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Great Carnitas & Aqua Fresca @ Taqueria Guadalajara, Healdsburg

Melanie Wong | Aug 9, 200503:41 AM

After reading george's post about a not-so-good torta ahogada (drowned sandwich) on Saturday, I set off in search of one and thought Taqueria Guadalajara might be a good bet. It's been a while since I'd been here, and I soon found out that this place doesn't even make tortas of any kind.

But it does make drowned burritos. I went with a regular (meat, rice and whole beans) with carnitas. The warm chips and two salsas were as good as ever. The piña agua fresca was great with a well-turned tart-sweet balance and fresh pulpiness.

The burrito was topped with a medium-spicy ranchero-type tomato sauce with braised slices of onions, carrots and peppers. The flour tortilla was doughy and really detracted from the whole. But when I had the first bite of carnitas, I had a "WOW" moment. Crusty, well-seasoned, deeply porky meat, and it made me regret that I'd submerged such sublime carnitas in a tortilla tomb. I slit the whole thing open before the meat could steam any more trying to keep the crispy golden brown edges from softening. I liked 'em much better without the tortilla, beans and rice with just a bit of the chipotle salsa.

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