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Lito's Kitchen

Prepared quickly, from scratch with passion. Lito’s Kitchen isn’t your
average sandwich joint. Located in Garland, Texas, this New American
eatery puts their own unique spin on known favorites like the Cuban,
patty melt, and a Reuben that can rival with the best of them.

For owner Angel Villatoro and his wife Flor, the biggest push in starting Lito’s was time and family. After working as a chef in
the corporate world for many years, Villatoro wanted to be able to do
what he loved and still have the ability to spend time with their
daughter, Alexandra. “I wasn’t able to do that before, there were no
flexible weekends,” he explains.

It’s cozy here. Almost like being
at your mother’s table. The open kitchen lends itself to a quaint
familiarity and comfort. It’s the kind of place where regulars are
remembered and everyone is appreciated.

Here, it’s about the
personal touches, something that Angel strives for and achieves
particularly in the sauces and marinades used in his food. Like the
portabella mushroom sandwich made with suzhinni, provolone cheese and
romesco spread all placed on thin pita bread. Or the taste bud tempting
Mediterranean chicken which is marinated in a unique sauce, topped with
hummus, cucumber, jalapeño and fresh greens inside extra soft naan
bread. Daily specials and customized orders are options too. “If I have
it, I can make it,” Angel says.

The eatery also maintains a focus
on keeping things healthy with items like their delicious pineapple-kale
smoothie, quinoa and cauliflower, breakfast parfait, and the
kale-romaine Caesar salad, served with their house made Caesar dressing.

Ultimately, the goal for Lito’s is producing it better. “My wife
and I often sit down, and eat one of our menu items, asking ourselves
how can we change it or improve it, that’s something I really focus on.”

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