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“Nice Food, Nothing out of the ordinary”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Little Anita's

Little Anita's
Ranked #82 of 121 Restaurants in Rio Rancho
Price range: US$5 - US$15
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout
Description: For a taste of grandma's cooking and a bit of homemade comfort, come to Little Anita's, which has been serving authentic New Mexican food for over 40 years. Named after the founder's mother, and based on family recipes handed down for generations, Little Anita's is an Albuquerque institution. Our iconic flagship restaurant, in the heart of Old Town, is beloved by locals and a must-visit for any tourist. You haven't been to Albuquerque if you haven't eaten at Little Anita's. Our menu hasn't changed much in the last four decades, and we're proud of it. In a fast-moving world, our restaurants are an oasis of tradition and sentimental cooking. When it comes to our signature dishes, we like to keep things simple. We believe in the purity of our ingredients and keep a clean flavor profile. You won't find your food overloaded with seasoning and your taste buds won't be overwhelmed with spiciness. Our chile tastes like chile. You know a Mexican restaurant by its chips and salsa. Have a seat, take a few bites and find out why so many regulars say, "you had me at chips and salsa." Yes, it's that good.
Bernalillo, New Mexico
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“Nice Food, Nothing out of the ordinary”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Little Anita's does a good job providing solid, properly prepared, tasty New Mexican food. The menu covers all the staple items, burritos, tamales, enchiladas, etc., but there's nothing here that isn't replicated at dozens of other places around ABQ. We like because it's close to our home, easy to get to, and has good food and service. We recommend it for lunch or breakfast.

Visited May 2014
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“What a disappointment!”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2013

We have eaten at the original Little Anita's in old towne ABQ (and it was very good) and decided to try the Little Anita's Express near where we live in Rio Rancho. Upon entering we noticed the nice open and modern feel to the restaurant, with high ceilings and nice atmosphere. That was as good as it would be, for the food was a real disappointment. We learned this is not connected to the real Little Anita's but instead is a franchise. You would think a restaurant with this name, located in a southwestern hub city would know how to prepare and present Mexican food. Wrong assumption! The salsa is fine but the chips were stale and lacked any taste or freshness; worse than what you'd get in a gas station grocery store. Our meals were very bland and lacked any real character, just like it was frozen food. And finally, for the poor quality of what you get you pay pretty much top dollar for what normally is a higher quality Mexican meal. I can't tell you how disappointed we were when we left. We won't be back.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Edmundo_de_ABQ
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