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Dinner at Tio Pablo!

tio pablo openFriday night in the bottom and we were in the mood for something authentic. I remembered hearing a lot about this little place over by the 17th Street Farmer’s Market, called “Tio Pablo”. A taqueria and tequila bar by acclaimed owner of both Lulu’s and Millie’s, Paul Keevil. My husband and I both agreed a little fine tequila and tacos sounded mighty good!

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Greeted by an eager but friendly staff, we chose a spot along the wall but close by the bar. Surrounded by lots of brick and, what appeared to be, lots of a reclaimed wood. Warm lighting sets an old style Catina vibe.

IMG_5258Draft menu has a couple of local brews, more in bottles. Wide selection of tequilas as you’d imagine. We started our evening with a Trés Agave flight, complete with a hurried education by a very enthusiastic sever.

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My husband and I both order from “House Specialties” section of the menu. I chose the Carnitas plate, my husband the Carne Asada. To our disappointment the taqueria was out of guacamole for the evening, which was one IMG_5261of the sides that we were both looking forward to trying. Hmmm. With another quick look at the menu we each decided on our 2 sides. Grilled red onions were simple and flavorful. Fried potatoes packed a rich spiciness cutting the creaminess of the potato. My husband enjoyed both his black beans and rice. The Carnitas was moist and perfectly “pull-able”. Full of smokey flavor and served with warm tortillas. The Carne Asada fell a bit flat, over charred and quite gristly. However the grilled fennel was a fresh surprise.

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We finish our meals and decide on a highly recommended (by aforementioned enthusiastic sever) margarita to end the meal. This was his twist on a traditional margarita using Gran Centenario Azul Resposado and Combier, an orange liquer.

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It was a perfect end to the meal and left us on a good note. Both sweet and sour, the kick of the Resposado shined through with a smooth citrus finish.

All in all a pleasant meal and a place I ‘d like to try again soon, provided someone grabs a few pounds of avocados!

Check out Tio Pablo in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, sits on Franklin between 17th and 18th Streets. Hope you enjoy it!

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