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May 16, 2013

Foodie Favorites from A to Z – Abuelo’s

When it comes to great food options, there’s no shortage in Lubbock. In an effort to highlight the delicious fare available in the “Hub City,” each month, the Visit Lubbock Team will visit a different local hotspot. As you could infer from the title of this post, we are literally visiting Lubbock’s restaurants from A to Z.

After some research, to the best of our ability, Abuelo’s was the first stop for “Foodie Favorites from A to Z.” And it just so happens that this popular Mexican food restaurant recently celebrated the reopening of its newly remodeled courtyard patio. As you can tell, it’s an awesome place to kick back, relax, sip a signature Sangria Swirl and enjoy some of the best musical talent Lubbock has to offer.
Abuelo's patio

Didn’t think it could get any better? Well, it just did thanks to the launch of Abuelo’s new courtyard menu, which features a variety of appetizers, one-of-a-kind entrees and specialty tacos. Luckily, I had the opportunity to chow down on several of Abuelo’s general manager’s favorites.

Abuelo's shrimp 2

Firecracker Shrimp Tacos

These tacos are simply divine. Your taste buds will experience a recipe that combines Mexican flair with an Asian twist. This menu item comes with two tacos of plump shrimp, flash fried and coated in a spicy srirach aioli sauce and wrapped in fresh flour tortillas with shredded Napa cabbage, carrot, cilantro, mango relish and honey lime dressing. If you’re dining with friends, I suggest that you each order a different dish and then share…if you can.

If you’re not a fan of shrimp, I suggest giving the Tilapia Tacos a try. You can order the tilapia either grilled or fried. Wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla, this delicious option is made complete with the addition of shredded Napa cabbage, cilantro, mango relish, carrot and honey lime dressing wrapped in fresh flour tortillas.

Abuelo's shrimp

Tilapia Tacos

Not a fan of Mexican food? Order the cheeseburger tacos and I promise you will become a big fan. In a blind taste test, these tacos could most certainly pass for a good ole cheeseburger. The dish includes two tacos of seasoned ground beef patties topped with melted cheese and wrapped in fresh flour tortillas with shredded lettuce, diced tomato and purple onion, topped with Southwest ranch dressing.

Abuelo's cheeseburger tacos

Cheeseburger Tacos

Still not convinced that a taco can pass for a cheeseburger? Well, Abuelo’s delivers an option that was truly developed for the cheeseburger lover. The Green Chile Cheeseburger Torta is a dream come true for a meat lover. The burger includes two grilled beef patties layered with green chilies and melted cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato and onion on a telera roll. This entrée comes with a side of Southwest ranch dressing and what I believe are some of the best fries in town.

Abuelo's sangria

Sangria Swirl

Wash it all down with Abuelo’s signature Sangria Swirl, a frozen margarita swirled with frozen sangria. It is truly the perfect mix of sweet and sour.

Of course, an evening on the patio isn’t complete without some music to tap your feet to. Abuelo’s line up includes Kyle Abernathie, Bo Garza, D.G. Flewellyn and Junior Vasquez just to name a few. The musical performances and courtyard menu are only available Wednesday through Saturday from 4 – 10 p.m., but you can enjoy a cocktail on Abuelo’s patio any day of the week.

In celebration of the newly remodeled courtyard, Abuelo’s is offering a free Courtyard Chile con Queso appetizer with the purchase of any Courtyard Menu food item. This offer is valid only on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 on Abuelo’s Lubbock Courtyard. You must print off this blog post and share it with your waiter (Code: QUESO) to redeem the offer. So grab some friends and enjoy the tastes, sights and sounds that Abuelo’s has to offer. Cheers to an evening on the patio!