Finger Lakes Summer eats South of the Border.

April 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm 2 comments

Mexican food in Canandaigua

Rio Tomatlan, Beeman Street, downtown Canandaigua

Rio Tomatlon offers authentic Mexican cuisine in downtown Canandaigua. The décor is colorful and appetizing with bright colors of teal, orange and magenta and lots of beautiful artwork. The friendly bar, which is visible when you first walk in, is stocked with more than 50 varietes of tequila!

Rio Tomatlan inside

The bar at Rio Tomatlan

Festive colors inside the finger lakes restaurant

Interior of Rio Tomatlan

We ask our waitress, Jaime, what her favorites are. She recommends the Chile Rellenos, (stuffed pepper) We order a Bocadilla, Ceviche,  plus Primera Pesados, Chile Rellenos and Enchillada Roja.

Juan, the owner, comes out of the kitchen for a few minutes to chat. Turns out his Mom, Maria, owns El Rincon, on Ridge Road in Rochester, and she taught him to cook. Everything he prepares is made from scratch and he uses locally grown produce. The food is delicious — especially the ceviche.  I am a bit of a ceviche freak. I make my own. My neighbor, Jim, makes the best I have ever had. I would order Juan’s ceviche again!

Mural at Rio Tomatlan

Mural: Lady Pink

Lunch at Rio Tomatlan

Enchilladas Rojas

Lunch at Rio Tomatlan

Shrimp Ceviche

Pastel Tres Leches

Pastel Tres Leches

Juan recommends we try his signature dessert, Pastel Tres Leches prepared with cream, condensed milk, and coconut milk and a shot of mescal. Creamy sweet and delicious — this is unusual and worth saving room for.

Also on his recommendation, we head over to the tattoo parlor down the street to meet the artist who created all the murals and paintings decorating the walls.

When in Canandaigua take a side trip to Mexico — via Rio Tomatlan.



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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jack Mansur Jr.  |  April 28, 2010 at 5:36 am

    We had dinner at ‘Mom’s’ place in Sodus last week. If Rio’s food is 1/2 as good, people should be tearing down the doors. Maria has exposed Rochester to Real, True Mexican cuizine and we’ll never be the same. WOW !!!!!!!!!!!

    • 2. Barb  |  May 3, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      Great idea for a new dinner location! Chaz and I will have to try it out!


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