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Anita's Mexican Grill, downtown Oakland

Pope Pius Avocado III | Oct 3, 200304:25 PM

Just had takeout from Anita’s Mexican Grill, the new place on Clay St. a few doors down from Le Cheval. I first noticed it had opened about a week ago. The room, a long narrow space with an open kitchen on one side and tables on the other, was packed and noisy at 12:30pm. I was disappointed with the food. I ordered an enchilada half-order ($5.25), being a cautious man when it comes to Mexican joints outside of certain neighborhoods. I specified that I wanted the enchilada verde from the “house specialties” portion of the menu, which included chicken, but apparently the half-order enchilada is cheese-only. Wish I would’ve been told that, but hey it’s a new place. Said cheese was very bland jack, and was extremely overabundant both inside and atop the enchilada. It completely overwhelmed what little salsa verde there was, and even rendered the tortilla almost undetectable. The beans lacked lard, a huge negative in my estimation, and were encrusted with yet more cheese. The rice was of the overly red “Spanish” ilk, and had an almost dusty-tasting quality. Given the name of the place, perhaps the grilled items [fajitas, carne asada, chicken, “Don Jorge shish-kebab (?)," and some others] are better, but based on the enchilada, beans n’ rice I have to conclude that were squarely in the Chevy’s realm here.

Now the only question is whether to go to Otaez or El Huarache Azteca tonight for atonement.

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