I've always been intrigued by elita's. It bills itself as an ecuadorian deli and sits in a little strip mall on the east side of route 9 between croton and ossining. Walking in for the first time I realized It's bigger than it looks from the outside with 4-5 tables all full of blue collar workers on lunch break eating big bowls of stew and hearty looking sandwiches. They have a steam table behind the counter with 5-6 great looking dishes including a chicken stew, liver and tripe. I decided to play it safe and ordered chicken:
Rice and lentils?
Home made macaroni salad?
I stepped over to the register, saw a stack of tamales and couldn't resist:
are those homemade?
Ok, I'll take one please. How much do I owe you?
A quick ride home, shared the food with my wife and what we could finish was delicious. The tamale was moist and dense, the chicken, rice and lentils perfect comfort food on a brisk fall day. And if you go, don't miss the macaroni salad, they use ziti blended with peas and fresh spice.
Can't wait to head back to try some of the other dishes...and was that a fried tamale at one of the tables?