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Sep 16, 2006 07:17 AM

Best Carnitas in SF? Farolito or Metate

this recent article by Bill Adison in the chronicle has me hankering real bad for a real good carnitas burrito or taco. i want some really tastey, crispy on the outside, shreddy on the inside, carnitas.

farolito and metate are both in his top 20. which of these do y'all think has the best carnitas?

or is there somewhere else in SF that you'd recommend even more?

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  1. You know the 24th/Alabama branch of El Farloito
    is <5min ... ~3blocks ... from El Metate, so with
    a $5-6 "research budget" you can easily try both.

    Taqueria Vallarta is another block and a half west on
    24th, so you can try them at the same time.

    1. A trip So San Francisco would be my choice.... go to La Tapitia on Grand Ave. Their Carnitas Super Burrito will make you see God!

      Check out what other people are says also:

      1. La Taqueria's carnitas are superior to any others in the Bay Area.

        1. I've had some great crispy carnitas over the years, but I've never found a place that was consistent about that.

          Do these places always have them crispy but not dried out?

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          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I have eaten the carnitas at La Taqueria at least fifty times in the last five years and have never been disappointed. People that complain about the prices at L.T. need to get over the belief that Mexican food has to be inexpensive. Quality costs money no matter the ethnicity of the cuisine.

            1. re: Husky

              But is that the style that La Taqueria makes? There are a lot of different ways to make carnitas. Not all are crispy.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                They're a good combo of crispy and moist. The flavor is amazing.

          2. I'm personally a huge fan of the carnitas at La Palma. They're not crispy in the traditional sense, but wonderfully moist and full of porky goodness.