Local, Family-owned Resturants in Del Rio, TX

By Braxton Shoop on April 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm EST
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Local, family-owned restaurants in Del Rio offer an authentic experience based on a rich heritage drawn from Mexican culinary influence.

Memo's Restaurant

Memo's Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant that has become a landmark of Del Rio. Memo's Restaurant was originally named "El Aguila Café" when Guillermo "Memo" and Leonòr "None" Calderòn opened it in 1936. Over the years, the restaurant has been renamed and passed down to Memo's son Moises "Blondie" Calderòn. After Blondie died in 2000, the restaurant passed to Blondie's wife, Dolly, and his youngest daughter, Patricia Ray. Dolly and Patricia keep the Memo's Restaurant tradition alive with a menu featuring an abundance of delicious meals and live music on Thursday nights, which is a tribute to Blondie who had been a piano player and music director for noted country music singer and songwriter Ray Price.

Julio's Chips

Julio T. Garcia was raised in Acuña, Mexico and worked as a cook in Del Rio restaurants for many years. After a restaurant he worked at closed, Julio tried to market a seasoning he developed. Progress was slow initially until a woman asked him to make her some tortilla chips. Julio agreed and made the chips with specially developed seasoning. The woman took the chips to a party where others discovered the chips' wonderful taste. As word of mouth spread, more and more individuals flocked to Julio seeking chips flavored with his special blend of seasoning. As demand grew, Julio enlisted the help of family members to increase supply. Over time, Julio's small garage operation has grown into Julio's Chips, a successful restaurant operation in Del Rio and a full line of products including chips, salsa and Julio's special seasoning. These products are now sold throughout Texas in areas including Abilene, Midland, San Angelo and Odessa.

Rancho Ojo De Agua

This family-opereated ranch is located west of Ciudad Acuña, in Coahuila, Mexico. The ranch is across the Rio Grande from Del Rio. Rancho Ojo de Agua have raised quality beef cattle for more than 40 years, and now market grassfed beef directly to customers in Del Rio and San Antonio, TX. Rancho Ojo de Agua also manufactures and markets as exclusive line of Bolsas, or Mexican handbags, from re-purposed feed sacks, and offer premium whitetail deer, dove and quail hunting, as well as fishing excursions. 

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