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Mar 26, 2001 01:40 PM

Godhead Carnitas Tacos in Pasadena

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I've been meaning to post this one for a while, but whenever I think of this place I get hungry and space on it. Since I just macked down some carnitas and a brew, though, I figured I'd finally post this. (Yes, I know, I'm having a brew at ten in the morning, and no, I don't care)

PUEBLA TACOS on the NE corner of Lake and Orange Grove (another location off Allen I think on Walnut??) serves up some of the best Carnitas tacos around. There may be better a carnitas joint, but I haven't found it yet. Loose chunks of long cooked pork, fatty and salty, fried crisp in several inches of lard. Finished with some of their constantly refreshed house made salsas (I prefer the really hot stuff which is a puree of roasted jalepenos, pickled onions, and cumin infused carrots)along with a little fresh onion and cilantro and a squeeze of lemon, well, you be the judge. It is best to go when they are not too crowded, so they have the time to leave the pork in the hot fat for those crucial last few seconds. The rest of the menu is good, particulary the menudo on sundays and the enchiladas filled with, what else, carnitas, even the nachos (generally a menu item I avoid). But I never get anything but the carnitas tacos. If you are lucky, you live close enough to get the tacos to go, so that you can buy a beer at the 7-11 next door to have with your meal. I live just down the street, so let me know-maybe I'll let you stop by here so you can enjoy a beer with your food. This is the only place i missed during my feeding frenzy in NoCal last week, comments coming soon to the SF board.)

Dammit, now I'm hungry again.

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    Caitlin Wheeler

    Another good taco place in Pasadena (my favorite lunch joint) is Los Tacos at California and Fair Oaks, in the little brick shopping center, across from Bruce Graney antiques. Their chile verde is amazing.

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    1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

      Mmmmm, mmmm, yes, Puebla has exquisite carnitas. And while we're on the subject of Mexican meats, let me add that La Abeja in nearby Highland Park (Figueroa at Avenue 37 or so) has the best machaca in the Western U.S. -- and I've tried looking throughout CA, AZ, NM and TX. I've grown up eating Roy's food (and that's several decades now) and NOBODY beats his machaca con chile. YUM!

      By the way, Roy keeps odd hours. Usually not open in the evenings, so you should aim for breakfast or lunch.

      1. re: Louise

        Thanks for the tips-looks like its taco-hopping for lunch today.

        Peace and grub people.