Friday, June 22, 2012

1 South: Carmel, Rio Grill

Rio Grill  101 Crossroads Blvd./Hwy.1, in Crossroads shopping center, (831) 625-5436.  L-D daily; $$.  Reservations taken.  This bright, airy restaurant is popular with locals who like to hang out in its inviting bar area.  It is a reliable workhorse for anything from a snack to a full meal, including American classics (barbecued ribs, a burger) as well as Southwestern/Mexican-style dishes (scrumptious tri-tip empanadas, a poblano pepper stuffed with a creative veggie mix).  The house-smoked chicken with luscious chili butter is a favorite, and you absolutely must experience the delicious signature roasted artichoke appetizer.  Indeed, the menu begs for repeat visits.  Creative, made-from-scratch margaritas include the basic as well as the special—a blood orange version with chili syrup. 

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image c2012 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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