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“Christmas Dinner, Served Rudely”
Review of El Abajeno

El Abajeno
Ranked #7 of 101 Restaurants in Tlaquepaque
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 21 January 2013

We went to El Abajeno and had been before. It is a large restaurant with mariachi and great atmosphere. Our servers were rude, the food was cold, and we were charged twice for tip, with a receipt cleverly folded. The glass of wine I ordered was about 3.5 oz and $7 USD.

Not a good experience, even though the location was close to our hotel.

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Reviewed 23 October 2012 via mobile

There were 5 people in our group. After a day of shopping at the Sunday Tianguis (flea market) in Tonala. Our group headed back to Tlaquepaque to drop off our purchases at the hotel before heading off to dinner. Turns out there was going to be folkloric dancers at this restaurant El Albajeño at 4:30 pm so as we made our way from the hotel through the Parian and north on Independencia towards the restaurant. Needless to say we were all a bit hot and thirsty by the time we made it to the place.
What we found when we got there was really nice and was very similar to the Parian! Tables and chairs surrounding a couple of huge trees.
We were attended to pretty quickly and sat towards the rear of the restaurant. Soon we were approached by a young lady who explained the special.For approximately $1100 pesos(just under $100 U.S.) you would get a Parillada (grill platter) for 5 people and our choice of 5 drinks called cazuelas or 5 soft drinks. Such a deal! We were hooked!

First the Parillada.
It consists of the following; Pork in an adobo sauce, Chicken, Arrachera steak, Pork Carnitas, Melted cheese with Chorizo, beans, and guacamole. Tortillas and chips served on the side. This made it so you can make your own tacos! The meats were so good and not overly grilled. My favorite had to be the pork in adobo sauce!! It didnt look like much but fed 5 very hungry people quite well!!

Next the Cazuelas!
This drink is truly fantastic!!
In a cazuela de barro (clay dish) they bring you;
1/2 a grapefruit squeezed
1 lime squeezed
Squirt
A pinch of salt
All poured over ice
A bottle of tequila is opened at the table and poured into the dish
My wife is not much of a drinker and she absolutely loved it!!

As the drinks were being prepared at the table, the folkloric dancers made their way to the stage. Accompanied by a live Marichi band, the show went on for about 20 or 30 minutes. The Mariachi band continued to play and would alternate with a Norteño band which had guitars an accordian and an upright bass. The bands charged $250 per song (about $20 U.S) and were very very good!!

Dessert was soooo delicious!
We ordered;
Cafe De Olla - A strong black mexican coffee made with cloves, cinnamon and brown sugar
Platanos Fritos - Fried bannanas with dressings on the side which consisted of; crema, condensed milk, cajeta (mexican carmel), and walnuts
Chongos Zamoranos - A sweet dessert made of curdled milk (yup curdled milk)in a syrup.

5 people $1700 pesos or $141 U.S. Thats the Grill platter, a bottle if tequila for the cazuelas (drinks) and 2 deserts mexican coffee And including the 20% tip which we glady paid as service was good. Thats roughly $28 per person and a bottle of free bottle of tequila to boot!
Not to shabby


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Thank moe2012
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Reviewed 6 August 2012

This traditional Mexican restaurant serves authentic fare in an old open air rancho. While there we tried the tequila en cazuela (a bowl of tequila with ice and grapefruit juice, with half each of a grapefruit, an orange and a lime floating in it); panela cheese with salsa verde, chamorro (a pig calf), guacamole and aguachiles (a spicy dish consisting of chile de arbol, raw shrimp, lime juice, cucumber and tomato). All were very good, well prepared and authentic. The place oozed atmosphere as well, with live marriachis and lots of large groups whooping it up. The grounds are pretty and well maintained, and even though it is open air, it has a covered translucent roof and lots of shade provided by trees. Service is also good, a rarity in Mexico. Highly recommended to visitors to Tlaquepaque or Guadalajara looking for good, quality local fare in a charming environment.

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Thank grilango
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Reviewed 26 July 2012

This place is great for spending an entire afternoon listening to the mariachis. They are super funny and they will certainly make sureyou have a blast here. There is also a norteno group that is fantastic too.

The food is not great, but the drinks are perfect and the mariachi better. So come here ready to spend the afternoon and enjoy the show!

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

It is a noisy. fun place to grab a margarita or any other drink (but you are in Jalisco) and a quick meal. The food was not gourmet, but certainly adequate. The service was good and the mariachi music was great to listen to. Not recommended for an intimate dinner but a great place to have fun.

Thank Ron M
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