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Sep 25, 2002 11:44 AM

Who makes the best Carnitas in BayArea?

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Who makes the best Carnitas in BayArea?

My current favorite is El taco Zamorano ,across the street from the Hells Angeles Hdq's on Foothill in Oakland.

I order the Carnitas Special dinner to go ,It comes in two large bags and weighs about 4 pounds.

Most of the heft is due to the large rice and beans platter.
However half of plate #2 is filled Pork Carnitas that is moist on the inside, crunchy on the outside from being fried in lard.
If you hit on the right day it can be jaw dropping.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. This is the best topic ever! Ok, so I am off to your place soon, and will be taking my crew of crispy, fatty pork loving friends. We all really like the carnitas at Dona Tomas in Oakland on Telegraph at 52nd (?)... across from Genova Deli... which I suppose is another whole topic. The place is bit more high brow than most mexican places, but I'm told the food is very similar to what you actually find in Mexico. All the food is great, but the service is bit slow. You could die waiting for a drink from the bar, but it'll be worth the wait. I think the carnitas are $14.95. Can't wait to hear of other favorites...

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      Christine Vallejo

      I like the carnitas from Los Panchos in Pacheco. This is a take-out place, and my husband goes by there about once a week to pick up two orders of carnitas - total cost is $15.70. Nice tender chunks of pork, rice, beans, tortillas, and a scoop of salsa fresca - enough for two meals for me, one for the spouse.

      1. I've not sampled all the carnitas in the Bay Area, but I've been more than satisfied with those at Taqueria La Bamba in Mountain View. Moist on the inside, quickly grilled when you order them so that they come out crispy on the outside, and seasoned just right (most of the time).

        Actually, I had great, moist carnitas at an Interop party at the late Cadillac Bar -- different in not being so crispy, but lusciously juicy beyond belief.


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        1. re: Peter Yee

          I'll second the vote for Taqueria La Bamba.

          (Old Middlefield Rd, just off the 101, in Mt. View)

          This was my first taqueria and one frequented often throughout my adolescence and early adulthood.

          I've since discovered that I was spoiled rotten by La Bamba because it is very hard to find comparable carnitas.

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          Jon Gillispie

          My vote goes to Jalisco's in Oakland. On East 14th I believe. Quality can vary some, but when it's all white meat, it's the best.


          1. I second Taqueria La Bamba in Mountain View. Another place in Mountain View for consistently good carnitas is Fiesta Del Mar on Shoreline.

            Also, the restaurant on Higway 1 in Moss Landing - The Whole Enchilada.

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            1. re: Pam H

              Really? The Whole Enchilada, eh? I've wondered about this place. Do you mind posting a little more detail on the place on the California board linked below? Thanks!