Carnitas’ Snack Shack – Seen in San Diego Magazine’s New and Notable
January 24, 2012
When Hanis Cavin read Charlotte’s Web, we can only assume he salivated. The ex-Kensington Grill chef has finally opened Carnitas’ Snack Shack, a hole-in-the-wall full of warm swine. “There are fish houses and steakhouses,” he says. “This is our pork house.” His slab of spicy-sweet belly could be used to bludgeon disorderly vegans. He’s also got a BLT-on-brioche, a Black Forest ham-and-cheese, and even a semi-poutine with fries, pulled pork, and white-cheddar gravy made with bacon fat. His pièce de résistance? A Kaiser roll with pepperoncini-relish hosting breaded pork loin, pulled pork, and applewood-smoked bacon. More forms of pig than Les Girls’ lunch crowd. “This is not health food,” admits Cavin. No, sir. Go flax seed somewhere else. 2632 University Ave., carnitassnackshack.com.