Eaten The Carnitas At Nopalito

“Thou shall not kill. Thou shall not commit adultery. Don't eat pork.  I'm sorry, what was that last one? Don't eat pork. God has spoken.  Is that the word of God or is that pigs trying to outsmart everybody?”
Jon Stewart

Last week, I used a pressure cooker to make carnitas.  This week, I wanted to try the carnitas at
Nopalito, which is #52 on the 7x7 Big Eat List.  I called to pick up some food from them on the way home from work.

The restaurant is located on Broderick Street (between Oak and Fell) in Falletti’s Plaza, a little shopping area I had never even heard about before.  (It’s right across the street from the DMV.)

This is how the restaurant describes itself:

Nopalito serves organic Mexican food, much of it made from
locally sourced ingredients. Our masa is house-ground from organic corn. Our chorizo, queso fresco, tortillas, and bread are made on the premises. Our specialties include slow-cooked rustic dishes and a wide variety of salsas. We are dedicated to serving the authentic cookery of Mexico and helping to create a sustainable community.

I ordered a few items from the restaurant.  One of the items was a Ceviche Verde de Pescado y Calamare (Marinated rock cod, calamari, lime, tomatillo, jalapeño, cilantro, avocado and tortilla chips).

Another item we wanted to try out was the Pepinos con Chile y Limón (Salad of cucumber, pickled onion, lime and chile).

The Carne Asada con Nopales (Seared skirt steak, cactus, onions, black beans, queso fresco and salsa de pasilla negro y tomatillo) was another one of our selections.

J shredded some of the carnitas, and it looked delicious.  Nopalito describes this dish as braised pork, orange, bay leaf, milk, cinnamon and beer Cabbage salad, pickled jalapeño and salsa de tomatillo.

I really enjoyed the carnitas and the cerviche, but was pretty disappointed with the cucumber salad and the carne asada.  I feel like the cucumbers didn’t have much flavor.  The steak seemed overcooked to me, but maybe I could ask for it more rare next time.  Also, since I did take out, that may have been a factor in my enjoyment as well.

That being said, the carnitas was very good.  Both J and I really enjoyed it.  It’s definitely worth a try if you’re in the area, which you could do after renewing your license or registration.
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