Carnitas Sandoval - my favorite, semi-hidden carnitas source
In catching up with the San Francisco Chowhound boards I noticed that one of my favorite, semi-hidden places in the Mission appears to have not been written about before (or at least not in the past year).
So here is a quick capsule review - will add photos when I have a chance to go take some.
Carnitas Sandoval is a small, almost entirely take out place in the Outer Mission, along Mission St past Bernal Heights. It is, however, well worth staying on the 14 bus a bit longer or the extra bit of a drive. It is mostly a take out place - you can buy meat to make your own carnitas, can buy pre-cooked carnitas, or you can buy tacos (highly recommended) to eat there or take away.
They have a range of carnitas - but pretty much only carnitas - this is a place that knows what they do well and sticks to it. Nothing fancy, cheap prices, great flavor.
In short my favorite type of hidden (well hidden in plain sight) type of gem. Well worth further exploration - they usually be out of some of their various cuts when I've been there midday on a Saturday as I walked back from the Allemeny market.
Carnitas Sandoval (CLOSED)
3723 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Thanks for the report. This place is relatively new, part of the reason you haven't seen any reports on it. I went in about the time they opened, and they had almost nothing...but a range of carnitas definitely is worth checking out and I've been thinking I should go back. Thanks for the push in the right direction!
The signs out front say they have chicharrones..mmmmm
I'll try to stop by there in the next few days and report back w/photos. Ribs and Shoulder and I think they also offer skin (I'll try to jot down the right terms in Spanish). Usually however the rib meat and often the skin have been sold out by when I'm there - but everything is very, very tasty.