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Dec 10, 2011 03:11 PM

Carnitas tacos/burritos

Where can I get a good carnitas taco or burrito? Take out or dine in. I live in Point Loma, work in North Park. Will go a distance. Just don't send me to Poway....

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  1. OK way out of your way but if you find yourself in North County I would say
    Mariscos Ensenada
    1405 S El Camino Real # 109B, Oceanside, CA 92054

    I love carnitas and most of the time they are too
    greasy. This place does it right. Tender, full of flavor, everything carnitas should be.

    I know others will give you great recs closer to you but again if up this way check them out.

    1. Easy.

      Dos Brasos on San Diego Avenue, a few blocks north of Washington Street.

      Also Nicos in the Morena district- both top-notch places.

      TIP top.

      1. IMO, the best taco shop carnitas in that vicinity is at El Cuervo in Hillcrest, at the corner of 1st and Washington. It's a family owned and operated spot, and their carnitas has had a good reputation for many, many years. (I was going there for their carnitas back in the mid-'90s when I lived in OB)

        Another good one, though out of your way and a little hard to get, is at a taco shop in the middle of a Clairemont suburb called Maritza's. They only make the carnitas on Wednesdays, and you need to call your order in to reserve some because they sell out. It's quite a generous serving, with good quality accompaniments.

        Super Cocina in City Heights also makes excellent carnitas, as does the place next door to them, Carnitas Estillo Michoacan.

        As for the taco/burrito question - all the above places serve them as a plate from which you can assemble your own. But all except Maritza's will do them as tacos/burritos.

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        1. re: Josh

          Maritza's does make carnitas burritos on Wednesdays. No carnitas tacos though.

          1. re: nileg

            Their carnita's plate has all the fix'ns to make some awesome carnita's tacos and the plate is enough to feed 2.

        2. Carnitas Snack Shack just opened up in North Park this week (I seem to recall this was the former's Vo's Vietnamese Food stand)

          I have not been yet.

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          1. re: zmirzlina

            Not only Vo's but a respectable taco shop before that.

            I've been to Carnitas Shack twice, and had four of their menu items- the Eggplant App, the Pork Sandwich, the Carnitas Tacos and the Carnitas Torta.

            Chef Hanis Cavin is a great guy and he's done a very nice makeover of the space. Front counter service is helpful and friendly.

            Bravo for starting something new, and best of luck!

            1. re: Fake Name

              Wow, they've only been open since Wednesday and you've been 4 times? Must be good :-)

              1. re: DiningDiva

                I've been twice, tried four dishes, and I like the people there.

                1. re: Fake Name

                  Without asking you to criticize the food, do you think that there is likely to be improvement if they are open for a while?

                  1. re: JRSD

                    In general,I think more time might help provide more consistent service and food temperature.

                    1. re: JRSD

                      Went today, tried the pork rilletes and carnitas tacos.

                      I think these were less successful than the pork sandwich.

                      Couple of things:

                      1) Tacos come w/ guacamole and pico, but they offer no salsa on the side, and have no salsa on hand. That is a flaw, especially when the carnitas are on the dry side.

                      2) Rilletes need to be ordered with toppings on the side. Mine came out buried under mounds of tomato marmalade and pickled onions, which overwhelmed the delicate flavor of the rilletes. Scraping the toppings off helped, but this item feels like it needs more work.

                      1. re: Josh

                        They've only been open a week. All sorts of things happen the first few weeks after opening. I'm wondering if the misstep with the rilletes isn't more of a training issue in the kitchen rather than a conceptual flaw in the dish. If it's conceptual, that's too bad. If it's training, that will probably fix itself over the next couple of weeks.

                        Did the tacos arrive with the guac and pico on the side or on top of the taco? Really, the best tacos de carnitas come with a little side plate of finely mince white onion, finely chopped cilantro, little lime wedges and a beaker of salsa de chile manzana. If the corn tortillas are of good quality and the carnitas have been prepared properly, you don't need all the extra "stuff". (Yes, I'm a purist when it comes to carnitas <gg>)

                        If you're comfortable doing so, you might want to drop them a line and let them know your feelings about the rilletes. They might appreciate the feed back.

                        1. re: DiningDiva

                          Guac and pico on the taco, lime on the side. No cilantro or salsa.

                          1. re: Josh

                            Bummer, that kinda ruins a good taco for me. Makes it more about the guacamole than the meat

                2. re: Fake Name

                  Went on Friday and greatly enjoyed the pork sandwich.

                3. re: zmirzlina

                  We just stopped by Carnitas Snack Shack today at noon. It was closed. No sigh of anyone. No sign with the hours they are open. Oddly, we drove right by again at 2:45 and there was a big "Closed" sign in the window facing University that had not been there at noon!?! When is the place open?? Seemed like an interesting menu.

                  1. re: wrldtrvl

                    From their website:

                    Now open from noon to midnight daily, closed Tuesdays

                4. El Porvenir in Barrio Logan is supposed to have some of the best carnitas ever..
                  Las Cuatro Milpas close by too..

                  Full disclosure..never ever had carnitas but going by my trusty DH and others..
                  Tofu pork tacos and burritos will ONE DAY be the norm and I will be singing and drumming their praises..
                  ; )

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                      1. re: foodiechick

                        Now *that* just might be worth breaking the diet for...

                        1. re: foodiechick

                          Thank you, foodiechick. I saw the black ribbons (again) on the doors but thought they were closed for good. Great news following a sad situation.