Taste of Rio Rancho, 2013

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Thousands of hungry diners chow down. 

Taste PanoramaMarch 9, 2013 

3rd Annual Taste of Rio Rancho. 


If you were there, please fill in this survey, which will help make next year’s Taste ever better. 

I went to see  what Rio Rancho restaurants have to offer at the 3rd Annual Taste of Rio Rancho presented by CenturyLink. The event provides attendees with FREE food sampling and live music from Point Blank, CRB, and Al Hurricane & Al Hurricane Jr. 

The food was good and tasty. 
The music was good and loud. 
The attendees were smiling as they braved some rather long lines to sample some of their favorites. Some looked incredulously at the Green Chile Apple Cheesecake provided by Toro Bar and Grill  by (yeah, really. It was great.) 

I stayed away from Blakes, Dairy Queen, Baskin Robbins, and Sushi King in order to conserve belly space for some of my Rio Rancho favorites; many of them were exhibiting. 

If you missed this event, mark it on your calendar for next year. You will be delighted. 

¡Buen Provecho!

Some of my Favorite Exhibitors 

Joe's Pasta House

Joe’s Pasta House. Kassie dishing it up.

Joe’s Pasta House is among my personal favorites in Rio Rancho. Or anyplace, for that matter. 






Smokehouse Barbecue

Gary West’s Smokehouse is my favorite Barbecue joint in The Duke City. I am glad that it is just up the hill from my Corrales home. 




Fat Squirrel

Fat Squirrel

What else can I say other than that they have created a competition -style green chile cheeseburger named the el McGoldrick. Of course this place is one of my favorites. Duh. 






Latitude’s is the place to pick up some really tasty food for your next outing. They put together a dynamite egg salad croissant. 

Eat here and get gas. 





Las Cazuelas is the first Mexican/New Mexican restaurant that I discovered shortly after I arrived in Corrales from Burtonsville, MD. You know what they say about first loves. Get a chicharrone burrito here. With red, of course. 



Chamisa Hills

Chamisa Hills

Chamisa Hills Golf and Country Club is new to me, and is on my wish list. The food they prepared for the ToRR was among the very best in the building. Nice people. 




Pizza 9

Pizza 9

We first went to the RR Pizza 9 when we found out that they had a gluten-free pizza close to our house. My personal favorite here is not the pizza (which is really good), but the Chicago Italian Beef sandwich. Get yours with giardiniera



Two more of my favorites were exhibiting, but my camera crapped out. Rats. They are 


The Buffet Table at Namaste

Slow Smoked Carne Panini

Slow Smoked Carne Panini at  
Cafe Bella Coffee






I am anxiously awaiting the opening this summer of Prime and Mariscos Altamar. Both of these places are among my ABQ favorites, and we should all welcome them to Rio Rancho when they open here. 

Churros Con Crema y Cajeta

Churros Con Crema y Cajeta
at Mariscos Altamar

Angry Sicilian

Angry Sicilian at Prime







Here’s a complete list of participants:

Floor Layout

Much more space than last year


The Hungry Mob

The Hungry Mob



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1 Response to Taste of Rio Rancho, 2013

  1. Thank you Larry for sharing your love of the many great restaurants Rio Rancho offers & how much you enjoyed Taste of Rio Rancho; what a fun time! It was really good to see you again; we are looking forward to reading more about the food establishments you enjoy, on your blog. You really give us useful insight as to where we my like to dine when we get a chance!

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