Foodie Favorites – Albarran’s Mexican Bar & Grill
To get an accurate picture of just how Jorge Albarran’s Lubbock restaurant came into existence you’d have to go back to 1989, the year that Albarran moved to Texas from Acapulco, Mexico with his parents. After starting a job as a bus boy, Albarran worked his way through the restaurant ranks over time and opened his first restaurant in Amarillo, Texas in 2004 to much success. Fast forward 12 years, and I was standing in the jam-packed parking lot of Albarran’s latest restaurant venture – Albarran’s Mexican Bar & Grill.
If you’ve been following our foodie adventures, you know that we’ve been eating our way across town and through the alphabet from A-Z. Last month, I confessed my love for West Crust pizza, which brought us to letter “X,” a trip to Albarran’s and a departure from alphabetical norm to see if it had the “X-factor” we were looking for.
I grew up in West Texas with a true appreciation of family, Friday night football and really good Tex-Mex. I was pleased to see all of my favorites on the menu like fajitas, chile rellenos, enchiladas and spicy asado, as well as a few less traditional offerings like the chicken fajita pita – grilled chicken strips, bell peppers, onions and shredded cheese, lettuce and tomatoes served on pita bread. We opted for the Nathan’s Chimichanga (see the deliciousness below) and a beef fajita quesadilla because, let’s face it, you can never go wrong with a good quesadilla.
I can’t go any further without talking about the patio at Albarran’s. Lubbock has 263 days of sunshine each year, and I would love to spend each of them dining al fresco on a good patio. Albarran’s patio offers ample seating, strings of lights and plenty of space for live music and a margarita. Which brings me to my next point…
Josh Abbott sings that if you’ve never had a cold Shiner down in Luckenbach, then you ain’t met his Texas yet, but if you’ve never indulged in a frosty marg on a Lubbock patio, then you haven’t met mine, and Albarran’s has a few on their drink menu that are on my must-try list. First in line is their Spicy Watermelon Margarita made with fresh watermelon puree, watermelon pucker, sweet ‘n’ sour, chili powder, fresh lime juice and garnished with a chili-lime rim and a jalapeno slice. If that’s not your style, you certainly can’t go wrong with a Dos’Rita frozen or on the rocks served with your favorite beer.
Albarran’s not only seats two-stories worth of patrons, but it also offers a party room that can be utilized from everything from a business meeting to a private party. Bonus: it comes equipped with a screen and projector.
So should your week be in need of a little spicing up, stop by Albarran’s Mexican Bar & Grill. It may just be the “X-factor” you’re looking for. Happy dining!
- Location: 7722 Milwaukee Ave.
- Hours: Monday – Wednesday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Thursday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
- Phone: 806.771.2869
- Website: albarrans.com