Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong Dip a hit in New York City

Bob Armstrong dip (right) at Matt's El Rancho in 2002.
Bob Armstrong dip (right) at Matt’s El Rancho in 2002.

Matt’s El Rancho’s menu states that restaurants everywhere have tried to duplicate their famous Bob Armstrong queso dip. Add New York City to the list.

If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere … it seems Matt’s El Rancho’s Bob Armstrong Dip has hit the big time.

Manhattan Te-Mex restaurant Javelina has been serving the queso dish with beef, sour cream and guacamole since the restaurant opened in March, and it been a sensation, according to the NY Post.

The restaurant is owned by Dallas native Matt Post, who grew up eating the dip named after the late Texas Land Commissioner at Matt Martinez Jr.’s Dallas restaurant Mattito’s, according to the Post article.

Javelina’s chef Richard Caruso seems a little nonplussed by the excitement over the South Austin staple.

“I do like it, but some of these people are just insane over it, it’s almost religious,” Caruso told the Post.

Welcome to the mindset of a Texan, chef Caruso.

Javelina isn’t the only Tex-Mex restaurant drawing attention in New York. Former Austinite and Momo’s owner Paul Oveisi, who recently teamed with “Homesick Texan” author Lisa Fain to open El Original in Hell’s Kitchen, and Dallas native Clay Mallow runs the popular taco joint Gueros Brooklyn.

Read the obituary for Armstrong, who died on March 1, here.



Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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