It’s easy to mistake Don Pedro Carnitas for a random restaurant on 18th Street not worth your time. It's kind of scary looking, like when you accidentally flip your iPhone camera around and catch a glimpse of yourself. But don't miss out, because there's more to Don Pedro than the flashing sign and bars on the windows out front.
Don Pedro is a special place if you know what’s going on inside, and what’s going on inside is a whole lot of carnitas. Translated literally, carnitas means “little meats,” but in reality you're going to get a lot of meat on a plate. The first thing you’re hit with walking in the door is the sight, sound, and smell of a huge pile of fried chicharrones (pork rinds) being chopped to pieces, a precursor for the porky goodness to come. Take a peak in the back to see the large quantities of pork simmering in giant copper pots - they're doing things old school here.
Beginners should get the carnitas platter and stick to the basic white and dark pork meat, or get adventurous with a mix that includes pig ribs, liver, and skin. Either way it'll come with warm tortillas, cilantro, onions, and salsa meant for excellent taco making, plus you’ll get some of those chicharrones from the front. Don't forget cash because it's all they take.
On weekdays Don Pedro gets a steady crowd at lunch, and on the weekends you’d think it’s 2000 and Britney Spears is inside. The line starts early, but waiting is part of the experience, an experience we're confident will prove to you why Don Pedro is a special place inside.
Fried pork rendered in its own fat. You can get white meat, dark meat, ribs, skin, and stomach. A half order is $8 and more than enough food for one person, which means a whole order for $16 will easily feed two if not three. The platter comes with warm tortillas, cilantro, onions, pickled peppers, and chicharrones, so make yourself tacos until you can’t eat anymore.
Don’t want a whole platter but need something on the go? Pop into Don Pedro and order carnitas tacos with chopped onions and cilantro for $2.50 a piece.
Only available on the weekends, but worth a try in addition to your carnitas.
They'll come with the platter. Eat them, and sprinkle them on the tacos you make too.
Also only available on the weekends. Also very good. Split half a goat and half a carnitas platter with somebody else.