HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
What's your latest food project? Get great advice
TELL US

carnitas please...

g
goldie8 Sep 3, 2009 07:05 PM

i had a dinner the other night of some really crappy carnitas and i've been obsessed with getting the real thing ever since...

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. s
    Silverlaker Sep 3, 2009 08:13 PM

    La Cabinita - Glendale/Montrose.

    1. monku Sep 3, 2009 08:29 PM

      Los Cinco Puntos a Mexican market makes some great carnitas for about $6/pound. Get some of their handmade tortillas to go with the carnitas.

      Los Cinco Puntos
      3300 E Cesar E Chavez Ave
      Los Angeles, CA 90063-2804

      Also try El Giro Gallo (many locations)
      http://www.gallogiro.com/

      1. streetgourmetla Sep 3, 2009 09:12 PM

        Wish there was a carnitas specialist around to send you to.

        Cinco Puntos uses a copper cauldron and offers multiple parts. They fall short on muscle tissues, but are good with cueritos, etc. Get them surtido(mixed) for a more moist texture. Flavor is good.

        Zamora Bros. offers many parts but again the moist meats are not the muscle tissue cuts.Those turned off by skin, snout,etc. will be stuck with decent, yet a tad dry carnitas.

        Metro Balderas looks very promising, DF style carnitas.I went by recently and they know what they're doing. Don't know how they cook them.

        The Michoacan style, cooked in lard(Mexican confit), or the Jalisco style of low n slow are going to yield the best results.

        The East Los boiled then fried will be soft, but lacking real carnitas flavor.

        I don't care for the Carnitas Michoacan chain, but others might recommend them, so depends on what you want.

        If someone knows a little shack with a copper pot, and nothing but carnitas on the menu, I'd love to know about it.

        7 Replies
        1. re: streetgourmetla
          b
          burntwater Sep 3, 2009 09:24 PM

          Metro Balderas is weekends only for the more unique cuts like the skin, snout, ribs and ect. Tacos are pretty big you can form two tacos from a single order.

          It' my main spot when I need a fix of carnitas.

          1. re: burntwater
            streetgourmetla Sep 3, 2009 09:29 PM

            The weekends are the time to go.They even have tacos de nana!(pig's uterus)

            1. re: streetgourmetla
              b
              burntwater Sep 3, 2009 09:50 PM

              Yes Nana, worth trying if you never had it and are adventurous. Keep in mind it is a very salty / briney cut.

            2. re: burntwater
              m
              mdpilam Sep 4, 2009 12:03 AM

              A big Third for Metro Balderas. Best carnitas I've had. Many cuts to choose from too. I thought about ordering it by the pound, but they give you so much meat with a taco order, it's insane! Literally more than 4 tacos worth of most taco places.

              1. re: mdpilam
                martyR Sep 4, 2009 07:58 AM

                Where is Metro Balderas?

                1. re: martyR
                  b
                  burntwater Sep 4, 2009 08:40 AM

                  Highland Park

                  5305 N Figueroa St
                  Los Angeles, CA 90042-4003
                  (323) 478-8383‎

                  There's parking behind the restaurant if nothing is available on the street.

                  1. re: martyR
                    streetgourmetla Sep 4, 2009 08:40 AM

                    The original is in Northridge, and there are branches in North Hollywood, Panorama City, the newest is in Highland Park recently mentioned by J Gold in a piece on carnitas.

                    These are DF style, so the taco is the way to go. They have maciza(face),cuerito(skin),buche(upper intestine), nana(uterus), costilla(rib), corazon(heart), trompa(snout), lengua(tongue),higado(liver),rinon(kidney), oreja(ear), and surtida(mixed). They also have muscle tissue meats!

                    DF street carnitas.

            3. c
              CulverJack Sep 3, 2009 10:40 PM

              I like El Parian's carnitas a lot. Salty, tender, and yummy. Carne Asada is also great, and of course, the goat is the main event.

              1. JAB Sep 4, 2009 08:44 AM

                LA Imperial Tortilleria
                (323) 261-4151
                3717 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90063

                1. j
                  Jodie Sep 4, 2009 09:49 AM

                  We think the carnitas at Vallarta Supermarkets are excellent. Buy some warm tortillas from the tortilleria to go with them. Yum!

                  1. mrshankly Sep 4, 2009 11:44 AM

                    Las Fuentes in Reseda... crispy and tasty
                    El Parian.... greasy, meaty and decadent
                    Carnitas Michoacan... good stuff and the Al Pastor is better.

                    1. yinyangdi Sep 4, 2009 05:00 PM

                      I like the carnitas at Alegria on Sunset

                      3510 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 90026
                      (323) 913-1422
                      http://www.alegriaonsunset.com/

                      1. JackonCrack Sep 5, 2009 12:33 AM

                        It's not as good as Los Cinco Puntos but Tacos a Tomas in the Grand Central Market has some tasty carnitas (i enjoy the carnitas torta, mmmmmmm) - they're not the moist soft kind, they're a bit crunchy.

                        Show Hidden Posts