Best Sandwiches in San Diego: Carnitas Snack Shack Review

New sandwich shop in San Diego...Your exclusive first look



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The all-American sandwich still holds an important spot in our hearts. 

Here's an exclusive first look into San Diego's latest sandwich shop. 

Carnitas' Snack Shack

2632 University Ave, San Diego
(619) 294-7675 | Visit website

Open daily from noon ’til midnight, experience a tail waggin’ dining experience at San Diego’s original fast-casual, pork-centric eatery in the North Park neighborhood. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Hanis Cavin and Sara Stroud, Carnitas’ Snack Shack offers farm-fresh food, local craft beer, wine and snacks. “We change a portion of our menu every day and try to utilize as many products as possible from local farmers and artisan cheese and sausage makers,” says Chef Cavin. “We have an unassuming facade, and I think the quality of our food sometimes surprises people at first.” 

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Don’t let this shack fool you. An outdoor-only dining establishment, the atmosphere is bright and lively, yet laid-back but attentive. Offering elaborate presentations, Chef Cavin is constantly striving to use only sustainable and organic ingredients. “My relationship with local growers and artisan food producers is continuing to expand as I become more known for my food,” he says. “Every day I have the chance to create a meal that no one has ever tasted before. I want my guests to feel that they just ate something that was truly memorable.” Popular favorites include the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich with pork loin schnitzel, pulled pork, bacon, pepperoncini relish and shack aioli or Snack Shack Steak Sandwich with sliced rib eye, pepper jack, tomatoes, pickled serrano and chipotle aioli. 

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