Recently Oxnard made the news because one of its restaurants - Carnitas el Rey - landed on Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in 2017 list. The restaurant is in a not so nice part of Oxnard, across from the train station in a somewhat dilapidated building. I drive past at least once a week but have never even considered stopping. When my coworker decided we should try it out I was game. This spot literally only sells carnitas which is seasoned, slow cooked pork that is shredded. When we got there, the line was out the door and every table was full. That line stayed out the door the entire hour we were there.
Come on in!
Just a little counter with only six items on the menu: a pound of carnitas, a taco, rice and beans, tortillas, pico de gallo, and salsa or chiles. They didn't need anything else.
That's me and Edna and Spenser waiting in anticipation.
I got this and a pop for $12 and that included a tip. What looks like onions in those gigantic tacos are actually pieces of pork fat to make the taco even more moist and savory than it already was. Every bite was delicious and one taco filled me full. Spenser was more adventures and conquered three but he is also a 29-year old male who happens to be about 6'5". This spot basically only stays open until they run out of pork and considering the crowds, things will likely stay that way. Delicious.