Carnitas Uruapan is a Mexican restaurant in Santa Ana. They take puerco seriously at this SanTana factory, and not just because of the pig frescoes in the front of the restaurant, the large picture of the restaurant’s founder as a kid carrying a pig carcass on his back, or the epic mural inside, perhaps Orange County’s most detailed piece of folk art, featuring hundreds of anthropomorphic pigs living life in the rancho, from cops to lawyers to drunks to even pigs—a happier Animal Farm. In a city full of michoacanos, Carnitas Uruapan must always be on top of their game, so the place is more butchery than restaurant.
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You say you like pork—you live for bacon, you shudder over belly, you have a tattoo of a Berkshire on your ass? You're a pretender. You probably haven't been to Carnitas Uruapan, the Valhalla of pig production in Orange County...