The premise behind the original Cafe Rio was simple: to craft authentic Mexican cuisine to-order using fresh ingredients. Fast forward 20 years, and that straightforward idea has spawned nine locations of the Mexican eatery (with another forthcoming), including a newly opened branch near you in Severna Park.
The fast-casual restaurant allows you to step right up to the counter, where the fresh ingredients await, and customize your dish from the rice or tortilla up. Start by choosing the type of meal you want from a varied list of options. You can always go with a classic burrito, tacos, or enchiladas, or opt for a lighter salad, a tostada, or a quesadilla. Each dish comes with a pre-designed roster of ingredients, but feel free to pick and choose the ones you want as you go. Then choose the protein you want to go on top, from the sweet pork barbacoa to the fire-grilled USDA Choice steak.