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.

Shack Carnitas

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.

Eggnog Bread

I have to confess, I don’t really like eggnog. The taste is a little too strong for me. The one exception is pumpkin eggnog and that’s because it tastes like a pumpkin milkshake.

Though I’m not a fan of the drink, I don’t mind baked goods using eggnog as long as most of the eggnog flavor is hidden and all that is left are the spices. Every year my mom’s company gifts her with eggnog and no one in our house really drinks it. So this year, she gave it to me to bake with.

First up, I tried this eggnog quick bread. It came out just as I had hoped. Similar to other holiday quick breads, it’s tender, light, with just a hint of eggnog. Because eggnog has a lot of holiday spices, you don’t need to add much to the batter. You can drizzle some glaze on top or leave it plain.

Roadem


Roadem, the newest all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ restaurant, recently opened on Convoy in the plaza right next to Manna BBQ and replacing the former Seoul Korean BBQ.

I was actually quite excited by the idea of a new Korean BBQ spot. As much as I enjoy Manna, I find it to be on the pricey side and hate that they don’t have a cheaper lunch menu. I was hoping Roadem would provide more options.

Sure enough, during lunch Roadem offers both a reduced lunch menu as well as the full dinner menus. The lunch menu is $14.99 per person and includes eight meat options. The meal also includes a cabbage salad, steamed egg, and various banchan dishes.

Similar to Manna, Roaden also offers two dinner options. Dinner A is $19.99 per person. Dinner B is $24.99 per person and includes more seafood and meat options.


Even though the lunch menu seems quite limited in comparison to the dinner menu, we opted for it anyway because we didn’t want to stuff ourselves silly for lunch and not have any room for dinner.

First, we selected the meat choices we wanted to start out with. We were allowed to choose 4 (Manna only allows 2 at a time). The meats were brought out to us and put on the grill for us. I liked that they didn’t give us too much of each one, so that we could try more different items.

Our first selection consisted of spicy pork, beef ribs, brisket and chicken.

Our banchan dishes