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Rito's epitomizes the hole-in-the-wall restaurant. There's little signage to let you know it's there, the menu is fairly limited, and there isn't even any space to eat indoors during the brutal Phoenix summer. Still, if you show up during lunchtime, you'll likely have to wait in a line that snakes out the door, alongside businessmen and locals waiting for the delicious food Rito's has to offer.
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Savory, salty, spicy, burrito-y -- Mmmm we love our green chili burritos. Mix it up with creamy refried beans and we're in burrito la-la-land. Two of the Valley's best burritos come out of tiny hole... More »
I left the Valley almost 20 years ago and my mouth still waters at the mention of Rito's. I used to live in the neighborhood and it was a weekly pilgrimage for me to get my fix of their superb green chili, which I've not been able to replicate anywhere. My most recent visit was a weekday afternoon in November, 2012, when I got my burro and sat down on a table at the outside patio and experienced sheer bliss.
I've made chile verde for 40 years & always on the lookout for a restaurant that makes it a menu priority. Named best green chile in the valley by New Times naturally I was looking forward to tasting Rito's version of this classic dish. Inside this tiny take-out only place there were two people ahead of me at noon, so much for the wait. I asked this guy in front of me what to order & he too recommended the green chile & had come from Gilbert, almost 25 miles away, specifically for the green chile burro. Orders in: green chile burro enchilada style, rice & beans, coke x 2 for $27.98! We went to the patio out back & started our meal. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the best: Beans: 4 Rice: 4 Green Chile Burro Enchilada Style: 1 for the enchilada sauce only! The enchilada sauce was good, the tortilla was thick & sticky, the cheese was globbed overtop and the green chile was unbelievably horrid. The pork was an inferior cut & stingy with only about 10 small pieces in a 10" tortilla. Oh they don't give out knives, only forks/sporks & trying to cut such a sticky mess was disgustine. I went home & made a pot of green chile & it's delish! Now I want to call that guy from Gilbert & see if he wants a real burro de chile verde!!
Talk about a testament to a restaurant's success: Earlier this year, Rito's streamlined its already compact menu — farewell, tacos and tostadas — and it hardly seems to have put a dent in business. Nope, most days there's still a line here at lunchtime, even though this no-frills eatery keeps a really low profile (so low that there's not even a sign on the front door). Of course, it's worth the wait for excellent burros and chimichangas, served up plain or enchilada-style. Go for the red chili burro, with tender shreds of beef smothered in smooth, lip-smackingly spicy sauce; the green chili burro (Rito's claim to fame), filled with moist chunks of pork; or the great beans and rice. It's all homey, flavorful, and easy on the wallet. And be sure to stake out a spot at one of the picnic tables outside, where you can join other happy customers chowing down on one of the best lunch deals in town. After one whiff of the good stuff cooking back in the kitchen, we promise you'll be too hungry to take your takeout back home.
To those in the know (and that's more and more all the time), this award probably comes as little surprise, because this is one of downtown's true gems. There's no signage to speak of, there's no place to sit inside, the menu is tiny, it's open for only a couple of hours a day, and it takes only cash. Sounds like a real pain in the ass, huh? Well, maybe, but the line out the door at lunchtime indicates that it's worth it. Serving only red or green chili burritos (and their deep-fried... More »
This teeny neighborhood joint has been around for more than 30 years, which may come as a surprise to the uninitiated. How can owner Rosemary Salinas get a line of people out the door when her restaurant has no seating (except for a few picnic tables outside), no sign, and a limited menu? The answer's simple if you've ever eaten her food: These burros just rock. It doesn't matter whether you're obsessed with the spicy red chile burro, plump with moist shredded beef, or the amazing green... More »
There's something about Rito's that feels like an insiders' club -- maybe it's the lunchtime line snaking out the door or the complete lack of signage on the building, which is off the beaten path in a central Phoenix neighborhood. And, indeed, there is a very special secret about this place, although it's one we share with everyone who loves good Mexican food. It's the unforgettable green chili burro, packed with tender chunks of pork. Wrapped in a fresh tortilla, it's comfort food at... More »
Talk about a testament to a restaurant's success: Earlier this year, Rito's streamlined its already compact menu -- farewell, tacos and tostadas -- and it hardly seems to have put a dent in business. Nope, most days there's still a line here at lunchtime, even though this no-frills eatery keeps a really low profile (so low that there's not even a sign on the front door). Of course, it's worth the wait for excellent burros and chimichangas, served up plain or enchilada-style. Go for... More »
For more than 25 years, Rito's owners have been telling folks to get out of their house. It hasn't worked. Even with no sign, limited operating hours, and an inconsistent list of daily menu offerings, people continue to flood the tiny converted dwelling for topnotch burritos, tacos, chimis and tostadas. The Salinas family doesn't even go out of its way to make us feel too welcome. We shout out our orders at the counter, after waiting in line for way too long; they shout back at us when it's... More »
The first time we went to Rito's, we spent more on gasoline than on our lunch. That's because we drove by a few times before realizing that, yes, this cozy stucco house in a residential neighborhood was what we were seeking. There's no sign outside; the only giveaway is the side yard of primary-color picnic tables packed with people putting away topnotch, rock-bottom-priced red chile burritos, velvety refried beans, Sonoran-style tacos, chimis and whatever the feisty if somewhat unfriendly... More »
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