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Anita's

701 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170
703-481-1441
www.anitasrestaurants.com

CUISINE Southwestern, Mexican

PRICE Under $12

HOURS Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

DELIVERY Yes

TAKEOUT Yes

NVM AWARDS Best Bargain Restaurant 2007
Best Bargain Restaurant 2008

NEARBY METRO None

SPECIAL FEATURES

Breakfast Weekend
Breakfast Weekday
Lunch
Dinner
Outdoor Dining
Takeout
Delivery
Accepts Credit Cards



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NVM Review

Best of the US II: Santa Fe Chile Relleno - Honorable Mention

(March 2010)

By Warren Rojas

Long, slender pepper virtually dissolves into a melange of molten cheese, zesty green chile sauce, soupy beans and savory Spanish rice.

(May 2008)

By Warren Rojas

Blindside your hunger with the Mr. T platter ($9.95), a workmanlike serving of red chile-soaked pork strips (signature marinade is fantastic) served with home fries, refried beans and warm tortillas. For a lighter touch, try a machaca burrito ($7.59), plump with chicken, eggs, cheese and the milder green chile sauce (full flavor, less fire).

(June/July 2007)

By Warren Rojas

For a New Mexican-style pick-me-up, rustle up a plate of carne adovada ($9.95)-red chile-soaked pork medallions flanked by gooey refried beans covered in melted cheese, Spanish rice and four flour tortillas.

(May 2006)

By Warren Rojas

A 30-year veteran of the Northern Virginia scene, the various Anita's New Mexico-style cafés have garnered a cult following out of burritos. Lots and lots of burritos.

Owner and co-founder Tom Tellez claims they sell between 7,000 and 8,000 of their 99 cent burritos-a handheld serving of scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, melted cheese and red chile sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla-a day. Anita's "famous" breakfast burrito platter brings a warm tortilla filled with scrambled eggs and ground chorizo (spicy sausage), flanked by home fries and some delicious refried beans, all covered in a red chile sauce that gives the already overwhelming plate a nice kick in the pants.

Most dishes are under $11, including over a dozen specialty burritos (vegetable, spicy pork, double cheeseburger) which can be ordered as a "basket" (just the burrito), a "platter" (covered in red or green chile sauce and smothered with melted cheese) or an "entrée" (covered in your choice of chile sauce and served with rice and refried beans).

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