Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Abuelo's - Beavercreek, Ohio

I've been to Abuelo's twice before this - once impressed, the other unimpressed, regardless of my crippling hangover.  the first time was for a friend's going away party and I wasn't paying much attention to the food, but remember it being pretty good.  The second time, I switched it up and ordered something with steak and was sorely disappointed. The meat was soft but chewy, not much higher than run-for-the-border grade.  I'd always wanted to give it another whirl (avoiding the steak entrees) because, frankly, it's a really bitchin' place inside.  It's one of the only Mexican restaurants that genuinely remind me of Mexico, with it's architecture, fountains, statues and lighting.  This was the view from our table:

 It always throws me off that at such a swank-feeling restaurant, almost every other diner you see is dressed like they got a surprise invite to dinner after a day or working in the yard.  I'd already eyeballed the menu, so my heart was set on the stuffed chicken medallions with chorizo, poblanos and queso blanco.  With all those great ingredients, it would be tough to make it taste bad - but they really knock it out of the park on this one.  The chicken was tender and juicy, stuffed with spicy goodness, coated in (I'm guessing) panko, and somehow not the slightest bit greasy.  I'm not normally a big fan of this style of cooking beans, but even they were aces, with little bits of bacon stewed in with them and a nice smoky flavor.  I had to force myself stop eating them in order to avoid ruining our romantic evening with a fart symphony.  I was also a big fan of the Skinny Margarita on their drink menu, consisting of just lime juice and tequila, with a touch of Splenda.  I love margaritas as much as the next gal, but I have two problems with them: Mexico totally spoiled me on good ones, and they're a real waste of calories when using a mix and/or triple sec.
 Mr. FvF had the Fajita Chimichanga, because one entree name isn't good enough for him, and he really likes saying "chimichanga."  I had a bite of that, and his papas. They were both good, but he agreed we'd probably both be ordering the chicken medallions next time.
The service was as close to perfect as you can get.  Our server was friendly, attentive and easy on the eyes.  It seems that Abuelo's doesn't hire ugly people, which is alright by me.  I always find it easier to digest a meal when Gollum isn't staring me down asking if I want dessert.  The price points were so right on, too.  I'm a big stickler for the dollars charged not matching the amount or quality of the food served, and it felt like we were robbing these people. My dish was around $14, while Mr's was just under $9, and copious amount of fresh, paper-thin chips with salsa for free.

5 out of 5 sporks!   


Jessica Lemmon said...

I love Abuelo's! Erm... or I loveD it, anyway. I don't know how much vegan fare they offer. My guess is not much. :( Thx for the chuckles - the Gollum reference in particular.

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