Bangin’ carnitas tacos at the new La Carreta north location

click to enlarge GRIFFIN SWARTZELL

  • Griffin Swartzell

La Carreta, 6840 N. Academy Blvd., 477-1157, see Facebook page

Blanca Reyes and her mom, Lorenza Galvan, opened their second La Carreta in the former Lemongrass Bistro in September 2019, and when we heard, we had immediate flashbacks to our last visit to their Memorial Park-area location and the generously portioned Molcajete Duranguense.

When we mention it to our server as a basis for a recommendation from the menu here, she goes straight for the carnitas tacos. And within a bite, we can see why. Three tacos on corn tortillas pack a simple payload of crisped-up pork, and we’re asked if we want onions and cilantro on our tacos, which we answer with an enthusiastic yes. On their own, these tacos are a joy for the taste buds, every bite of pork full of flavor. Lime wedges and a tangy salsa verde take it to the next level, especially the verde; it has a kick and sneaks up on ya.

The plate comes with rice and refried beans, which rank fine. We only want for an adult beverage, but when we visit, their liquor license remains pending.