Pork Carnitas Tacos

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Restaurant:  La Casa, 93 Alexander Street, Rochester, NY  (585) 730-5025

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This Best Dish piece wanted so badly to be a Best Patio piece, but I’m sorry, sunny, spacious patio, the pork carnitas were just too good.

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On this gorgeous, sunny spring afternoon, plenty of people were already taking advantage of the margarita special and the unseasonably warm weather out on the patio, but I was here for the tacos.

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Like the burgers, pizzas and sandwiches we’ve reviewed, the pork carnitas tacos at La Casa sound simple but earned Best Dish status thanks to thoughtful preparation and best in quality ingredients – in this case, a citrus and cerveza marinated pork shoulder roasted low and slow, wrapped in a pillowy flour tortilla and topped with a spicy-sweet chipotle cream, cheddar-jack cheese blend, house made pico de gallo and fresh romaine with a hint of what I suspect was cabbage.

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Every taco on their menu is cooked to order, made without shortcuts and using only the finest ingredients. When a dish is as simple as this one is, you can’t hide the quality of the ingredients, and La Casa doesn’t try. Instead they let them proudly stand out in both beautiful presentation and proportion, for a messy, flavor-packed, immensely satisfying taco. As always, before diving in I took the time to appreciate each ingredient on its own, and found that the pork absolutely melted in my mouth, the pico de gallo was bright and fresh, and the chipotle cream packed just the right amount of smokiness and heat.

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Bold, bright flavors, rich, succulent pork, and an atmosphere that seems to make even Tuesday afternoon feel like a celebration. Viva La Casa.

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 -Allison Zimmer, A-List Contributor

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