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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?
sure
Home made macaroni salad?
why not?
hot sauce?
you bet!

I stepped over to the register, saw a stack of tamales and couldn't resist:

are those homemade?
si!
chicken?
si
Ok, I'll take one please. How much do I owe you?
$6.50

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?

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  1. Is that the deli in the same strip mall as Pizza Corner? Thanks for the info, sounds like a must to try soon!

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    1. re: Marge

      Sound delish - thanks for peeking into this, and we'll give them a try too. I adore tamales.

    2. Do you know the address? Did a search on Google and nothing came up. Would love to give it a try,sounds delicious.

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      1. re: kjon117

        Haven't checked it out yet, but if it's in the (tiny) strip mall I'm thinking of, the address of Pizza Corner (appropriately on the corner of the strip) is 238 North Highland Ave, Ossining.

        1. re: Marge

          yes, I wanted to post the address but I couldn't google it either. it's in the same strip mail as pizza corner.

          1. re: vinouspleasure

            Thank you. Might go and check out this weekend.

      2. was back here the other day for some roast pork. Nice big chunks of roast pork, crisp skin and a little unctions fat attached to the skin on a heap of rice. Make sure you get the homemade hot sauce, it was surprisingly aggressive and good enough to eat on it's own over rice.

        1. Speaking of Ecuadorian in Ossining, has anyone tried Tierras Tropicales on Croton Avenue? They're on restaurant.com so you can get a $10 voucher ($15 required spend) for $4 or less. Here's the link, they have a menu posted (and a photo, it looks like a hole in the wall).

          http://www.restaurant.com/tierras-tro...

          1. Is this place closed/moved?

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            1. re: Nancy C

              no, they recently closed for renovations, I think they're under new mgmt but food/prices/people are the same.

              my daughter discovered the ripe avocado halves they sell for $1, we buy one to share and it's delicious with the rice, beans, hot sauce and meat. So the standard order is:

              one of us gets chicken in sauce (not fried), one of us gets pork, both over yellow rice and beans with plantains, half an avocado and the hot sauce. cost is around $6.50/plate.