In order to have an appreciation for the “TexMex” cuisine that Casa Rio serves, one must first have a clear understanding of the difference between “Mexican” food and “TexMex.” The latter is simply Americanized Mexican cuisine that was popularized in Texas during early settler days, and took advantage of local ingredients not commonly available in kitchens in Mexico. Shredded or ground beef, cheddar cheese, and flour tortillas are all American additions to Mexican meals, and what most Americans think of “real” Mexican food today – nachos, fajitas, burritos, chili con carne, and anything with sour cream, are all TexMex creations or popularized.
Casa Rio, “in the heart of Anoka’s entertainment district,” (Anoka is a far northern suburb of Minneapolis at the confluence of the Rum and Mississippi Rivers) is a TexMex restaurant (menu), specializing is house-prepared dishes with fresh ingredients, all at value pricing.
Minnesota bureau chief Kawika and company stopped in for dinner the other night, and were extremely pleased with every plate. The starters, chips, salsa, (first one’s free) and guacamole, and are all made fresh, in-house daily. The warm, casual interior was also a plus. He definitely recommends!
Casa Rio Review