Craft Beer and Tacos at Carnitas’ Snack Shack- San Diego (North Park)
Name: Carnitas’ Snack Shack North Park
Where: 2632 University Avenue San Diego, California 92104
Cost: $8.00 – $10.50 | Fries with house bacon ketchup $3.00
About: Chef Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack in the North Park neighborhood of San Diego in 2011. Like their website says, they serve “slow food-inspired, pork-centric American cuisine” and “locally sourced craft beers.”
What I ate: Tacos Carnitas were delicious. Inside each soft and warm corn tortilla was a massive mound of succulent shredded pork, tender and moist, with nice caramelized bits. The meat was topped with fresh pico de gallo and a dollop of guacamole. Served with a small cup of Mexican sweet corn salad as a side, this dish was divine.
What I drank: Pizza Port Pick 6 Pilsner (5.2% ABV) brewed by Pizza Port Solana Beach. A West Coast-style Pilsner, i.e., intense on all levels: sunny yellow color; lemon, grassy, wheat grain aroma; bitter balanced with sweet, lemony, kinda earthy; clean, refreshing finish with a slightly tart aftertaste. Overall, exemplary of the style, and it paired well with the tacos.
Likes: Service is excellent and orders are delivered quickly to your table out back. It’s nice sitting outside in the garden/patio area surrounded by planter boxes of herbs and flowers, boxed trees, and tall hedges. Little birds hop around chirping, and lunch in this secret garden is a respite from the busy day. There’s plenty of places to sit and colorful umbrellas provide shade on hot days.
Dislikes: Parking is difficult, but not the fault of the restaurant. Even if you have to park a block away, the short walk is worth it.
The Verdict: I have eaten here numerous times, alone and with friends. We all agree: all the food here is delicious, and the craft beers are spot on. The service is spectacular, just like the food. The garden environment in the back is laid back, friendly, hip, and San Diego style. Parking can be a hassle, and the lines can be long, but these inconveniences are worth the great food and craft beer that await you. Cheers!Share This: