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Roque's Carnitas

, Santa Fe, NM -
A food truck that parks at the corner of the Santa Fe Plaza, Roque's Carnitas serves just one wonderful thing: strips of beef that have been marinated and charcoal cooked with onions and chilies. They are loaded into a tortilla which comes tightly wrapped in foil for eating on the stroll or on a bench in the Plaza.
91% Approval Rating (12 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
carnitas
green chile and cheese tamale
lemonade
red chile pork tamale

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (5)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Roque's Carnitas is a chuck wagon that parks on the corner of San Francisco Street and the Old Santa Fe Trail on the Plaza. Roque Garcia and his partner Mona Cavalli usually pull up to this spot just before lunch time every day but Tuesday between Easter and Halloween, ..."   [Read More]
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Joel Finkle
September 04, 2005
"Roque's is still the real deal. On the southeast corner of the plaza, the smell of sizzling beef is almost overwhelming. Aside from the carnitas, we sampled chile-cheese and pork tamales $1.50), which were tasty but a little dry, and fresh lemonade ($2) which was ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

, Santa Fe, NM


Hours & Policies

Seasons:Summer, Spring
Meals Served:Lunch
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:Yes
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Roque's carnitas: one of the great street-eat treats anywhere, a great bouquet of beef and pepper and spice.
"Roque's carnitas: one of the great street-eat treats anywhere, a great bouquet of beef and pepper and spice."
Michael Stern





Roque has been serving his carnitas on the Plaza for decades. He recently moved one block from the corner of Washington and Palace, but if you are lost, just follow the perfume of his grill.
"Roque has been serving his carnitas on the Plaza for decades. He recently moved one block from the corner of Washington and Palace, but if you are lost, just follow the perfume of his grill."
Michael Stern


Roque ready to hand over one of his carnitas.
"Roque ready to hand over one of his carnitas."
Cliff Strutz


The menu is small, but everyone comes here for the carnitas.
"The menu is small, but everyone comes here for the carnitas."
Cliff Strutz


A carnitas is a beautiful thing, albeit a double-handful of a mess.
"A carnitas is a beautiful thing, albeit a double-handful of a mess."
Michael Stern


Mona Cavalli tends the beef, peppers, and onions at Roque's mobile grill.
"Mona Cavalli tends the beef, peppers, and onions at Roque's mobile grill."
Michael Stern


It's pretty hard to eat carnitas standing up unless you are sure to bend forward so juices don't run down your shirt front. Roque now provides a few of these yellow stools to make sit-down dining a possibility.
"It's pretty hard to eat carnitas standing up unless you are sure to bend forward so juices don't run down your shirt front. Roque now provides a few of these yellow stools to make sit-down dining a possibility."
Michael Stern



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