Saturday, July 28, 2012

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill is Better than Chipotle.

It's true!!! We like Chipotle, but Cafe Rio is waaay better. Kiko and I tried Cafe Rio Mexican Grill for the first time last week and we absolutely loved it. Few days later, I'm still talking about the food to my friends and family.

It's Mexican fast food and their concept is very similar to Chipotle. You get in line and you choose what you like (burrito, tacos, salad + toppings). They make the food in front of you, then you pay and etc. But what makes them different is that their portions are bigger, the meats and sauces are more flavorful. They also make their own flour tortillas in the house. Chipotle doesn't do that.

Here's what we had...

Kiko ordered the Fire Grilled Steak Burrito with salsa verde and cheese on top with a side of salad. It's huge and stuffed with steak, rice, beans and etc. Kiko really liked it.

I had the Pork Barbacoa Salad. It was served on a large house made flour tortilla with black beans, shredded lettuce, cheese, guacamole, cheese with cilantro lime vinaigrette dressing. The pork was a bit sweet and really succulent. It was soooo good! The dressing was pretty good too and actually worked well with the sweet pork and the rest of the stuff. Oh and I couldn't get enough of the flour tortilla. So yummy!

I wasn't going to get dessert but how can I resist this gorgeous tres leches flan. Yes, it's tres leches. I've never had tres leches flan before. I didn't even know it existed haha. It was pretty bomb! 

Have you guys been to Cafe Rio Mexican Grill?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Umami Burger

I've been hearing about Umami Burger restaurant from friends and coworkers. They all say it's the best burger in town. There's a one that just opened in Hermosa Beach and Kiko and I happened to pass by it one day when we went biking. It was around dinner time so we decided to give it a try.

Here's what we had...

I got their classic Umami Burger. It has portebello mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, Parmesan crisp and Umami ketchup. According to our server, Umami means "pleasantly delicious" in Japanese. It has the basics taste of sweet, sour, bitter and salty. This burger is soooo good. I've had pretty awesome burgers in my life, but I've never tasted anything like it. All the components in it really worked together. The meat was cooked perfectly to medium and was really fresh. I couldn't get enough of the Umami ketchup. It was sweet!

We got a side of Sweet Potato Fries dusted with a little salt and cinnamon. They were good on their own, but tasted even better with Umami ketchup!

Kiko had the Baja Burger. Tempura Fried Cod, roasted salsa, coleslaw with avocado. Kiko really liked it. He didn't think all the flavors would work together, but it did. 

have you guys tried Umami Burger before?


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