Pork paramours enticed by piggy product pride


The eggplant skewer appetizer is a perfect way to start a meal at Carnitas Snack Shack. Photo credit: Lauren J. Mapp

Lauren J. Mapp, Editor-in-Chief

A little meat and a little bit of vegetation await you at the swankiest little foodie shack to hit the city, Carnitas Snack Shack, located at 2632 University Ave. in North “Pork,” as their website jokingly states.

Pig mural covered fencing in view and a wooden, semi-enclosed patio make Carnitas perfect for those warm sunny days that are only too common in Southern California.

While you wait for your meal, relish in the aromatic smells from the kitchen that dance in your nostrils like a BBQ ballerina.

Crispy eggplant mini kebabs, layered with fresh slices of tomato and blue cheese with a drizzle of sweet glaze are a perfect appetizer to start your dining experience at Carnitas.

Try the shack steak sandwich if you want to spice up your life, or even if you just want to subject your taste buds to a little kick. This sandwich features thin layers of rib eye joined by pickled Serrano chilies and chipotle aioli between two pepper-embedded slices of brioche, accompanied by a side of sweet corn coleslaw.

If dining with a friend, share an order of the spiced fries, served in a quaint paper bag with their homemade ketchup. If you really like the seasoning on them, you can buy a container of their spice mix to make a facsimile of them at home.

The grownup, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup-style mousse cup from What’s Ben Baking is so dangerous that it will make you weak in the knees. The peanut butter mousse is so thick and creamy that it is reminiscent of cheesecake filling, and the dessert is topped with a chocolate lid, adorned with smoked almonds and sea salt.

Carnitas Snack Shack is the perfect quick stop shop for those days when you want something simple, but can’t subject yourself to the evil that is the fast food industry.

Anyone that loves to nibble on all things bacon, pork and ham will cry wee wee wee all the way home from Carnitas after strolling up to order a meal that surely won’t disappoint.

Pickled serrano chilis and fresh tomatoes add spice and tartness to Carnitas’ rib eye steak sandwich. Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp
French fry fans will certainly love munching on Carnitas’ seasoned fries. Photo Credit: Lauren J. Mapp
The eggplant skewer appetizer is a perfect way to start a meal at Carnitas Snack Shack. Photo credit: Lauren J. Mapp