This time, it was a last minute invitation to join with some people from a Meetup group. I never heard of the Rio Grande Tex Mex, but hey, have GPS, will travel. So off we went.
I expected another chain Tex-Mex, with boring ingredients and so-so salsa. Boy, was I wrong!
First of all there was the salsa. This one had a real kick! And the chips were fresh and crisp. It was all I could do to not eat more of them. But I had ordered the vegetarian nachos, so I wanted to save my chip allowance for my meal. Thank goodness I did!
What arrived was a HUGE plate of giant chips, decked out with tons of vegetables, cheese, black beans and more of that amazing salsa…and a pile of jalapeno that warmed my capsaicin loving heart. Oh, and an even bigger pile of guacamole and another of sour cream. All absolutely terrible for my waistline, but my taste buds won out, and I feasted!
My partner-in-crime, Sir Lancelot, ordered the Morlianas, which was a chicken enchiladas dish served with freshly sautéed mushrooms, zucchini, and bell peppers and queso fresco. Let me just say that there was not a speck left on his plate when the waitress returned to clear the table!
After we ate, I did some research on the Rio Grande Tex-Mex. It’s a local place with two locations (one in Hutto and the one we went to in Pflugerville), owned by native Texans Mario Maldonado and his wife Raquel Cisneros. It seems the two have a reputation for excellence in local restaurants – no wonder this didn’t taste like chain restaurant food!
I can’t wait to go back…just read a review that they have an awesome breakfast, too. I’ll have to check that out next. Just let me run a 5K or two first…I don’t want to regret a single bite!
There’s a patio which would be great for a date night, and a good kids’ menu, too.