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Chita’s Mexican Grill&emdash;

If you’ve got a hankering for a carnitas taco at 1 a.m. on a weekend, head to Chita’s Mexican Grill on Q Street. Of course, you don’t have to wait until the wee hours to visit: Chita’s is the perfect spot, at lunch or dinner, to assuage your cravings for Tex-Mex. The tiny cafe opened in the spot once occupied by Fog Mountain Candy Company, right down the street from The Sacramento Bee. It’s far from fancy, with teeny-weeny tables for two crammed in the small space, but it’s cozy and friendly, with a satisfying selection of traditional favorites. I like the salsa bar, filled with sliced jalapeños, carrots, pickled radishes and housemade salsas. Don’t miss the terrific fish tacos: The cooks saut the fish (usually tilapia or red snapper) instead of battering and deep-frying it, then pile it onto a grilled corn tortilla with tartar sauce, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo salsa and cotija cheese. Other appealing options: the housemade tamales and the vegetable burrito, stuffed with zucchini, squash, spinach and beans. A small television blares noisily from the cash register counter and Mexican music screeches in the background, but I like the casual atmosphere and inexpensive, heartfelt food. If you do wander in at 1 a.m. for that taco, visit the shockingly lime-green bathroom&emdash;it’s guaranteed to wake you up.     

2019 Q St., Sacramento; (916) 930-0951