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Jan 10, 2011 03:21 AM
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Great Carnitas Tacos at Reyes Deli on the edge of Sunset Park

With Calexico Taco right around the corner from me and the entire Sunset Park Taco joint and Taco truck empire just a few minutes away from me in a car, I still find myself lusting after the Carnitas tacos at Reyes Deli. I'm not quite sure what it is about them -- the marniade, the spices? -- but they take awhile to make and are of the great simple variety -- carnitas and lime and onion and some green hot sauce on the side. In cold weather, I eat them in the car. In warm weather I eat them on the bench outside the laundrymat next store. Either way, when I bite into a Reyes Carnitas taco, I am blessed with one of the great bites around -- meaty, spicey and savory with the citrus tang of lime and the crunch of onion. It is the alchemy of cheap cuts of meat made tender through marination, a well used griddle and the thoughtful eye of a short order maven who knows when to gather it all up!

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Reyes Deli and Grocery
532 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Calexico
122 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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