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What I Ate: August 26, 2009 (Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant)

Posted 26 August, 2009 at 11:07pm by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

Lunch: I ate a Reuben Sandwich at Whole Foods Market.
Whole Foods - Reuben Sandwich

Dinner: I headed over to the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX‎ - (512) 476-8300‎) for a margarita and food tasting event. They had freshly made guacamole, appetizers, and a few different tacos (I only tried the beef tenderloin one).
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Platters

The house guacamole was pretty decently seasoned - but once they mixed in extras like cilantro and fresh chopped tomatoes there wasn't enough saltiness.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Guacamole

The appetizers tended to be too salty. We provided this feedback to their executive chef, Ron Hurley, who suspects the chile spice paste he made was over salted which should be easy to correct. For example, the tortilla wrapped beef tenderloin was pretty good (aside from being too salty). The beef was tender and flavorful, but I wish the tortilla was a little thinner and maybe made of masa instead of wheat flour.
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Appetizers

Dinner 2: After working a little more after getting home, I realized I was hungry again (guess I didn't eat all that much). So I boiled some Nong Shim Shin Ramyun instant noodles, poached an egg in the broth (after removing the noodles so they don't get soggy), and sliced some spicy sausage and tossed them over the noodle soup.
Nong Shim Shin Ramyun with sausage and poached egg

2 comments to What I Ate: August 26, 2009 (Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant)

Debra, August 30th, 2009 at 9:07 am:

  • boycott Whole Foods

Michael Chu, August 30th, 2009 at 7:03 pm:

  • Why? Because of John Mackey's comments concerning his opinion on how health care reform should be implemented or another reason?