Rio West Cantina - Milwaukee - recent visit
When this place first opened, we stopped, and it was just okay. But the review in the Shepherd Express and some friends' comments were right on target when they said a change in chefs had made a big difference. The other pertinent comment was the specials on the weekends were something special.
Sopa azteca - I've had a number of versions of this in different places. I don't know what's authentic anymore. But if you like New Mex red chile, you'll love this. crisp tortilla strips, avocado, and red chile, red chile, red chile. Really good.
Pork in pasilla sauce - pork was fork-tender and delicious. I'd prefer a bit of heat, but a good chile flavor, decent rice, homemade refried beans which were quite good, and had some heat.
The plate lunch isn't one, that is, it's a taco and a tostada rather than the usual stew or some sort plus tortillas. Both good.
The sopa was good enough for me to maybe quit making my own red chile at home.