After hearing many rave reviews from friends and coworkers about El Rio Verde, my husband and I decided to make our way north of Admiral in search of a satisfying south-of-the-border meal. To be honest we had a bit of a tough time finding the restaurant at first. Eventually we found it nestled in the midst of a modest neighborhood of old houses and what looks to be a string of run down warehouses on the horizon. This could be interesting!
After locating El Rio Verde we stepped in the restaurant having no idea what to expect. We were promptly and pleasantly greeted and noticed the restaurant had an eclectic mix of diners: young, old and everything in between. I liked this dynamic. As we looked over the menu I knew I had to order the Wet Burrito ($6) as it clearly stated on the menu “This is our claim to fame!” My response was “bring it on, baby!” I typically do not like burritos with beans and rice in them, but felt I needed to go with the flow. I’m one of those pesky American-Tex-Mex sort of gals who like those on the side, or not at all; however, I thought “when in Rome” and went with it. I ordered my big ol’ burrito stuffed with carnitas (fried tender pork) and loved every bite of that sucker (well, technically I finished about a 1/3 of it). My God the pork was tender, and the flour tortilla was nice and soft as it was drenched in the hot salsa and melted cheese. I say hot on two levels: an unobtrusive spicy hot, and sizzling straight out of the oven hot.
Eric went for a more straightforward meal of the Carne Asada Quesadilla ($5.50). It was basically three ingredients: grilled beef steak and pepper Jack cheese wrapped in a flour tortilla. Eric enjoyed the simplicity of it and thought it was very meaty. I took a bite and thought it was a good quesadilla, but also a run of the mill quesadilla.
Overall, I would go back for another one of those burritos. The chips and salsa on the other hand… left a lot to be desired. We were pretty disappointed with the fact they seemed stale and cold, and Eric found the salsa to be too watery for his liking. Regardless, the prices are quite cheap and most importantly we left satisfied. We spent just around $20 for an order of guacamole, two meals, two drinks, and a fine tip for the good service.
El Rio Verde is located @ 38 N Trenton Ave. Tulsa, OK.