Carnitas' Snack Shack – Seen in LOCALE San Diego Magazine

June 11, 2013
Carnitas' Snack Shack in LOCALE San Diego MagazineCarnitas’ Snack Shack was featured in LOCALE Magazine’s June issue in an article about San Diego restaurants with outdoor dining. Last year we expanded our patio seating, and this summer we have a new outdoor bar for local craft beers, called The Pig Pen. Come by and spend a sunny Summer day with us!

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LOCALE San Diego Magazine, June 4th, 2013
By Sophie Mae

Carnitas' Snack Shack in LOCALE San Diego Magazine
Carnitas Snack Shack in San Diego. Photo by Tricia Meteer for Locale Magazine.

San Diego is known for its perfect weather, beautiful beaches and some of the best restaurants in the world. But in the age of Top Chef and the Food Network, great food and creative cuisine is just the beginning of the makings of a great restaurant. These days, a hip and unique atmosphere is crucial to a truly special dining experience. So, we made it our mission to test, try and taste eats from some of San Diego’s best al fresco dining destinations. After three days, thirty-four delicious dishes, twenty-seven cocktails and ten desserts (and five lbs later), I’d say our mission was accomplished! We experienced every type of cuisine you can think of, all while taking in the local sights and breathtaking views the city has to offer.

Consider this your guide to the tastiest bites and hippest hot spots in San Diego. The list includes everything from waffle sandwiches at BOXD to seared ahi cooked on hot rocks heated to over 500 degrees at Pacific Coast Grill. Is your mouth watering already? We thought so.

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8. Carnitas’ Snack Shack

2632 University Ave
San Diego, CA 92104

Most folks know Carnitas’ Snack Shack by the large wooden pig that sits on top of the Shack’s roof. What most people don’t know is that the art piece was inspired by Carnitas, the owner’s pet pig. Though we didn’t get to meet the vegan piggy (he was getting his beauty rest), we did get to try some of the “pork-centric” dishes that “The Shack” is known for.

Chef Hanis Cavis and co-owner Sara Stroud are passionate about two things — pork and giving back. Their philosophy behind the SnackShack has always been to bring the people of North Park the best pork in town, while helping to cultivate a sense of togetherness in their community. They make educational trips to local farms and provide food for local school and charity events.

“I’ve gained 20 lbs since I started eating here,” one Carnitas’ faithful told us, “And the food is so good, I don’t even care!” While their pork is undeniably delicious, their other custom dishes and craft beers are just as tasty. Their menu changes daily, because they only use local family farmers and ranchers to supply their ingredients, but the SnackShack Burger and the BLT are must-tries.

Native Knowledge: Did you know that Carnitas the pig is an international superstar on YouTube and frequently makes appearances at The Shack? Come and say hi while you stop by for a beer and a Pork Belly appetizer. We promise, we won’t tell him what it’s made of.

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