100 Favorite Dishes: Tacos al Pastor From Taqueria Dona Raquel

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As a countdown to the Best Of Broward Palm Beach 2010, coming in May, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up a hundred of our favorite dishes in South Florida. Send your own nominations to john.linn@browardpalmbeach.com.

No. 35: Tacos al Pastor from Taqueria Dona Raquel

There's something awe-inspiring about meat roasting on a spit; the hiss and pop of fat
as the flames lick the side. That's the draw of al pastor, a chili-marinated hunk of pork cooked on a rotating spindle, not unlike shawarma. At Taqueria Dona Raquel, an authentic Mexican restaurant in Pompano Beach, the al pastor is shaved from a thick log of pork dripping with spices and the sweet scent of pineapple. The pieces are layered into two pliant corn tortillas made at the restaurant's adjoining market and sprinkled with cilantro, onion, and a few long slices of pineapple. Sprinkled with lime juice and dashed with the Taqueria's spicy tomatillo salsa, the al pastor is taco perfection.

Previous 100 Favorite Dishes:
No. 36: A slice from Pizza Rustica
No. 37: Whole fresh fish from Marumi Sushi
No. 38: Surf and turf roll from Nectar Lounge
No. 39: Yakitori from Heart Rock Sushi
No. 40: Upside down Sicilian from Nino's Restaurant & Pizzeria
No. 41: Gator Fritters from Corner Cafe and Brewey
No. 42: Kielbasa and eggs from Cypress Nook
No. 43: Rock shrimp tempura from Morimoto
No. 44: Daeji bulgogi from Gabose Korean Restaurant
No. 45: Coco bread from Charlie's Pastries
No. 46: Spare ribs from Troy's Bar-Be-Que
No. 47: Vegetarian reuben from Sara's
No. 48: Key lime pie from Le Tub
No. 49: Uni Angel Hair Pasta from Hiro's Yakko-San
No. 50: Meatballs from Cafe Martorano
No. 51: Burger from Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House
No. 52: Lunch specials from Charcuterie Too
No. 53: Bruschetta from Noodles Panini
No. 54: Tulipan's guava and cheese pastries
No. 55: Baingan bartha from Woodlands Vegetarian Indian Cuisine
No. 56: Foie gras from Michelle Bernstein's at the Omphoy
No. 57: Jalea mixta from El Rey de Pescado
No. 58: Chipotle pork "florito" from East Coast Burrito Factory
No. 59: Fish tacos from Tryst
No. 60: French toast from Dune Deck Cafe
No. 61: Naan from Usmania
No. 62: Crawfish boil from Rosey Baby
No. 63: Banh mi from Saigon Cuisine
No. 64: Crispy orange beef from Pine Garden
No. 65: Chimichanga from Aleyda's Tex-Mex Restaurant
No. 66: Chicago dog from Hot Dog Heaven
No. 67: Lobster bomb from Galanga
No. 68: Wheat chiabatta from Gran Forno
No. 69: Fried chicken from Fran's Chicken Haven
No. 70: Salsa from Zona Fresca
No. 71: Falafel from Sunrise Pita
No. 72: Golden crab curry from Bamboo Fire
No. 73: Grilled squid from Sushi Bon
No. 74: Beef pho from Basilic Vietnamese Grill
No. 75: Stuffed poblano from Canyon
No. 76: Raja tamales from Chini's Burritos
No. 77: Udon soup from Sushi 1
No. 78: Steak fries from Maguires Hill 16
No. 79: Cheese steak from Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies
No. 80: Sliders from Zed451
No. 81: Cowboy urger from Charm City
No. 82: Corn fritters from Park Avenue BBQ & Grill
No. 83: Milk shake from Jaxson's
No. 84: Chicken from La Granja
No. 85: Kimchi stew from Yama Japanese & Korean
No. 86: Prosciutto roma sub from My Market
No. 87: Anticuchos from Taurus Steakhouse
No. 88: Goat cheese cheesecake from Satoro
No. 89: Pink vanilla cupcake from House of Sweets
No. 90: Skirt steak executive lunch from Beefeater Steakhouse
No. 91: Baby bok choy from Marumi Sushi
No. 92: Beer muenster cheese soup from Big Bear
No. 93: Chopped pork sandwich from Georgia Pig
No. 94: Cannoli from Mona Lisa Coal Oven Pizza
No. 95: Cheeseburger from Le Tub
No. 96: LaSpada's Italian special hoagie
No. 97: Frito Misto from Sublime
No. 98: Chicharron tacos from Tacos al Carbon
No. 99: Primanti Bros. sandwich
No. 100: Chicken wings from Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza

Location Info

Taqueria Dona Raquel

793 S. Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach, FL

Category: Restaurant


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