Best BLT from Carnitas’ Snack Shack
By Susan Russo
BLT. Those three letters in that order are beautiful.
A modest combination of crisp bacon, juicy beefsteak tomatoes and cool lettuce on warm toasted bread, the BLT is an iconic American sandwich that dates to the 1920s and likely evolved from the British Bacon Butty, or bacon sandwich. Despite its age and humble nature, the BLT never loses its charm, especially for lunch on a lazy Saturday afternoon.
Originally a seasonal summer snack, the BLT became a staple after World War II when the expansion of supermarkets made fresh lettuce and tomatoes available year-round. You can find countless BLT variations across the country. Some people add pesto, chipotle mayo or avocado slices while others swap bacon for slices of Canadian bacon, prosciutto or pancetta. A select few use peanut butter instead of mayo. (I’m not sure about peanut butter. Whaddya think?)
In San Diego, the pig-worshipping folks at Carnitas’ Snack Shack (a local, farm-to-table eatery) have created their own version of the classic BLT: Two slabs of golden, sweet toasty brioche are packed with juicy tomato slices, crunchy lettuce, grilled ham, creamy aioli and a magnificent amount of crisp, salty bacon ($8). It defines sublime simplicity.
If, make that, when, you go to Carnitas’ Snack Shack, get an order of regular fries (pictured above) or seasoned fries ($2.50), which are impossibly light, hot and crisp.