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Neighborhood Eats: Rio Grande Cafe
Comments () | Published March 1, 2008
Rio Grande Cafe - Gaithersburg
Address: 231 Rio Blvd. , Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 240-632-2150
Neighborhood: Gaithersburg
Cuisines: Tex-Mex, South American, Mexican, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 to 10:30, Friday 11 AM to 11:30 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 11:30 PM, Sunday 10 AM to 10:30 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Guacamole; mesquite-grilled pork ribs; chicken and beef fajitas; Mexican-style shrimp-and-lobster soup; classic margarita.

The newer of these Tex-Mex eateries are done in bold fiesta colors and have the look of haciendas complete with patios. That patio may feel like a refuge because noise levels indoors—where twentysomethings crowd the bar and families fill the dining room—can get deafening.

What to get: Little here duplicates what you’d find in the West or Southwest, but the classic margarita is nicely made, and the most satisfying plates are guacamole and chips, smoky pork ribs grilled over mesquite, chicken and beef fajitas, and Friday’s Mexican-style shrimp-and-lobster soup.

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