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“One Unhappy Place”
Review of Little Anita's

Little Anita's
Ranked #435 of 1,769 Restaurants in Albuquerque
Price range: US$5 - US$14
Cuisines: Mexican
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.
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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.
Charleston, South Carolina
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“One Unhappy Place”
Reviewed 22 November 2013

This is part of a Mexican fast food chain. We decided to give it a try for a quick evening meal. It took a 1/2 hour for our food to arrive. When it came, my combination plate was covered with green chili, not red as ordered. In fact, the waitress pointed this out. I offered to accept it, anyway, rather than wait another 30 minutes, if they took it off the bill. The waitress said she could not do that and summoned the manager. He offered to have it redone, but no reduction. Also, the taco on the plate was beef, not chicken as ordered. We left.

During our entire visit, everyone in the restaurant looked like they'd just been given notice that they were fired. The only person who smiled was one of the waitresses, but she was training a new waiter. Very negative vibes in this place.

  • Visited October 2013
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English first
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Great food and service”
Reviewed 3 November 2013 via mobile

Little Anita's is one of the best Mexican restaurants at which I've eaten. My only complaint would be the lack of options of sizes of Margaritas.

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Thank Shawn M
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Concord, New Hampshire
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

I have had better Taco Salads at a New England chain Mexican restaurant. Mostly lettuce and cold meat.

Visited October 2013
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Ulladulla, Australia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great food, excellent service!”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

We liked the friendly staff, nice food and colourful atmosphere. We had been looking for a good, Mexican meal on our trip to America and we finally found it at Little Anitas on the second last day of our trip.

Visited September 2013
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Thank rocky_al
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Truckee, CA
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372 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“average food with excellent serv”
Reviewed 6 September 2013 via mobile

We were waiting for my brother and the location was near by saw they were having
happy hour and wanted a little something to eat so in we went.. We had excellent service, and not a very exciting happy hour .50 cents off domestic beers, $4.50 margaritas and a couple bucks off the food item of the night ($10.50... but only till 6 pm)...I was hoping for $2.00 tacos or something light. I had a margarita, boring...tasted more like a sugar drink. A chili relleno ala cart and a couple sopapillas.
The sopapillas were definitely the high light... but they are usually good any place that makes them here in New Mexico (unless the grease is bad). Over all just average.

  • Visited September 2013
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