445 E. Market Street Louisville, KY 40202
A while back during my apparent month long break from writing posts, I went to Wild Rita’s with my work crew. We go right after work (4:30-5 pm) and had no problem getting a large table for 12 on a Thursday. Around 6 pm, the restaurant starting filling up. The restaurant is colorful with fun decor and lighting. Our server was great- very attentive and provided menu suggestions according to our tastes.
We started with fun cocktails- I chose the fresh tasting Chica Fresa, which is Maestro Dobel, strawberry puree, basil, lime, and rhubarb bitters for $8. Pretty pricey, but delicious.
Chips and salsa aren’t on the house here but you can order them for $2 or pay $7 and pick any 3 salsas (verde, rojo, maiz, pico de gallo, or pinche caliente and pineapple). We had the standard salsa and a small order of guacamole for $7. Overall, I was fine paying $2 for their portion of salty chips and salsa with a little kick. I enjoyed their freshly made guac which has chunks of avocado with strong flavors of lime, garlic, and cilantro; also with tomato and onion.
For my entree, I ordered the Chile Relleno with pulled chicken and rojo and verde salsas for $14. You pick your meat and sauces with the entrees. Meat choices include ground beef, pulled chicken, carnitas, or sin carne; you can also pay extra for shrimp, carne asada, and short rib. Sauce options are the salsas listed above. Although the meal was enjoyable, it lacked cohesiveness as the chicken was under seasoned and was just placed on top of the chile rellano. Entrees also include two sides so I went with the more adventurous options for someone who can’t handle much spice. Calabacitas, roasted squash and tomatoes, were very flavorful and still spicy for me, while the poblano & hominy grits were rather bland.
If you don’t want to go with an entree, you can pick a combination of the following menu options. Tacos are a la carte for $4 each: al pastor, pescado frito, carne asada, pollo verde, costillitas, carnitas, panza, and sin carne (vegetarian). My friend enjoyed her costillitas taco (adobo spice-rubbed short rib) but thought the pescado frito (crispy Atlantic cod) had little flavor. Sides a la carte are $3-4. My friend really liked the Sopa de lima, made with chicken, lime-flavored chicken broth, avocado, pico de gallo, and tortilla strips for $5.
Wild Rita’s is open Monday-Wednesday 4-11 pm, Thursday-Saturday 4 pm-1 am, Sunday 4-10 pm. Happy hour is 4-7 pm. Check out their menu on their website.