Rio Cristal’s signature steak hidden beneath pile of French fries, no one complains

Featured, Restaurants — By on April 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Entrance of Rio Cristal. You can smell the goodness already.

Salad and bread to start. The house dressing is waiting on your table to be squirted. Don't eat too many breads! Leave room for steak and fries ... and flan!

If you’ve never tried the Bistec Rio Cristal at Rio Cristal then you’re missing out. This steak is perfectly seasoned. La Carreta could take a lesson from the Cuban cooking going on here. I’ve never been to Cuba, but I’m sure Rio Cristal is very close to it. It resembles a cafeteria, with numbers assigned to each table. Once your order is ready you’ll hear your number called out and you know your food is on its way soon. It’s a great feeling. Luckily, your hunger would have subdued a little by then. You’ll probably have stuffed your face with crispy bread and relaxed with a nice house salad, which come with your steak order.

This steak is a winner. But you might reminisce and ask “Where’s the beef?” It comes to your table under a mountain of freshly fried fries. It’s hard to know which one is the entree and which one is the side. Don’t worry, though. As you begin to dig your way down the potato slopes you’ll notice that there’s enough steak on the plate to serve two people. The ropa vieja or shredded beef is so tasty too, and the flan is out of this world. The next time you have a Cuban crave go to Rio Cristal at 9872 SW 40 Street.

Ropa Vieja. Translated to old clothing. It did not taste like there was anything old about this shredded beef. Black beans back there for rice, or on their own.


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