From the moment you walk in, you know you're going to have a good meal and a good time at El Carnicero. You can't help but be amazed at the brightly colored lucha libre masks that line the walls and how great the food smells.
Let's start with the guacamole. The menu for guac ranges from traditional to unconventional with selections like smoked trout and bacon or jicama, pineapple and mint. I opted for the goat cheese, tomato and chile poblano. I was blown away! The tanginess of the goat cheese complimented the creaminess of the avocado and the poblano added a subtle heat. It was perfectly seasoned and I enjoyed every bite of it.
For the main entree you can have either tamales or taquitos. Just like the guac, however, El Carnicero does not make your normal, everyday tamale or taquito. The tamale is served deconstructed with the corn meal at the bottom topped with whatever you ordered. It made for a unique presentation, something I had never seen before.
I picked the tamales al pastro, which had adobo and citrus stewed pork. The pork was delicious and went well with the fried egg and chicharrones I added. Who can turn down fried egg or chicharrones? I certainly couldn't and it was heaven on a plate. The chicharrones added a nice crunch while the fried egg add some down home good ness that was simply irresistible.
El Carnicero is definitely worth a visit!