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Panini Guy Jul 10, 2009 09:07 PM

Went in with a couple of friend on Fri night. Sat at the bar for about 7 minutes before being seated. Amazed there wasn't an hour wait and a line around the corner Wouldn't be surprised if the wait was that long by next week as the press is coming out on what Sousa's done there.

I had two tacos: bbq eel in chipotle and tongue with beef marrow. Both $5. Had them in flour tortilla (corn is an option, but I felt the flour would let the ingredients stand out more). Had an Arrogant Bastard to imbibe with (amazingly only $4.75 for a pint). One companion also had the tongue/marrow as well as a salmon/avocado/huitlacoche combination, other had braised pork with apple. Most expensive dish is the soft shell crab taco at $7.

All were incredible and surprisingly filling. Dining on Sousa-food and filling up for $10 is almost incomprehensible. Left there thinking that a $0.99 chain taco is way overpriced.

The menu is online, although the specials (e.g. tongue/marrow) aren't online yet. There are 14 different tacos on the menu and I expect to eat them all before end of summer. Also some apps, but it's the tacos that are the star here.

Wouldn't wait too long to try Yo Rita out as it's going to get very very busy shortly.

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    Burghfeeder RE: Panini Guy Jul 12, 2009 06:23 AM

    Wait a minute...Are you saying that Sousa is at Yo Rita's???? The place on the South Side??? If so, I'll be there in an hour!

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      Panini Guy RE: Burghfeeder Jul 12, 2009 04:44 PM

      He has a consulting business and was hired by YoRita to come in and make changes. Don't know how much time he spends there personally (he was in kitchen on Fri) and when this gig is over, but according to the owner most of the menu changes will remain once Kevin goes back to SotE.

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      six dower RE: Panini Guy Jul 12, 2009 01:41 PM

      Thanks Panini Guy...I always love your reviews. I can not wait to try Yo's this Friday. I will report back!

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        debkurt RE: Panini Guy Jul 20, 2009 01:03 PM

        I couldn't wait to go to Yo Rita after reading Panini Guy's post. We went Friday night and it is so worth visiting. Not only is it a nice room, but the food was outstanding and the prices were so incredibly low. We saw KS there.

        We all had the jicama slaw and three tacos. I had the duck and sweet potato, shrimp, and avacado tacos. Everyone loved the slaw and the tacos. We would all go back in a minute. I would like to thank Panini Guy for posting on this; I wouldn't have known about it. Thanks!

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          serrac RE: Panini Guy Jul 26, 2009 10:29 AM

          Went there last night. I second all the previous comments. Although the place is a pain to find, the tacos were great and reasonably priced. I really enjoyed the potato and the steak, but was a little disappointed by the duck. Still all worth trying, and the salsa and chips they bring out at the beginning was awesome!

          If you don't want to be bothered by the bar scene, I recommend going early, like 4 or 5. It was empty, and we got a great low key dinner.

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            six dower RE: Panini Guy Jul 26, 2009 11:04 AM

            I went to Yorita's last night. One word - INCREDIBLE. A party of 6, we ordered a big part of the menu. I loved the JICAMA CHOP SALAD, DUCK taco, AHI TUNA taco, Ceviche, BLACK EYED PEA taco, Watercress soup, and the Pineapple margarita - the best margarita I have ever tasted!!! Within our group - 2 foodies from NYC and 2 foodies from DC. Everyone left happy and anxiously awaitng our return, next week.
            RUN to Rita's - I promise you will not regret it......

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              kittybart RE: Panini Guy Jul 27, 2009 09:31 AM

              I too LOVED Yo Rita - The black eyed pea was my favorite but the dish that blew me away was the ceviche. And of course the watermelon margarita was smooth, sweet and pretty pink!

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                jggabel RE: Panini Guy Jul 28, 2009 11:36 AM

                I am so thankful that KS took this place under his wing and made it an interesting place to eat in the SS. We were there on a night blessed with the Menudo (tripe) tacos. We also tried the tongue and marrow taco, duck and ahi tuna tacos. I have to say that the Menudo was by far the best taco of the night although all were great. The drinks are well made too. This is a can't miss.

