Snapshot for the basis of the 4 button ranking:
menu options – CARNITAS DE PUERCO $6.5 LB, BARBACOA DE RES $7.5 LB
TORTILLAS $1.00 LB (yes, you read that correctly – $1.00 per POUND), THREE DIFFERENT FLAVORS OF HOMEMADE SALSA FOR $2 CASH EACH (CHIPOTLE, SUPER HOT AND MILD), FRESH CHICHARRONES, DEEP FRIED PORK RINDS, FRESH AVOCADOS & LIMES, FRESH QUESO – PRICES VARY, FRESH JUICES AND SODAS
quality of food – fresh, cooked to perfection, flavorful, melt in your mouth delicious, unique
presentation– this is a pure deli/carniceria experience. it can be overwhelming when you first walk in. if there is a line, stick by the meat area on your left and wait in line. there is usually a line of people to your right checking out. this is how it always is, so get over it and take a deep breath. it is clear the folks take pride in their meat-they want you to try it and they show it to you to make sure it is what you want. if you have questions, don’t be shy and ask away. this is run by truly lovely people who really know what they are doing.
end to end experience/ value and service – you can’t find anywhere more delicious, if you want some really good food, fast. folks are always friendly and the service is always top notch. the only challenge is if you forget to bring cash (you will likely end up psychotically digging in your purse, car and begging strangers for enough change to get some of the the dark and smoky chipotle salsa). the salsa is cash only, but you can use a debit card for the rest as long as you spend over $5.
Why did this get a four button? There are very few places around NoDa where you can run in and run out, without spending a reasonable amount of money AND less than 10 minutes. Everything usually requires calling in or waiting – with a tendency to feel like what you got wasn’t worth your money. Doug and I swear that this place is good every, single time. You always feel like you get what you pay for and the consistency/quality of the meat is top notch (thanks Ryan the Texan neighbor-for putting up with us until we FINALLY found it after searching for it quite a few times).
1. Go inside 2. Order 1lb Carnitas 3. Order 1lb Barbacoa 4. Order 1lb Tortillas 5. Order 1lb Queso Fresco 6. Get cups of salsa, particularly the dark and smoky chipotle one 7. Salute GutCharlotte after your first bite