After flying into Guadalajara and meeting up with my family, we trekked over to Tlaquepaque for what my wife had said was a surprise for me! And a very good surprise it was! Since parking in Tlaquepaque is tough to find, it was a nice touch that they had their own parking. Walking into the restaurant is impressive. You are greeted by a beautiful and traditional great patio set between large trees with a live Mariachi band setting up to play. We started with a traditional "casuela", a ceramic cook pot full of fresh squeezed mixed citrus with choice of tequila on the side to be poured in and savored! My idea of a perfect drink after flying! The botanas (appetizers) included some truly grand guacamole and chicharrones (fried pork skins) that were the best I have ever tasted. The salsas were excellent. I was thinking just how I was going to make it to the main course after such a feast ahead of the feast. But the relaxed atmosphere and the unhurried pace of a serious lunch at El Abaneño stretched out the time so we could truly enjoy a magnificent meal. I had the enchiladas poblanas and they were spectacular. My wife had the costillas al tamarindo, ribs cooked in tamerind marinade, and I tested them and they were tender and savory. Our sons had pescado empanizado (fried fish) and sabanas rancheras (tenderloin ranch style). Seriously yummy, everything and service was impeccable and attentive. I cannot think of any part of the experience at El Abajeño that wasn't just right!
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