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Monday, October 15, 2012
TWO TAKE OUTS WITH LINES AROUND THE BLOCK
San Diego loves its take out restaurants
Carnitas Snack Shack
WORTH THE WAIT—If you check foodie guides looking for the most
popular restaurants in San Diego, you’ll probably not see Carnitas Snack Shack
or Las Cuatro Milpas on the list.
Cuatro Milpas has been around (the block) in San Diego’s Barrio Logan
neighborhood for a while. Award winning
Carnitas Snack Shack is less than a year old after opening in North Park.
lines at both restaurants are longer than a jilted prom date’s memory.
Cuatro Milpas, 1875 Logan Ave., 619-234-4460, is simply excellent Mexican food
sold in large portions.
Snack Shack, 2632 University Avenue, 619-294-7675, is what happens when a
highly trained and motivated chef remodels a tiny Mexican take out stand into a
gourmet experience. Blockbuster sales
and lines around the block has forced a remodel to provide limited
seating. Stylish as it is, it is still a
tiny take out. Who cares? Bring a
plastic garden chair since it’s muy rude to cut in line.
NEWS: San Diego Architectural Foundation held its yearly
Orchids and Onions Awards last week.
Carnitas Snack Shack was up for a design award this year.
the judges gave a couple of beach toilets top awards and ignored the much
better looking Carnitas Snack Shack. Not
winning probably doesn’t phase Chef Hanis Cavin and partner Sara Stroud because
they’re the hottest tick in town. Their new
restaurant concept has totally revitalized a dumpy take-out stand, and provided
design style on top of gourmet farm-to-table food at an affordable prices.
new Carnitas Snack Shack was designed by architect Jared Bradley, who
reinvented the old Vo’s Cafe as a modern outdoor dining experience. No stranger
to the neighborhood, Bradley had previously designed the brilliant Linkery restaurant,
also in North Park.