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“Hidden gem big on flavor”

Rio Balsas Taqueria
Ranked #34 of 266 Restaurants in Cumming
Cuisines: Mexican, Latin, Spanish
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Cumming, Georgia
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13 reviews
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“Hidden gem big on flavor”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

You truly can't judge a book by its cover. The exterior of Rio Balsas is less than inviting and we never would have tried it without a friend's recommendation. What a lovely surprise awaits within this little taqueria off the beaten path. The chips and salsa are homemade daily. The chips are thin, crispy and melt in your mouth. The shrimp appetizer is worth many a return trip, as is the queso dip with a nice spicy mound of chopped jalapenos on top. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Looking forward to trying more entrees!

  • Visited November 2012
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English first
Cumming, Georgia, United States
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“We found a lovely little Mexican Restaurant today!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

We saw this little restaurant when we were coming home from the show, did not even know it was there...lots of cars so we said lets try it. And what a lovely surprise! Its not fancy at all, but clean and the tables and booths are not crowded together. We started with Chicken Flautas and Nachos and homemade salsa, then I had the Veggie Quesadilla which was prepared with a nice mixture of sautéed lightly seasoned veggies and a side of rice and black beans. Kate splurged on her diet and had the Fried Quesadilla which she never had before and said was delicious and Dave had the Balsas Fajitas with chicken and shrimp which he said was fantastic! Our waitress and bus people were courteous and helpful! We can’t wait to take our friends next week!

  • Visited November 2012
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Dahlonega, Georgia
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92 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Great Service and Food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2012

The award winning shrimp appetizer is perfection! The food is fresh the chef knows how to mix flavors to create a wonderful Mexican dish. They have other items on the menu for those that do not like Mexican but it all look fantastic. The waiter was outstanding a person that really knows the menu to give wonderful information of everything contained in each item. I am so glad others took time to rate this place helping with a decision to drive 20 miles for lunch. Will return for dinner real soon.

  • Visited November 2012
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GA
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“A Great Hole in the Wall”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2012

My parents brought home one of their taco meals for me one night and I was blown away. So much so that I went back a week or so later and ordered the meal again. Where do I start? The food is so fresh! The meat is full of flavor and cooked to order. The sides are amazing and would reccomend any of them! The salsas are also full of flavor and chips have the perfect crunch! Stop of by and give these guys a visit, you will return over and over again!

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank TrentsterGa
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Cumming, Georgia
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“Great Place in Cumming....North Forsyth....Best Mexican Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This place is wonderful. I have been several times and it is alway great. Each plate is made to perfection with attention!! Presentation and unbelieveable flavor make this mexican restaurant stand out among other plain local tex mex restaurants. The calamari appetizer is like no other! Just try it and you will know what I mean! The tacos are fabulous! Not your plain jane meat, lettuce and cheese. Nachos seem to be individually made on each chip....great! Salsas are unique and full of flavor. Chef puts forth much more effort than many fancy restaurants! Staff is very attentive! Go visit for a wonderful surprise! Top notch!!

  • Visited October 2012
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