Friday Night Photos: Utah Taco Salad Wars – Cafe Rio Versus Bajio
posted by Kalyn Denny on January 10, 2009
This edition of Friday Night Photos is definitely for people in Utah, but others are welcome to play along. Here in the Beehive state, a certain type of taco salad is hugely popular, and now there are two competing local chains, each with their own taco salad version. First on the scene was Cafe Rio, and despite the fact that I’ve never gotten around to adding a photo, the post where I share the recipe that was given to me for Cafe Rio Creamy Cilantro Dressing is one of my most popular posts. Above is your basic Cafe Rio Salad, a layered concoction of flour tortilla, black or pinto beans, rice, seasoned chicken, lettuce, guacamole, chips, cilantro, and salsa. Everyone in Utah loves Cafe Rio Salads.
Here’s my South Beach Diet friendlier version of Cafe Rio Salad, with no chips, no rice, and I don’t eat the flour tortilla most of the time, although now they have whole wheat tortillas, so that might change.
Here is the Bajio version of the same salad, essentially the same ingredients although you can’t see the guacamole or salsa in this photo. Interestingly enough, I didn’t realize the bowl was that mettalic fuscia color until I took the photos.
Here’s my South Beach Diet friendlier version of the Bajio salad, with some Cojita cheese adding a bit of extra appeal. Bajio also has their own version of creamy cilantro dressing, very similar but maybe a tiny bit more spicy than the Cafe Rio Dressing.
So readers, you’ve seen the contenders, now cast your votes. If you’re from Utah, which do you like best, Cafe Rio or Bajio? And if you’re never eaten at either of these places, which looks best to you?