at a New Mexican restaurant?
don't let the food snobs bring you down. Try it with an open mind.
I get the impression that some people dismiss Little Anita's as a legitimate option for New Mexican food, and while I won't deny that the usual heavy hitters (Mary & Tito's, El Patio, Perea's, Duran's, etc.) are fantastic, they all have their signature quirks, leaving Little Anita's in some ways as the quintessential Platonic Ideal of New Mexican food. It's Northern New Mexican cuisine done by the book and done very well. Their red is great, their green is great, their carne adovada is great, their sopaipillas are great… even their rice is great. There's just absolutely nothing dissatisfying about the experience. Don't let the food snobs bring you down; Little Anita's is fantastic, and remains one of your better options to satisfy a New Mexican craving.
Set in a cozy yet massive New Mexican fortress (a former Garduño's, perfect for sword fights) I've never had to wait long for a table. The service is very fast and the margaritas are flowing. The food is straight ahead Northern New Mexican cuisine, where both the red and green chile are tasty and the sopaipillas are excellent. There are a few weird things on the menu (e.g. red chile lasagna sounds actually kind of good), but why bother? Great beans, great papitas. I have no complaints except that it's not closer to my house.
Biscuits and gravy, hash browns, bacon, two eggs and coffee ready before I could even check my email (they have both wifi and Tabasco). I should eat at Milton's every morning.
Lots of people tell me how much they love Vivace so I finally gave it a try. It was ok, but the portions were incredibly small for the price. I had the four cheese ravioli in vodka sauce. They gave me maybe eight ravioli with barely enough sauce to partially cover them. The vodka sauce was interesting and tart but didn't floor me and the pasta was a little too firm for my tastes. I realize that sparseness and understatement can result in an elegant presentation, but I was still hungry. The ceasar salad was small and had only a hint of dressing. I guess I just like more sauce. And not to keep complaining but the accordionist was so loud it was difficult to carry a conversation, plus they seated another couple right next to us while the room was practically empty. It wasn't an awful experience, but it was pricey enough that I would think twice before going back.
I remembered to get bacon on my pizza last weekend and it was fantastic. I'll never forget again.
It was supposedly invented in the Woolworth's on the plaza in Santa Fe. I don't know if that's actually true, but that's what lots of people say.
He also should be killed.
Those buns are trouble.