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Casa Carnitas

AndrewS | Mar 12, 200502:26 AM

With a name like this, visiting was inevitable. In fact, it was necessary as I was nearly wrecking driving by 'cos of my daydreaming gaze.

Location: Beverly and Edgemont on the border of K-town and Silverlake, next to an auto shop.

Walking in the door- red leather booths. Brightly colored paintings of Aztec love, at least one of which appeared to be on black velvet. On the door to an employee area- an illustration of a smiling pig in a kettle. I take that as a good sign.

First off, chips, salsa, and refried beans. Beans are tasty, but nothing distinctive. The salsa is a salsa roja, loaded with dried peppers. Very nice flavor.

Cochinita pibil taco- the cochinita pibil was richly flavored, but seemed to lack a certain complexity. Good, but not the best I've had. I'd easily try it again.

Carne Asada Yucateca with black beans and plantain- excellent, served with a hot salsa verde that didn't seem tomatillo based. Some form of ground green, medium hot, which nicely complemented the tangy marinade of the carne asada, made perfect with a bite of the pickled onions served with it. Excellent.

The Carnitas- these come from the crispy school of carnitas. They have a deeply porky flavor, sizable chunks of pork, crisp on the outside and meltingly tender within. The taste is pure pork, unadulterated. It needs something- the salsa roja- this makes it near perfect, hot, sweet, rich. Some of my favorite carnitas to date. The carnitas burrito now sounds intriguing, as does the rest of the menu.

Cost- $25 for 2 people with 2 main dishes, a taco, and 3 sodas.

I'll be back to work through the menu- this is a complete find.


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