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Number 85: Green Chili at Rito's Mexican Takeout
There's a reason why Rito's Mexican Takeout manages to be perpetually busy while being completely off-the-radar. The place isn't on a major thoroughfare, but tucked into a residential area. The menu is super limited, and the only place to sit and eat is at a few picnic tables outside. Rito's doesn't even have a sign.
Still, people from all walks of life routinely make their way here for the outstanding food.
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Rito's green chili is consistently satisfying, with huge hunks of moist, tender meat in spicy sauce that's more mouth-watering than tongue-searing. Served as a plain burro or smothered enchilada-style, it's packaged in a tender tortilla that's practically bursting when you bite into it.
As a bonus, Rito's is so cheap you'll want to eat here every day.
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