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Jan 8, 2008 10:25 AM

Carnitas in the East Bay?

I’ve had good carnitas at Dona Tomas and at Cancun in Berkeley. I’ve heard good things about Oteaz in Alameda.

I know some of the taco trucks are known for their carnitas but I’m really looking for more of a sit down place.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. There are two places called Taqueria Zamorano, one on 14th at High and one on Foothill near 38th, owned by brothers from Zamoro, Michoacan, which have excellent carnitas.

    1. I haven't had much luck with the other food there, but considering how good the carnitas is at their truck, the carnitas at Guadalajara might be worth trying. I'm also adding links for the Zamorano restaurants:

      Guadalajara Restaurant
      1001 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

      Tacos Zamorano taco truck
      4800 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

      El Taco Zamorano Restaurant
      4032 Foothill Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

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      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        Thanks, foodeye and Ruth.

        I had a very enjoyable meal at Guadalajara after a gig one Friday night recently. We had set off for La Pinata, our usual late night Alameda margarita and mole hangout, but when that proved to be line-out-the-door crowded took a passer-by's suggestion and went to the near by Guadalajara. Better food, better atmosphere, and loads of open tables.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Ah, this is the wrong link. The Tacos Zamorano link is to the taco truck. The taqueria at High and International is Taqueria Zamorano.

          Taqueria Zamorano - CLOSED
          4345 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Thanks Ruth,

            It was the taqueria I went to, not the truck.

        2. I like the carnitas at La Bamba -- right off the San Pablo Ave. exit in Richmond.

          La Bamba
          12345 San Pablo Ave, Richmond, CA 94805

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          1. re: kc72

            Best to order ahead as the preparation is leisurely at la Bamba.

            1. re: wolfe

              i agree 100% w/ that.. never thought it'd take long to make a quesadilla or a couple of tacos.

              I tried their pupusas recently and that's my new item for now, those are a bit tough to order ahead though.

          2. My coworker likes the carnitas at Taqueria San Jose, not sure if you're looking for a greasy lard-y version though. It is a sit down place and there's a good salsa bar.

            1. I had a delicious carnitas torta at Casa Latina on San Pablo in Berkeley recently.

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              1. re: lmarie

                Were they nicely crisped? The couple of times I've had things w/carnitas there, it was more like pulled/shredded pork w/out the extra umph that makes carnitas really good (like a few minutes on the grill)

                1. re: lmnopm

                  Also no lard is used for the carnitas.

                  1. re: lmnopm

                    My favorite is Axtlan Taqueria in Oakland. Good crisp. Best to order as a plate rather than in a burrito or taco.