This column is usually dedicated to reviews of new or newish restaurants. Sometimes old classics need to be revisited to see if they're still serving up the goods. La Cita Restaurant, a fixture in the south Glendale area, is still going strong after 37 years with the same proprietor.
Nestled between an auto repair shop and a printing place, the quaint little casa with the cute sign might be missed as you zoom by industrial buildings on San Fernando Road. But if you do find it, say, on a trip to Home Depot, you'll think you've stepped back in time into a welcoming spot with red vinyl booths, a jukebox and some pretty darn good Mexican food. A charming patio, shaded by lime and avocado trees, sits just outside.
Right off the bat, they serve up two homemade salsas. The gutsy, blood-red one is made of tomatillos and roasted Japanese chiles. Japanese? That's what our waitress told us and she's been there 28 years, so she ought to know. The vibrant green salsa has chopped fresh jalapenos, green onions, cilantro and a bit of tomato. Really lively and surprisingly spicy.