Hacienda Del Rio

702 Sutter Street, Folsom, 916-351-1800, haciendafolsom.com

Photo by Dante Fontana

One recent summer evening, I had a craving for Mexican food and decided to go to Historic Folsom’s Hacienda Del Rio.

Located on the second floor of an 1880s building and serving food since 1979, I had been longing to try it.

Entering the restaurant felt like going back in time to the Gold Rush days. Colorful murals decorated the dining area while floral and calico shade lamps hung above each booth. The outdoor dining area and the spacious bar area were both full of activity.

The menu included a wide variety of choices, from fajitas to traditional combo plates. There were also “Specialties de la Hacienda” such as Chili Verde, Chili Colorado and Carne Asada. I decided on the El Grande, a combination of three items served with rice and beans. Each item I chose – the chicken taco, cheese enchilada and chili relleno – was generously proportioned. The chicken taco was served in a hard shell with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and a large amount of shredded chicken; the cheese enchilada in a red sauce brought out the spiciness and blended well with the cheese; and the giant green chili relleno enveloped the melted cheese that escaped from it as I took each bite. It was my first time trying a chili relleno and I wasn’t disappointed!

For dessert, I had the Mud Pie, a wonderful slice of cookies and cream ice cream with a chocolate cookie crust, drizzled with chocolate sauce and dolloped with whipped cream to top it off. It was a refreshing way to end the delicious meal.

After dinner, I strolled down Historic Sutter Street peeking into shop windows. If you find yourself in downtown Folsom and have a yearning for authentically delicious Mexican food, stop into Hacienda Del Rio!

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