I’ve heard so much good buzz about Carnitas Snack Shack this year that I knew I had to try it before the year was over. I even blocked out a spot for it on my calendar.
The “shack” is set up like a small taco stand. You place your order in the front, and then walk around to the side where you can grab a seat on the patio. Carnitas Snack Shack specializes in slow cooked foods with an emphasis on pork. The name Carnitas comes from the owners’ mini pet pig bearing the same name.
The menu changes often and the menu of the day is written on the board. They also have a separate dessert menu with quite a few bacon and boozy dessert options.
Pork Belly App
This is probably their most famous dish and I knew I couldn’t come here without trying it. We were served a healthy serving of pork belly topped with a sweet chili glaze. The glaze was more sweet than spicy, but it worked.
Slightly crispy on the outside and melty fat on the inside. I could see why this would be so popular. It’s one of the better versions of pork belly I’ve had. I also enjoyed the apple radish salad.
I don’t know if you can tell from the picture, but each soft taco was absolutely stuffed with with moist shredded pork. I would have liked the pork to be slightly more seasoned but still enjoyed these.
Served on a grilled bun, with a layer of bacon jam in the middle. DH loved the bacon jam.
I thought the fries were too heavy on the seasoning and found them quite salty.
I had a hard time selecting only one dessert as each one sounded good. In the end we chose the Bacon Brittle Ice Cream Sandwich.
I really enjoyed this. The sandwich cookies were actually thin layers of fudgy brownies. The ice cream was studded with bacon brittle. I would get this one again, though I also want to try more desserts next time around as well.
We had a nice time here. The atmosphere is very relaxed and it was fun to eat outside. We found the menu items creative and are curious to see some of their other offerings. Neither DH or I felt extremely passionate about our experience, but it was a good time and we’d come back again at some point.
Carnitas Snack Shack
2632 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104