Lunch with Brian

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The Rio Grande, July 6, 2009

At The Rio Grande, we were happy that the parking meter didn't give us the flashing "FAIL" upon inserting a quarter like they are apt to do in downtown Austin. As we walked from the car to the restaurant, we were temporarily distracted by an evil fish sign across the street. It belongs to Max's Wine Dive. Apparently, they have "Upscale comfort food in a relaxed setting." I didn't get that at all from the look of the fish. He look like he might have had too much wine and was suffering from river rage. We considered dining there, but discovered that they don't do lunch. On Sunday's, they have Sunday Brunch, though, and I think "Brunch with Brian" flows quite well, don't you?

As we entered The Rio Grande, Brian noticed they have new couches at the bar. Gone are the terrible tall cafe chairs.

Brian wasn't very hungry because he ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast. That was good for me because I got to eat some of his food.

I ordered the Mahi Mahi tacos which were on special because it was Friday. Brian ordered the nachos grande with steak. He asked them to hold the lettuce. I never thought to ask that before, but I think I will in the future. Lettuce really doesn't add much, and I've found that it's pretty good at slipping out of your mouth when you try to take a bite of nacho.

Nachos and Fish Tacos

We both enjoyed the food while we listened to Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas singing about love overhead. Also overhead were about 90 different kinds of light, some of which don't give off much light at all. Not that that's a bad thing.

Pineapple lamp, barrel lamp and some weird kind of paper mache lamp.

When the bill came, we were quite pleased to receive 10% off because I have a Go Local Austin card. Lunch is pretty much always good at The Rio Grande, but it's even better with 10% off!


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