Rio Ranch Cafe
This no-frills neighborhood eatery used to serve mostly Tex-Mex but recently rebranded its menu offerings as “Hill Country cuisine,” expanding them to include seafood, cowboy-worthy barbecue, giant burgers (the Ranch Hand is a full pound of Angus beef), and all-day breakfast. Fortunately there’s still room for the classic cheese-enchilada combo plate, along with nachos and tacos. The beans, by which we judge all Tex-Mex joints, have the perfect amount of smoky pork notes. Order this to go: If you need to feed some friends, the parillada (which costs less than a large three-topping pizza) features a mound of grilled beef, chicken, shrimp, peppers, and onions, all of it smothered in melted cheddar jack cheese and accompanied by rice, beans, guacamole salad, and tortillas. Don’t forget a slice of the decadent Johnny Cake, with three kinds of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Pro tip: Portions are large and prices are small, so be adventurous.
Note: Review reflects COVID-19 protocols in place at the time of visit.
Drinks: No bar