- Ron Bechtol
Last week, Eater dubbed Carnitas Lonja one of the 18 best new restaurants in the nation. This week, Bon Appetit seems to also have fallen for the tiny restaurant off Roosevelt Ave. as well.
Andrew Knowlton, the publication's Editor-at-Large, listed the carnitas restaurant as one of the magazine's top 50 nominees for Best New Restaurant in 2018. For reference, Hot Joy was the last restaurant to make the list in San Antonio, eventually earning a spot in the top 10.
For Alex Paredes, chef/owner at Carnitas Lonja, the nods mean business is good. For San Antonians who somehow managed to miss out on this eatery for the past year, it means they may want to line up early.
"We used to run out at 5 and now we're selling out at 1, 1:30 in the afternoon," said Paredes.
Carnitas Lonja, with its tight menu and simple outdoor seating, is now seeing guests coming from all parts of Texas, including the team from Austin's Suerte, one of the other restaurant's named to Eater's lists.
"For me, carnitas are an every day food so it's great knowing we're up there with some of the best kitchens in the country," Paredes said.
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