A Sandwich A Day: Steak Sandwich from Carnitas' Snack Shack, San Diego

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[Photographs: Erin Jackson]

Carnitas' Snack Shack is sizzling. The North Park restaurant was recently named best cheap eats by San Diego Magazine and won a Silver Fork Award from San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine.

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 (map)
619-294-7675; carnitassnackshack.com

About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax