Bon Appétit: Cheap Eats
Great restaurants abound throughout the Southland, many offering meals at extremely affordable prices. For the seventh straight year, we sent our reviewers out to find those places where two can eat for $25 or less. Here’s what they discovered.
Cheap Eats — San Diego
Carnitas’ Snack Shack, La Comadre, and Spicy King
By David Nelson
Westways, March/April, 2013
From a pork-lover’s paradise to a tongue-searing Szechuan spot, here are our top picks for great chow at affordable prices.
Carnitas’ Snack Shack
Porcine pleasures abound at Carnitas’ Snack Shack, so named for the pet pig owned by celebrated chef Hanis Cavin and his wife/co-proprietor, Sara Stroud. Try the towering “Triple Threat” sandwich of breaded pork schnitzel, applewood-smoked bacon, and slow-roasted pork on a brioche bun with tangy aioli. Informal but gourmet, Carnitas’ requires guests to order at a sidewalk window, and then sends them around back to dine on the patio. The menu, priced mostly under $10, changes daily but usually offers a plush BLT, overflowing carnitas tacos spread with guacamole, and a rich mac ’n’ cheese with bacon. The bacon ice cream sandwiches claim quite a following. 2632 University Avenue, San Diego; 1-619-294-7675.