An Outsider’s Guide to Memphis Restaurants: Abuelo’s

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How I came to find Abuelo’s:  We got a coupon book when we subscribed to the local newspaper, and it had a coupon for Abuelo’s.  We had seen it a couple of times going to and from Wolfchase Mall, so we decided one day to go. 

First impression:  We were promptly seated, even though it was a busy Saturday night.  However, once we sat down (near the bar), our service started to slow considerably.  The menu looked like a standard Mexican restaurant, with a few twists.  I ordered the stuffed chicken medallions and tortilla soup, while my wife had the chicken fajita chimichanga. 

Food:  The food had the distinction of sounding other-worldly, while actually being uninspired.  My chicken medallions, which looked great on the menu, looked as if it were some sort of pre-packaged hors d’oeuvres, and my wife did not find her dinner much better.  We had ordered our margaritas well in advance, but they took a while to come (while our waitress was hitting on a couple of guys at the bar and completely ignoring us), and did not seem to have any tequila in them.

Bottom line:  I’m sure that other people have had a great time at Abuelo’s, but for the pretense, I expect a better dining experience.  The food here was not even as good as Chapultepec (see my previous post about Chapultepec in Germantown), and we had to drive further & be herded like cattle to eat here.  For my money (and less of it), we’ll be going to Chapultepec over Abuelo’s in the future.


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