Taquerias advertising tacos de trompo line Davis Street in Dallas’s Oak Cliff neighborhood, but there’s something magnetic about Mi Tierrita. When the taqueria rolls its portable trompo bearing the slowly rotating top of pork onto the sidewalk outside the restaurant, it acts like a beacon emitting a siren song to the late-night revelers spilling out of the Tradewinds Social Club dive bar across the street. Identical to Mexico City’s tacos al pastor in almost every way, tacos de trompo hail from the northern city of Monterrey with meat that gets soaked in a paprika-based marinade, instead of the chile-achiote-citrus trifecta common to al pastor. Moreover, whereas tacos al pastor can trend subtle, tacos de trompo are bold, smoky, peppery and, when doused with chile de árbol salsa, are liable to make ears sweat. Here, they take the pork and mix it with carne asada on large flour tortilla topped with mozzarella (subbed for queso Oaxaca), fold it, griddle it and serve it in three sections, a creation called the campechana, a gloriously intimidating taco daring you to finish it in one sitting.
2838 W. Davis St., Dallas (214-333-2300). Open Mon–Thur 10 a.m.–11 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.–2 a.m., Sun 10 a.m.–12 a.m.