October 23rd, 2012 by Brian McCullough – Comments (3)
Drive through the north-east side of Downtown Tulsa past Peoria, take a right on Trenton, just before Utica. You’ll come to a place where residential meets industrial and the sunsets are still huge. Boom! You’re there. El Rio Verde. Go on and pull up to their dirt parking lot, order your food, and feel free to dine off one of Tulsa’s back roads. According to over 800 UrbanSpoon users you are about to eat at Tulsa’s best Mexican restaurant.
On a recent trip to El Rio I ordered the tacos. I wanted simple, meat, onions, cilantro, a little salsa and a squeeze of lime. Carni Asada, Carnitas and Shrimp, see my taco lineup above. El Rio Verde is known for their big-ol donkey burritos but their seafood dishes are also very good. Check out my pictures, looks fresh, and it was over the top. The only part that didn’t hit the spot was that you could tell that the Carni Asada was not cooked to order–rather than having that char finish, it had the texture of meat that had been steamed to stay hot or reheated. I expect good tacos to be grilled togo with crispy edges–carni asada is thin and yet many Mexican restaurants are hit and miss on this. The Shrimp was great, the sauce a citrus flavors; next visit, I’ll be going for the shrimp cocktail.
My buddy Paul thinks he found Tulsa’s best wet chimichanga. When his dish was making its way to our table, I was thinking “dang that is a wet mini donkey!” Just look at this cheesy chimi and let it tease your appetite.
There is so much to try at El Rio– I recommend you explore the menu as I have dedicated myself to do. Marinated pork, pastor, Mexican seafood dishes, breakfast and don’t forget their famous wet burrito (Great review by Brian Schwartz linked).
El Rio Verde
38 N Trenton Ave
Tulsa, OK 74120