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Carnitas, a Mexican weekend treat

Tom Hanchett, 2009

Lupitas Carnitas - insideBack in small-town Luvianos, Mexico, Sunday mornings meant going out for fresh-made tortillas stuffed with carnitas – roasted pork. Adan Jaramillo has been in the U.S. seventeen years and built a thriving construction business here.  But he missed that downhome tradition.

So six months ago he and his uncle Modesto opened Lupita Tortilleria y Carniceria on North Tryon Street near Eastway Drive.  The front part is a butcher shop selling all sorts of meat including chorizo sausage and fried pork skin.  At the back, behind a glass wall, a fancy tortilla-making machine gleams.

“Of course, we cooked carnitas on the weekends,” says Adan.  “We thought it would be just a sideline, but people started lining up.”

Now the shop makes carnitas seven days a week, morning to night, also offering beef barbacoa on Saturdays and Sundays.

A happy line stretches up to twenty people deep at Sunday noontime, watching a furious ballet of employees in white aprons stacking just-made tortillas, chopping hot-from-the-cookpot pork and beef.

About seven dollars gets you a pound of meat and a pound of tortillas, enough for three or four hungry eaters. Add $2.00 for a generous to-go cup of house-made hot sauce. There’s no seating, so drive right home, dice up a bit of onion and cilantro if you like, and eat it while it’s hot.

Lupita Tortilleria y CarniceriaCarnitasSign
Open every day 9am – 7:30pm
5210 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28213
(704) 910 – 4872

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