Rio Ranch Restaurant

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BY MIKE PUCKETT

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EXPERIENCE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY IN THE CITY, AT OUR RESTAURANT IN HOUSTON

Before you enter the Rio Ranch Restaurant through the double glass doors, you are welcomed by the tranquil sound of water flowing down the country rocks in our treasure-filled creek. As you enter our Houston restaurant, your eyes are instantly drawn to the 30-foot-tall limestone fireplace, which adds country warmth and romance to your dining experience. Our guests are mesmerized by the dancing flames in the fireplace, as well as the unique chandelier made of scythes, rakes, plows, antlers and briers. The design for Rio Ranch was inspired by the Ranch houses of early Texas. The interior and exterior incorporate gnarled Cedar posts and limestone, quarried outside of Junction, Texas – both native to the Texas Hill Country.

 

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Apps

Smoked Chile Wings

Tossed in Rio Ranch’s Black Sauce, served with Bleu Cheese Dressing 

 

Paired with: Saint Arnold Amber Ale

American Amber, Saint Arnold Brewing Company

It has a rich, malty body with a pleasant caramel character derived from a specialty Caravienne malt. A complex hop aroma, with a hint of floral and citrus comes from a combination of Cascades and Liberty hops

 

Salad

Mesquite Grilled Signature Salad

Cotija Cheese, Bacon, Avocado, Toasted Pecans & choice of House made Dressing *Chicken Breast 

 

Paired with: Monterey Vineyards Chardonnay

The lush tropical fruit and fresh citrus expression in this Chardonnay, while the Pacific Ocean breezes preserved the grapes’ contribution of lively acidity. Aromas of juicy pineapple, tangerine, crisp Fuji apple and Meyer lemon zest lead the way, accompanied by hints of orange blossom, mineral and oak spices

 

Mains

Ribeye Steak

Rich, Juicy & Beefy Flavor with Generous Marbling

With Mac n Cheese & Asparagus

 

Paired with: Meiomi Pinot Noir

Ruby-hued with lifted aromas; bright strawberry and jammy fruit mingle with vanilla, mocha and toasty oak. Expressive boysenberry, blackberry and dark cherry are revealed. Supple tannins, silky texture, and exquisite balance. A distinctive California Pinot Noir with a world-class taste

 

Stockyard Baby Back Ribs

Full slab of ribs, ranch’s BBQ Sauce & pickled onion

With Steak Fries & Cowboy Beans 

 

Paired with: Shiner Bock

American-style dark lager, Spoetzl Brewery

Distinctive, rich, full-flavored, deep amber-colored beer with an inviting smooth taste without excessive bitterness

 

Chicken Fried Steak

With Country Mashers & Gravy 

 

Paired With: Morning Fog Chardonnay

Rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, honey, cinnamon and light floral notes, balanced by subtle oak

 

Pepper Filet

(Special off menu item, served daily)

Pepper crusted filet minion served with asparagus

 

Paired with: Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon

Ripe flavors of black plum jam and black currant, a reflection of the warmer vintage. Hints of oak and a touch of baking spice support the fruit

 

Desserts

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate cake with an infused chocolate center. Served warm

 

Cinnamon Bread Pudding

House-made bread pudding. Served warm with cinnamon & sweet bourbon sauce

 

Both paired with: Lone Star 1835 Texas Bourbon

Strong notes of aged bourbon smokey barrel flavors and hints of maple

 

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