Carnitas in Santa Monica?
Cora's Coffee Shop
1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica 90401
Btwn Seaview Ter & Vicente Ter
I've eaten at Cora's Coffee Shop quite a few times. Good food - good prices. However the other day I was *VERY* surprised.
I love Carnitias. I've lived in Boyle Heights and have tried the best of the best. So I was surprised when I ordered the Carnitas in a Coffee Shop, in Santa Monica, of all places, and found them amazingly juicy and remarkably flavorful.
I talked to the cook who said the flavor and texture came from slow roasting the spiced pork on a rotisserie for about 4 hours. This allows a natural crust to form versus the traditional deep fried approach. If you are a Carnitas fan - add this to your list of must tries.
They come on a platter with corn tortillas and beans and guacamole. I don't recall the salsa as being anything remarkable, I just remember that the entire plate worked well together. I was with a group so I don't remember the exact price. I'm guessing it was about $10.00. If you go let me know what you think.