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Carnitas' Snack Shack

2632 University Avenue, San Diego, CA
6192947675
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Ranked #40 of 4,067 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Late Night
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Yuma, Az
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I had heard about this place and I'm glad we visited! We had the pork belly appetizer first and that was delicious! I had the carnitas torta and that was also delicious! Other family members had the carnitas tacos, the steak sandwich and my youngest being so picky had the regular burger. No complaints, just compliments! Next time I want... More

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San Diego, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My wife and I live in SD and saw the shack highlighted in the Travel+Leisure magazine, which piqued our interest. While fearful of long lines at any place promoted in T+L it wasn't too bad - about 10-12 people ahead of us at 2 pm on a Saturday. But the reason it takes rather long to place an order is... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
241 reviews 241 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We tried the triple threat and it was so incredibly good and the French fries were great loved the atmosphere and bar on the patio will be back

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Livermore, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

First, they are located at 2632 University Ave. First impression / curb side appeal... nothing to special going on. And for me, that is the type of place that I look for as bland looking places usually have the best food at the best price. That is exactly what you will experience here! Ordered the carnitas tacos. Food was seasoned... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Tried this restaurant on the recommendation of a food blogger I follow. So happy I made the effort. The food is excellent. I had the pork belly with salad, my kids had the burgers and fries. The food is delicious and the presentation fun. The casual outdoor atmosphere is pleasant as well.

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San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Counter service can be a bit slow, and it can be hard to grab a table out back on the weekends , but the amazing food makes up for it!

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Dallas, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I had the pork belly and it was fantastic as well as sampled my friends dishes , everything was excellent and the prices can not be beat . If you are in San Diego I highly recommend that you check this place out and wish there was one close to me as it would be a favorite that I would... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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239 reviews 239 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I could not wait to try Carnitas' Snack Shack after reading on the great reviews. I can honestly say I was not disappointed. I had the triple threat pork sandwich and it was pretty good. My only comment would be the schnitzel could have been a little more seasoned. Other than that I found it quite good. I also had... More

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This place looks unassuming from the street and is in a somewhat run down neighborhood. As soon as you finish placing your order and head around to the side, BOOM!, you are transported to a cozy outdoor garden area. The food is pretty delicious, but can cause some serious damage to your cholesterol levels. I highly recommend the pork belly... More

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La Mesa, CA
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126 reviews 126 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

Carnitas Snack Shack never fails to please us! We LOVE the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich, which we split between us, so that we can fit in a delicious order of fries and the sublime Pork Belly Appetizer, which comes with a small, scrumptious salad! My only regret is that they didn't have the Bacon Ice Cream Sandwich this time, which... More

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