Category Archives: San Diego

Carnitas Snack Shack

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You have to love a restaurant with a big wooden pig on the roof. It wasn’t the reason my friend and I went here, actually we were headed somewhere else and I found it on Trip Advisor en route. It was ranked the number one restaurant in San Diego but you know how rankings are on social media. A “shack” specializing in pork things number one? We looked at each other with a WTF expression and then said in unison, “Well, WTF, why not!” Glad about that.

Atmosphere

Definite atmosphere, very relaxed and casual, as is most of San Diego. The ordering takes place at the shack, which is just about on the street. However, don’t start conjuring up images of yourself sucking down pork tacos in your car or on the sidewalk, just walk a bit to left of the shack to see the large outdoor patio. No worries, your order will be hand delivered. Don’t want to eat outside? What’s your problem, its the land of 68 degrees and eternal sunshine. I found the patio to be very social and it seems Californians just don’t have any social insecurities, they will talk to anyone in their proximity; very enjoyable.

Food

IMG_1159They know their pork, particularly how to roast it to delicious, smoky and moist perfection. I only had their roast pork tacos but they were the best; only adorned with some homemade guac and tomato, as not to distract from the flavor of the pork.

I noticed on the menu they had dessert and bacon was a prominent ingredient in the desserts. Curious but not curious enough, maybe next time, I certainly appreciate their loyalty to incorporating pork into everything!

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Friendly but slow. My suggestion is to order a beer and enjoy the social atmosphere while you wait; it will be about 30-45 minutes. I rather liked this local IPA from Green Flash.

Price

Most of the mains were around $10, apps $3-5 and beers about $5. Totally reasonable.

I ran into the owner of Carnitas, who was extremely warm, funny and personable. She told quite a story about how the name of the restaurant was also the name of her pet mini-pig. I could tell she had great affection for the her little piggy family member by the way she contrasted and compared her relationship with her pig and her husband,  however ironic is was to also own a restaurant serving almost exclusively pork items.

Such is life in California, don’t worry yourself trying to riddle it out, just enjoy it.

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Dinner: 16 June 2013

Carnitas Snack Shack | 2632 University Ave | San Diego, CA 92104

San Diego

I have a friend who lives on a yacht in San Diego. Let the waves of sympathy crash down for him; poor guy, so oppressed. Their are advantages and disadvantages to living on water but me thinks the advantages outweigh. As one of his neighbors claims, if you’re pissed off at your neighbors you can just drive your house away to Coronado Island for the day. There are worse escapes!

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I like San Diego, always have, but I had never considered it as a place to live until now. Most of my LLC business is with companies in San Diego. If that doesn’t pan out longer term, there is still the fact that San Diego still ranks high for tech careers. It ranked number 3, behind Seattle and San Francisco, in the US according to Forbes. No cities in Texas made that list, which isn’t really a surprise. Even if San Diego didn’t rank high for tech careers, it is beautiful and the people seem happy, not the obligatory happy of the south, which is more of a forced cultural obligation, rather they are  where they want to be and they are doing what they want to do.

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There is the little issue of cost. Money, schmoney! We all realize at this point that we’ll work until we’re dead; retirement is the new Chia pet – a quaint, vague notion from our parent’s generation and we really don’t see the point.

68 degrees and eternal sunshine is calling.