Lunch with Brian

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The Rio Grande, December 17, 2008

The Rio Grande is where they filmed The Real World Austin. Of course, it wasn't an upscale tex-mex restaurant back then. It was a converted warehouse. The only thing I've seen that's left there is Big Tex.

The waiter came to introduce himself (Ryan), bring menus and ask us about beverages. As he walked away, Brian and I both looked at each other and said, "He's cute."

Ryan came back with our waters and said the chips would be late because they just got new bowls, and they were washing them. When Ryan walked away, Brian said Ryan could wash his salsa bowls anytime. I told Brian that maybe I shouldn't write about this stuff in the blog for fear of scaring away the homophobes, but then we both decided it's the homophobes' losses. Or something.

Brian got a Mahi Mahi salad. Ryan suggested the citrus vinaigrette on the side, and Brian couldn't resist. I think Ryan could have talked Brian into trying used motor oil on his salad. Brian was impressed with the salad. He told me a bunch of reasons why, but the part that sticks with me is the fish was warm and the greens were cold.

I had the Enchiladas Del Mar. They were pretty good, but the best part of the meal (before dessert) was the tortillas. Homemade, I think. They didn't even need butter. Yum.

For dessert, I ordered the Chocolate Habanero Creme Brulee. Very, very good if a little pricey at $7.00. Had to try it at least once, though.

When Ryan brought the bill, it was in one of those bill folders that usually has two pockets and a little sleeve for the credit card. This one was bigger than usual, had a pocket on one side and what looked like a zip lock bag on the other. It was like a bill trapper keeper (without the trapper part). I asked Ryan about it, and he said he didn't understand how it was supposed to work. "I don't really like it because there's too much going on," Ryan said.

Ryan brought our credit card receipts to sign, and he bid us farewell. As I was signing my receipt, the pen leaked black ink on my fingers. Then we went back to work.


Shann said this on December 18, 2008 4:28 PM:

Habanero in a dessert? Really? Was it hot?

kim said this on December 18, 2008 10:29 PM:

I only tasted a little heat in one of the bites, but I was trying hard to taste the pepper, so I might have imagined it. I think it's one of those things you can't pick out of the flavors, but would make it taste totally different if it wasn't in there. It was goooood.

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