So, here's the deal. If you plan to eat out at a local restaurant on a SUNDAY in Amarillo, have several choices handy! We called four other restaurants and they were all closed! But Abuelo's was open, and the great food and great service made us forget all about our previous woes.
First off, Jami, our waitress, was a delight. She was very friendly, very attentive, and made excellent suggestions for us first timers regarding the menu. And the menu is HUGE. If you can't find something (or several things) that you like, well, you're just not trying.
We started off with the dip sampler which included two types of queso (one spicier than the other) and an "avocado cream" dip. They were all very good, and the chips were light, crispy, and not greasy.
My traveling companion (TC) ordered the Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Chile Glaze, which also came with charro beans and papas con chile, a delicious concoction of mashed-like potatoes with chile and cheese in them. I ordered the green chile pork burrito which came with refried beans and papas con chile. Both dishes were so good! After one bite, I could see my TC thinking about making that chile glaze at home. The pork in each dish was very tender and flavorful. He raved about the charro beans, and we both enjoyed the papas con chile-they weren't what I was expecting from the description but no matter. They were very good. My burrito was excellent--not too hot with the chiles, just enough to give it an excellent flavor. And the refried beans were great too, especially paired with the chips and some of the queso dip!
I didn't realize until later that Abuelo's was more than just a local chain. It appears as though they have locations in about 15 states. It *looks* like a chain; that is to say it's quite large and is very nicely decorated. But the food in no way resembles typical assembly line "chain" food. It was anything but typical.
I don't know when or if I'll be back in Amarillo (or any of the other states one can find Abuelo's) but I will be sure to eat there again when I have the opportunity!
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