Monday, October 29, 2007

Anita's New Mexico Style Mexican Food

Located a few blocks south of Downton Fullerton sits Anita’s New Mexico Style Mexican Food. Situated in a converted house, it has both a walk up counter and a sit down area complete with waiter service.

I have never been to New Mexico so I cannot vouch for the authenticity of it being cuisine that can be found in New Mexico. Most of the dishes are what you find at most Mexican restaurants with the addition of some that are probably native to New Mexico.

Starting with the standard chips and salsa is a nice way to begin any meal. The tortilla chips are nice and light, while the salsa has a little bit of a kick to it.

The Carne Adovada are large chunks of slow braised pork topped with a red chile sauce, a very light sprinkling of cheese and green onions. They are accompanied by rice and beans. The pork is fork tender, moist and juicy while the red chile sauce adds a nice amount of heat. The beans and rice are your standard fare, although the rice was particularly salty.

The Stuffy Dinner comes with slow cooked pork stuffed into a large sopapilla, topped with green chiles, cheese and green onions. The sopapilla is a form of Indian fry bread. These are pillowy soft and, on their own, taste like a donut aching for some sugar. Although the pork is very tender, it was a little dry. The Stuffy Dinner come with two sopapillas on the side. The sopapilla are served with honey, if you choose to top them with it turning it into a simple dessert.

For a little change of pace compared to your standard Mexican restaurant, Anita’s is not a bad option, but certainly not worth a special trip.

Anita’s New Mexico Style Mexican Food
600 S. Harbor Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 525-0977

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Comments on "Anita's New Mexico Style Mexican Food"

Blogger Chubbypanda said ... (October 29, 2007 at 11:14 PM) : 

Man, any dish that includes braised pork starts out with a few points already in its favor. Nice shootin', Tex!

Blogger Vegasbuff said ... (October 31, 2007 at 8:57 PM) : 

CP,

Yeah, the carne adovada was pretty good. The stuffy dinner was also pretty good. The one thing I noticed about Anita's is that everything tended to be on the salty side.

Anonymous khoops said ... (November 17, 2007 at 8:34 PM) : 

the second one is yummmm..

Blogger Vegasbuff said ... (November 18, 2007 at 8:08 PM) : 

khoops,

Maybe I went on a bad where the cook had a heavy hand with the salt. I would definitely give Anita's another try. The sopapillas are almost worth the trip alone.

Anonymous Becky said ... (March 23, 2008 at 5:41 PM) : 

We lived in New Mexico for 5 years and moved away with a green chile addiction that's still in force 20 years later. Anita's is a family favorite. Our kids can't get enough of the sopapillas, and we enjoy those bring-back-memories flavors. We wish that Anita's wouldn't shy away from the truly spicy. We've asked the owners about that a few times, and the answer always comes back that their clientele prefer it not-hot... which makes us a little sad. (Thai restaurants get away with the scorching heat and are packed. Go figure.) So our kids order various things from the menu and seem to enjoy them, but we always (and only) order the bowl of posole. That's the only dish that's got enough umph for us. But it is delicious. Recently we've tried it with avocado in it (good!) and cabbage and onions (for a little more fill-me-up). And the bowl comes with a sopapilla. Perfect for date-lunches on work days. We're happy to have a local source of those NM flavors.

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