Recently, Fork You met another Twitter friend, @msjamie, and her husband for lunch at Rio Grande. Being that I love Mexican food, my tummy was really looking forward to the excursion.
It had been about a year since I had patronized any Rio Grande location. Why had I stopped going there? Was it because I had to arrive early or there were no tables available? No, I love to have an excuse to eat even earlier than noon. Was it because I had moved from Cross Lanes to Teays Valley a few years ago? No, there is a Teays Valley location as well as Nitro. Plus I work and eat downtown every weekday.
Well, it only took me the 30 seconds required to cut into my chimichanga to remember: my tortilla was full of onions. I mean, about 50% of the space occupied inside the rolled-up flour tortilla was due to onions. I thought I had ordered a chicken chimichanga. Onions and I are friends. I cook with them on a regular basis. In fact, last night’s home-cooked Indian food required not one, but TWO, onions. I do not pick these onions out of the finished product, either. I eat them. I also enjoy some chopped sweet (or fresh green) onion on my salad. Why else would I plant what seems like 200 onion sets all over Ron’s Pepper Patch and in my potted annuals? I do not have some strange aversion to onions like I do the dreaded mayonnaise. But come on, people – do have to use SO MANY??? You can barely taste anything but the onions when there’s as many onions as meat. There are plenty of other Mexican places that fill the entire tortilla with meat for me to have to tolerate this kind of treatment.
I took a quick survey of my dining partners. “Do you think it’s beef?”…. “Well, maybe…but there’s chicken, too”……”That definitely looks like chicken over there”….”I think you got pork in there, too – do they serve pulled pork here?”
No one knew what I had and it made me a little nervous so I inquired of our server and she said she would bring out a CHICKEN chimichanga. Which she did. Unfortunately, it had just as many onions as the Mystery Meat one did. So I started picking onions out all over again. I got to take a bite about the same time Jamie had to leave to go back to work. At least I got in plenty of conversation.Rio Grande – downtown Charleston location 160 Court St # 7
Charleston, WV 25301