Tuesday, February 24, 2009

This Little Piggy Went to Long Beach

When we came back from Catalina Island, we stopped by for a quick bite at Carnitas Michoacan No. 9 (31 W. Broadway, Long Beach). How could we resist a pig in a top hat?
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The place was dark, dingy, and decorated with fake flowers.
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Mr. Monkey's large horchata ($2.50) was quite delicious.
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Mr. Monkey ordered three tacos ($2.10 each for hard shells) -- carnitas, al pastor, and cabeza. Yes, cabeza. You may know these things as "pork," "adobo pork," and "beef cheeks." I found the cabeza a tad too fatty for my taste. Everything else had a nice rich flavor.
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I got the chuletas con nopales ($7.50). That's "pork chops with cactus." Could've been more tender, but yummy nonetheless. I ate the other half for lunch the next day. Still good reheated.
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Quick meal. Quick post.

11 comments:

  1. Do y'all yelp (or some other internet tool) to find these restaurants or just allow yourselves to stumble upon them?

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  2. We just stumbled upon this one! This happens a lot with our hole-in-the-wall visits.

    I'll often learn about nicer restaurants on other blogs or publications. I like reading those more than yelp or Chowhound. People get a bit pretentious on those sites. Turns me off.

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  3. Uh, are you sure Mr. Monkey's fatty taco was "beef cheeks?" That's not the part of the cabeza that I associate with tacos de cabeza.

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  4. Hmmm Mexican food sounds so good right now.

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  5. That building looks like an IHOP!

    I love tacos. mmmmm

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  6. oooh this place looks tasty. i love all sorts of mexican food.

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  7. A pig in a top hat at a Mexican food place? How random and funny. You're right, it's a must stop.

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  8. I work in downtown LB. I drive by this place every day but have never eaten there. I need to try it out with one of my more adventurous coworkers.

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  9. i'm drooling at that horchata. yum!

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  10. The last dish looks like one of my favorite Filipino dishes. But I've never had cactus in mine before. :-/

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