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“Eating high on the hog but cheaply”

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Carnitas de las Plazas
Ranked #16 of 43 Restaurants in Patzcuaro
Dining options: Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch
Pátzcuaro, Michoacán
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69 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Eating high on the hog but cheaply”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

Every day but Monday, just before noon, customers line up before the door of Carnitas Las Plazas for thr moment it opens at 12:00.

You pass before steaming hot cuts of pork cooked to melting tenderness. The counter people wil offer you a free sample to try. Tell them if you want "maciza" (solid,lean) or "surtida" (mixed, fat, rare bits of schweinfleisch). The surtida is juicier and more interesting, but not for timid eaters.

The carnitas are sold by the kilo in various increments or as tacos. There are only a few counter seats, facing the wall. Most customers get their carnitas "para llevar". or to go.


Visited October 2013
3 Thank Don C
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English first
Patzcuaro, Michoacan
Level Contributor
43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“There's a reason that you have to wait 1/2 hour just to get in to order!”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

This is a small 10 stool-at-the-counter restaurant located between Plaza Grande and Plaza Chica on Calle Irturbe. It doesn't start serving until 12:30 PM weekdays except Monday (closed), but that doesn't stop people from grabbing a stool inside at noon to be among the first served Tuesday through Friday. They open earlier on weekends and the story's the same. These are my favorite carnitas anywhere. Get there early and you get to pick your favorite pieces. Get there late and you don't eat. If you like pork, do NOT miss Carnitas de las Plazas. The food is usually gone by 1:30, so consider yourselves warned.

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank colinwcollier
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