Carnitas' Snack Shack Steak Sandwich – Seen in Serious Eats
September 5, 2012
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A Sandwich A Day: Steak Sandwich from Carnitas’ Snack Shack, San Diego
By Erin Jackson
Back when I visited to try the burger, the “Crack Shack” was only a few months old, but already gaining a loyal following. Now, there’s a line-up in place before they even open, something I’ve only ever seen at Hodad’s.
Pork is the focus, whether it’s in the form of a BLT, carnitas tacos, or the pork sandwich (a triple-hit of pig with pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork, and bacon), but I’m completely stuck on their steak sandwich ($9). The substantial ‘wich features thinly sliced ribeye steak piled on thick slices of toasted jalapeño cheddar bread with tomato, pickled serranos, jalapeño jack cheese, and a generous squeeze of Shack aioli.
Heat from the steak melts the aioli, coating the already juicy beef with even more moisture, while the spicy components deliver a spike of heat in every bite. The bread is magnificent, with subtle echos of cheese and pepper that complete one of the most instantly addictive sandwiches I’ve ever tasted. Add a side of seasoned fries ($2.50) and you’ve got enough food for two people.
Carnitas’ Snack Shack
2632 University Ave, San Diego CA 92104