                1. yayadave RE: Panini Guy Jul 29, 2009 07:36 PM

                  Yo Rita!! Oh my!! I got in there tonight. I passed on the mussel ceviche and dug right in on Chorizo, Heirloom tomato (off menu item), and pulled pork tacos. I really wanted a duck taco, also, but just couldn't stretch that far. They were also offering a raw veal taco. I guess I'll just have to tighten the cinches and go back for the ones I missed. Tough duty. Since I was too full for another taco this time, I had the soup - cold peach and chipotle. This was stupendous. Y'all been keepin' them soups a secret.

                  This is absolutely the most innovative food for the least price I have ever seen.

                  They also have just started a Sunday Brunch with a separate menu. It's from 11 to 2:30. The Eggs Benedict caught my eye. Kevin Sousa mentioned that the breakfast items may not be made from classic ingredients. I said that the Eggs Benedict had pouched eggs and ham; that's classic enough.

                  Anyway, go to Yo Rita before you start having to stand in line.

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                    chinacat1969 RE: yayadave Jul 31, 2009 03:50 PM

                    Oh - I am sooooo there on Sunday. I just looked at the menu and my mouth is watering!

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                      yayadave RE: chinacat1969 Jul 31, 2009 07:54 PM

                      Check the first two items on his blog, "Wearing Thin" and "Yo Brunch" for pictures.
                      http://www.nacl15206.com/

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                        six dower RE: yayadave Aug 1, 2009 06:20 AM

                        So awesome! I went to YoRita's again on Thursday night. 30minute wait for a table - so worth the wait. it is now becoming a weekly habit. Would love to ry brunch on Sunday.

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                        chinacat1969 RE: chinacat1969 Aug 10, 2009 11:03 AM

                        Six of us had dinner and we all thought it was really good. Between the 6 of us, we had a good variety of dishes. My friend ordered an appetizer, the jicama chop salad which was delightfully fresh and a great combo of flavors. I order the avocado taco – on the menu and the chicken liver taco – special. The chicken livers were really good with pickled veggies and crunchy bits on top. The avocado was perfectly ripened. Between the rest of us we had the black-eyed pea, shrimp, eel, soft shell crab (amazing), seitan, duck, and chorizo. They had watermelon margarita’s on special and a couple of us ordered those. The rest opted for beers.
                        We got to meet Kevin as he was in house. That was a nice surprise. He was a pleasure to talk to.
                        We thought the décor was nice but a little sparse. It was a bit cold – not so inviting. The waitress was very nice and did a good job. Overall, we enjoyed and will be back again.

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                          yayadave RE: chinacat1969 Aug 10, 2009 12:26 PM

                          We got to the brunch yesterday right around opening. We thought the place comfortable. They were playing Sunday morning kind of music, not regular evening stuff.

                          We had three "tacos" between two of us. And a great, refreshing drink that is not on the regular menu. I didn't really need two tacos, they're just so good!!

                          This much creativity is just too much for some people, I suppose. You either get it or you don't.

                          Yes, KS was in the house and the service is on the ball and friendly.

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                            grapevine RE: yayadave Aug 12, 2009 08:20 AM

                            My husband, and daughter and I went to Yo Rita last night for dinner. KS was not there, the waiter said that he was cooking at the Andy Warhol last night. We started with incredible ginger margarita's. This is the best cocktail I think I have ever had. Then we went to the jimica chopped salad, it was wonderful with cantelope, honey dew melon, the jimica and cabbage in it, not sure what was in the dressing but it was HOT. I kept coming back to it though, it was addictive. My daughter had the yellow tomato gazpacho, nice and smooth, but under seasoned, it needed more salt, pepper and vinegar. My husband had the chicken liver taco and my daugher and I had the black eye pea one which we all really enjoyed.

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