spit from a lunchero. No. Seriously. Leo’s, as tweeted by The Bandini late July, is putting out a superior al pastor to anything East of the 101 has to offer.

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There’s not much to report back beyond what Bandini has already covered. After 3 visits, it seems the neighboring artistic, cash-strapped gringoes have already invaded the lunchero. Certain nights, along with the folks waiting for the bus at the gas station, dudes in Kangols and white loafers can be spotted after clubbing further up north in Hollywood. Only 1.5 months has passed since The Great Taco Hunt’s report, and the quality of the al pastor has slipped slightly. In order to keep up with the demand while only rotating 1 single trompo, the taquero has begun to griddle uncharred, uncooked, shaven bits of pork on the plancha, thereby nearly completely defeating the purpose of having fiery flames spitting out between ceramic grilling elements.

Still, the slightly sweet, heavily spiced pork butt shaved from a spit, topped with daftly sliced, then flung, pineapple, can not be beat for $1. There’s no mole or fancy sauces ala Loteria, but at this price, you may never want a taco from a restaurant again.

Leo's Taco Al Pastor

Nonetheless, Leo still sports some of the best al pastor for $1, especially because A, real estate simply costs more West of 110, and B, this taco man flicks his pina through the air with precision of a hackey sack player. Please be aware the various green salsas pack a whopping punch and there are no medio/mild labels on the salsa buckets.

Leo Catering (Leo’s Tacos)
La Brea & Venice, Los Angeles, CA

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  • http://foodiecomesclean.blogspot.com Maggie

    In two words: yes, please.

  • http://dianatakesabite.blogspot.com/ Diana

    Thanks for the salsa tip. This belly can’t handle a whopping punch!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Izaka-ya by Katsu-ya- A beacon of light for sushi phobs =-.

  • Burger Boy

    You will notice that the pineapple does not get charred, Leo’s is good but it is key for me to have the pineapple in between the meat when it is being charred. Just my 2 cents.

  • TonyC

    Burger Boy, we’re absolutely on the same page. Unfortunately, I don’t know any taquero leaving the pineapple on the spit long enough for actual roasting. It really seems 2 pineapples, or 2 spits, would need to be on rotation. At $1, I’m thinking this might the proverbial unicorn. If you know any, insights would be greatly appreciated.

  • http://www.stuffycheaks.blogspot.com stuffycheaks

    you said butt. hee hee. in all seriousness, $1?? thats awesome
    .-= stuffycheaks´s last blog ..Suzannes Cuisine- Ojai – where desserts are sooo much more fun than a stripper =-.

  • http://burpandslurp.com Sophia

    $1!!??!! Holy shit. You’re kidding me. How do they stay in business? Though, I better just shut up and chow down, because this is one deal I don’t wanna miss! I’ve tried the Al Pastor at La Taquita and wasn’t impressed, so I want to try a REAL good one.

  • Burger Boy

    I think, not sure but El Gran Burrito used to have pieces on the spit in between the meat. I think they night also have it at a place on 3rd or Whittier in ELA. Maybe Bandini can chime in. If Leo’s had some with the meat and the pineapple juices dripped onto the meat and got char! OMFG! Papi has found his home. I did LOVE the char on the Al Pastor at Leo’s, very very nice.

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  • http://www.weezermonkey.com weezermonkey

    What Maggie said.
    .-= weezermonkey´s last blog ..Pa-Ord Noodle- Out of the Ordinary =-.

  • http://tricerapops.tumblr.com tricerapops

    @Tony & @BurgerBoy – agreed with finding a spot that chars/caramelizes the pineapple – proverbial unicorn of sorts. in any case, the key to this spot is visiting during the week, and simply avoiding it on the weekends.
    .-= tricerapops´s last blog ..the end of the innocence =-.

  • http://www.misswhistle.com Miss Whistle

    Only last night, my husband was singing the praises of these tacos. “The greatest al pastor tacos outside of Mexico City” were his precise words. He brought home video. Between that and this post, my mouth is watering… thank you.

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  • MidtownLA

    I gotta disagree with you on this one, Sinosoul.

    I’ve been here – and while I do enjoy free access to unlimited Rabanos – the Al Pastor is “meh” compared to the Chato truck on Olympic and La Brea. I like the Carne Asada better at Leo’s – but the the Al Pastor (Anytime after 10 pm – after the yummy pineapple has dripped it’s way down the meat) wins at El Chato – hands down.

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