Thanks to this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4272... I had some tasty carnitas at Las Islitas in Sunnyvale yesterday. The shredded pork was perfectly browned, still nice and moist, and dripping with lard.
I also tried the Desebrada (shredded beef) - I asked if it was cabeza, but from the response I don't think it was from 'that' part of the cow. The beef was on the dry side, and the red chili marinade didn't seem to have penetrated the meat. Maybe best dipped in some salsa.
The al pastor definitely had good flavor, but the texture was that of being over-marinated (almost mushy). Funny though, as the pork pieces had a smoky bbq flavor. Maybe they grill it off site? There's no rotating spit here that I saw.
They had free chips (on the thick side) and a decent salsa bar with the standard selections. The patrons, murals, and blaring music gave the place that authentic feel.
Any other suggestions in the neighborhood?