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Friday Foodie: Abuelo’s

I’ve been to enough restaurants now that I’m used to being disappointed. I get excited when managers reach out and invite me to their restaurants, only to feel let down by an uninspired menu and lackluster service. Maybe I’m becoming a picky eater, but I now feel I have to visit five new restaurants before I find one worth re-visiting. Why am I telling you all this? Because I checked out Abuelo’s last week and it SURPASSED my expectations. What? What? How did this happen?? Well, let me tell you…

Abuelo’s reached out to me and invited Husband and me to check out their special Valentine’s menu options. I knew Abuelo’s was a Tex-Mex chain restaurant with two locations in the Indianapolis area (Traders Point and Carmel), but that was about it. I didn’t really know what to expect, but then I was welcomed by Steve, the friendliest general manager I have ever met, and Austin, our very dedicated server. They walked us through the history of the restaurant and shared the recently updated menu, featuring fresh, house-made salsa, sauces, and tortillas.

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Indianapolis

We started our meal out right with fresh fried chips, three salsas, queso, and limited-edition strawberry platinum Corazon margaritas. For our entree, Husband and I tried the “Fajitas for Two” with our choice of meats (steak, chicken, or shrimp), tortillas (corn or flour), and two sides (we went with the Papas Con Chile, a creamy blend of whipped red potatoes, red and green peppers, four cheeses and sour cream, and Espinaca Casserole, a unique blend of spinach, sautéed with seasoned mushrooms, onions, garlic, peppers and cheeses). I love that you get to choose your own sides! It seems most Tex-Mex restaurants just pass out rice and beans with no option to switch things up. Husband and I kept chowing down on everything because it was SO good.

Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Indianapolis

For dessert, we were able to try both their traditional Flan (from a recipe passed down through generations) and Sopapillas. Both options will be available during Abuelo’s Valentine’s special, which includes the Fajitas for Two and dessert for a special price from 2/8 to 2/14. Our entire meal from start to finish was delicious, complete with excellent service and a fun, colorful atmosphere. I left feeling so full and happy and already planning my next visit. No joke, I went to Abuelo’s last week because they invited me and I liked it so much that I’m going back tonight just for fun because I’ve been craving more chips and salsa. Check out their Valentine’s fajitas special or just check them out because you will LOVE IT!

Flan, Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, Indianapolis

5910 W. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46278

14480 Lowes Way
Carmel, IN 46033

Sunday-Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am to 10:00 pm

Lindsay Sig

This post was created in partnership with Abuelo’s. All opinions are my own.

11 comments on “Friday Foodie: Abuelo’s

  1. After last week’s disappointment of food and service at the Spanish tapas and cider house, Abuela’s must have been a breath of fresh air! The feature of choosing your own sides is such a great idea, although a simple beans and rice will always make me happy. I’ve not had the pleasure of sampling Espinaca Casserole, but the combination of ingredients caters to what I like in Tex-Mex, so I wil have to give it a try!


    • I love how you remembered my bad experience from last time. What good food have you been eating lately?


      • Recent good food, hm… Vegetable dumplings! I made some earlier this week in preparation for Chinese New Year on the 16th, this coming Friday. I plan to publish post on them tomorrow, on Chinese New Year’s Eve, if you’d like to take a look.

        Pesto, too. Oh, how I love pesto. It is a heavenly, savory, chunky delight. We tossed it with some pasta and, for lunch the next day, I spread it on toast. As with all foods, homemade beats most alternatives, but a good store-bought brand is Trader Joe’s Pesto Alla Genovese.

        Was the second visit on Friday night as satisfying as the first?


  2. I love this post and how easily you can transition between food posts and other lifestyle posts. Therefore, I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! You can read more about it in my most recent post at


  3. I ADORE Tex-mex and your pictures look divine! ❤


  4. What a great none stuff way to celebrate Valentines Day 🙂


  5. Those Papas Con Chile sound sooo good!


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