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Carnitas Lonja

It takes just one good thing to put you on the map, and so it goes with Carnitas Lonja, a tiny spot just south of downtown. Inside there’s a counter with a big metal tina, or tub, filled with the juiciest, most luscious pork carnitas, cooked in the style of Michoacán, the homeland of owner Alex Paredes. Outside, a few picnic tables under leafy trees make for the perfect eating venue. A modest place, yes, but Paredes earned his chops in upmarket kitchens before opening this homage to pork. Actually, you might also find menudo or birria (here, a savory deep-flavored beef stew), but it’s the full-fat flossy carnitas tacos with fiery chile de arbol salsa or freshly chopped pico de gallo that keep us coming back. Corn tortillas are patted out as you order, with a scoop of guacamole and a few chopped onions as the finishing touch. If you haven’t been, make a pilgrimage soon: this modest spot was recently named a best new restaurant by Eater and Bon Appétit. (Although in theory the cafe is open until seven, in reality the doors close when the carnitas are gone, usually a few hours after lunch.)

City: San Antonio

Cuisine:

Drinks: BYOB

Price: $

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1107 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX, 78210

Hours: L Tue–Sun.

Phone: 210-612-3626

Last updated: August 14, 2018