Carnitas’ Snack Shack (North Park)

I read about Carnitas’ Snack Shack and from what I saw that day it looked like my kind of place.  It was only a matter of time before I’d sample pork and all the goodness that comes with it over there.  As you can see from the front, it really does look like a shack.  But it does have a pig on the roof in case you weren’t sure you made it to the right shack.  The window up front looks like they have a rotating menu that changes.  Most of the menu consist of pork but there are other items for people who just can’t handle the awesomeness.  I saw a few people order the steak sandwich that did look quite appetizing.  But how could I live with myself if I didn’t get something with pork in it.  Instead of erring on the side of caution, we dived right into the fatty goodness.  Yes that’s right, I had the pork sandwich. So I ordered it up front and went to the seating area/small parking lot in the back. There are a few tables and a long bar overlooking the artwork.



I sat down on the bar area with Michael, ready to battle the pork to the bitter end.  Before we got there, in my head I pictured a simple pork cutlet with some bread and maybe some lettuce.  Ahhh, but this was no ordinary sandwich.  Not once, not twice, but thrice did I read pork on the menu under the description for this sandwich.  Pork loin, pulled pork AND bacon.  For all you bacon lovers, this is it.  There’s no reason to go past the 4th item on the menu.  Just order it.  I guess there were some vegetables in it if you count the pepperocini-pickle relish.  No lettuce, no tomato, just a little garnish.  This is a man’s sandwich.  If you plan on going on a diet, I’d save this one for after you gave up and lost hope.  This should put you in the right direction.  The corn salad/salsa mixture was nice and refreshing to have with the sandwich.  I tried the sandwich by itself and it seemed a little dry, but coupled with the corn mixture all of the flavors came together like the sinful porkestra I’d imagined.  Wow.




No meal for me is complete without some sort of potato, so I just had to get the fries.  They were seasoned and fried just right.  They also make their own ketchup.  It was pretty light, and didn’t have all the heavy salt the packaged ketchup typically contains.  This was certainly welcomed considering the pork next door on the other plate.


We left happy campers after eating every last bite.  There were certainly other items on the menu we’ve got to try.  Can’t wait to go again!  See you there.


Carnitas’ Snack Shack
2632 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104

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Fooood! I love it if you can't tell already. I love everything about it. The taste, the smell, the look, the feel, the satisfaction, the gratification, and ultimately: the fun! I've been in San Diego for about 10 years now and it amazes me that there are still places to uncover. Traveling, eating, and taking pictures of food has always been a hobby of mine. So naturally Michael and I thought it made sense to share what we found with all of you. I tend to side with the savory but never shy away from a knock out dessert. If you have a place you think we haven't tried let us know! We're always on the lookout...

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7 Comments on “Carnitas’ Snack Shack (North Park)”

  1. I’ve been wanting to try this spot! The food looks delicious, great post! Check out my blog if you get a chance & let me know what you think! 🙂

    1. Try it! I just went back and got the tacos. Wow, they pack in the pork and toppings! The steak sandwhich is great too.

  2. I’m telling you! The pork belly is AWESOME! MY next visit that Appetizer! Will be my meal! So yummy! Can’t wait!you guys are the best!

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