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Posted November 14, 2012 in Community Featured, Downtown

Duck chorizo empanadas with a side of chipotle corn chowder at Dos Rios.

I’ve eaten at many Mexican restaurants in the metro area, and I have enjoyed them all.

One might have a tastier salsa, and another might be the place to go for tacos. But after a visit to Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge, I think everything on the menu must be different and exciting.

My dining companion had visited Dos Rios before and told me wonderful things about his meal, so I decided it was time to investigate for myself. We stopped in for a late lunch recently.

This is not your standard tacos, burritos and enchiladas place. Yes, they are on the menu, but with ingredients like seared mahi-mahi, spit-roasted pork, wild gulp shrimp, asadero cheese and cumin-lime crema Latina, I wanted to try everything.

We started off our meal with a half-order of guacamole and chips ($5). The guacamole is mashed tableside, so you know it’s fresh. A young woman wheeled a cart of ingredients up to our table and asked how spicy we wanted it (three on scale of one to 10) and if we wanted smooth, chunky or in between. (We chose the middle ground.) Freshly-squeezed lime, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro spiked the normally bland dip, which was served with outstanding spiced, flaky tortilla chips.

I ordered a taco with spit-roasted pork for my lunch ($3.50), and my companion chose duck chorizo empanadas ($8.75) with a side of chipotle corn chowder.

The chowder was filled with corn, potatoes and carrots and had a touch of heat and smokiness from the chipotle chilies. The empanadas were incredible. Earthy roasted mushrooms, melted asadero cheese, poblano peppers and duck chorizo were wrapped in a tender pastry.

Even my humble taco was outstanding. The hard corn tortilla was crisp and flaky, and the pork was juicy and tender. It was flavored with cilantro and a cumin-lime cream. A spoonful of relish on the plate was amazing. I’m going back, and I’m going in hungry.

Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge
316 Court Ave.
Cantina Hours:
Tues. – Thurs.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Bar: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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