The Rio Grande Valley is so far away, noted Texas historian T.R. Fehrenbach once said of it, "Yeah, that's pretty far, should we just go to Plano instead?". Enter Urban Rio, a complete transformation of Plano's 95yr-old Ice House covering four stories:
Beyond shots, you'll sip on cocktails like the Cazadores-fueled Guava Habanero and the tequila/mezcal/chili powder/agave Urban Cowboy (finish it or your Buds will call you a Sissy). Then take down meals including the thinly pounded, queso-listo-and-panella-stuffed Rio Steak, Gulf crab & roasted corn enchiladas, and Shea's Tamale Pie: diced chicken, chipotle crema, peppers, onions & chihuahua cheese in a masa dough crust, topped with oaxaquena crema & corn pico, all served in a cast-iron skillet "bubbly hot" -- temps that in the Rio Grande are tempered by Gulf breezes, explaining why almost everyone in Harlingen's 95yrs old.
Published: June 20, 2012 at 4:00am EDT
1000 E 14th St Ste 100
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