Between Christmas, New Years and our trip to Texas, I took an unexpected break from MM, but I'm back today to tell you about a Tex-Mex restaurant we really enjoyed in San Antonio: Casa Rio.
I'm sure there are about a ga-jillion REAL Tex-Mex places to eat that are off the beaten track, and as far as all you Texans are concerned, my writing about Casa Rio probably equates to someone coming to Boston, eating at Cheers and writing a blog post about how amazing the food was. However, if you're staying in downtown San Antonio it's highly likely you're in the lovely Riverwalk area, since there are an estimated 70 hotels around there.
Oooh! The children are so tortured when the parents make them actually walk around and see the sights of the city they're visiting. They wanted to go to Ripley's Believe It Or Not and instead their mean parents took them to educational places like the Alamo.
Dare I say they had fun despite themselves while we worked up a ginormous appetite? Funny how that happens, isn't it?
Side note: did I mention that slipped and fell flat on my face, and my camera lense, on the first day of our San Antonio trip? Please excuse these terrible photos; all I had was my 300mm sports lense and my phone and neither of them do this food any justice. I'll keep the photos small out of respect for your delicate sensibilities…..just use your imagination.
First up, light, airy, un-salty chips and fresh salsa that was so good I could have drank it.
After a little refresher course about the differences between flautas, enchiladas and soft tacos, Mark and I both ordered the Green Chicken Enchiladas. While, yes, refried beans do LOOK nasty, they taste so good, but I couldn't get my kids to go near them. Hannah wouldn't even eat the side of her soft taco that was touching them, and she's my more adventurous eater.
I ate the refried beans to make myself feel better about the enchiladas smothered in cheese (which is a farce because the beans are cooked in bacon fat…..let's pretend that was a healthy part of this meal), but the real star of the show was the green (tomatillo) sauce. Oh so good!
The kids had soft chicken tacos and cheese nachos. Mark had what he called "the best margarita I've ever had". Everyone was happy!
The most memorable part for the kids was touristy but great fun: the mariachi band that came to the table.
Little does the band know know that their song is one of the things my kiddos will probably always remember about our visit to San Antonio. They were so good!
If you're visiting this fair city anytime soon, I recommend Casa Rio for family friendliness and really good, authentic Mexican food.
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