With multiple locations in Toronto, I have finally tried out La Carnita. Keep in mind, Mexican food and I are still relatively okay with each other.
Came here with my brother for dinner. We tried to dine here once as it’s close to where we live but there was a line for tables. Little did we know, the place is actually bigger than in looks; there are more seating towards the back.
If you’re looking for a quiet night, La Carnita is not the place. But for decent tacos, yes. Also, dietary restrictions are taking into consideration; our server inquired and I asked for no cheese. Cue in the light of salvation when I did not get a weird look or a “sorry, we cannot do that”. Bless you, La Carnita. One of my worries about going to Mexican restaurants is that I wouldn’t be able to eat 80% of what’s on the menu because it had cheese in it. But I get it when modifications are frown upon, partly what makes a good taco is the cheese.
I do apologize for the quality of the photos… the lighting is terrible.
Carnita ($4.95 each) – confit pork, jalapeño sauce, mango salsa, queso añejo (omitted), guacamole, chicharron and cilantro.
Pollo Frito ($4.95 each) – crispy chicken thigh, peanut mole, honey, Rossy’s hot sauce, green cabbage and salsa fresco.
Tostada de Ceviche ($6.50 each) – Albacore Tuna, guacamole, coconut milk, habanero, tomato and cucumber. Beef Short Rib ($5.50 each) – Ancho braised short rib, lime avocado, green cabbage, pickled jalapeño, crispy shallots, queso anejo and charred pepper sauce
In Cod We Trust ($4.95 each) – Cod, Voltron sauce, lime crema, pickled red cabbage, green apple and cilantro.
My favourite would have to be the Carnita, it’s sweet and spicy.
For dessert, we ordered paletas ($4 each) – essentially frozen popsicles. Flavours vary. The paletas are from La Carnita’s sibling, Sweet Jesus. Yes, that Sweet Jesus. I have my gripes about Sweet Jesus, but I’ll give them credit for the paletas… they are 100x better than the ice cream concoctions.
My brother had Key Lime Pie. I had the Cookie Monster, which was frozen cream pop with entire Oreos inside and covered in Oreo cookie crumbs. So messy, but it was really good.
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