The Short Order
Winter is a good time to eat at Rio Chama. Though it has a wide-ranging menu, it’s primarily a steakhouse, and it follows the old tradition of serving salads and side dishes that are cheesy, creamy, and high in calories. The dry-aged beef on offer — Black Angus from southern Colorado — is consistently good, regardless of which cut you choose. The sides are a mixed bag, and can be overwhelmingly heavy. Desserts are sometimes an afterthought at steak places, but not here, so you’ll want to leave room. Recommended: raw oysters on the half shell, chicken flautas, New York strip steak, filet mignon, pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate pot with crème anglaise.