Over the past 20+ years I have been addicted to many places in Lubbock. You know how that goes. You find one restaurant or store that you visit probably a little too often. For a while there I would go to Chick-Fil-A a few times a week, Pure Water Ice and Tea Co. for multiple days in a row, and most recently I visit Walgreens a couple times a week to visit the “Last Chance” section. Well, I am happy to say I have a new addiction and am so excited to share this reasonably new place in the LBK.
Many of you have been to Abuelo’s on 82nd and Quaker, but did you know there is now what I call, a “mini Abuelo’s”? You may have heard of Abuelo’s Taqueria by now. It has been open for close to year and I have only just discovered it in the last few months. I am not a food critic by any means, but I know good food when I taste it. So, here is why YOU will like this place as much as we do.
Why We Like It:
- “Fancy” Mexican food taste without the “fancy” prices. The most expensive item on the menu is $8.99.
- The Food: It is fresh and so delicious. I get the cheese quesadilla and it is perfectly grilled with a good amount of white gooey cheese. Most of the dishes will come with a rice/bean combination. I was unsure about this rice thing at first but now I eat the whole bowl. A dollop of guacamole and sour cream also accompany your dish. There are over 10 soft/hard tacos and you can combine them in any way you want. Not a taco fan, there are mix and match bowls and wraps. Vegetarians, you are in luck. There are 7 different vegetarian dishes! Side dishes: chips, queso, the famous fire roasted corn (jack cheese, green chiles, yum!), soups, nachos, and more. Some other favorites are the firecracker shrimp tacos, chicken club taco, and taco salad. I would dare say it is better than Abuelo’s. Check out the menu here.
- Salsa Bar: The salsa bar gets its own bullet point because it is just that awesome. I used to love going to Abuelo’s just for the different salsas you get, but now I can go to Abuelo’s Taqueria for less money. The salsa bar offers three main salsas. Salsa Infierno, Tropical Tomatillo Salsa, and Salsa Roja. I like to pour the Salsa Infierno into my bean/rice bowl to give it a spicy kick. At the salsa bar you can also find limes and pico.
- Drinks: $4.50 margarita. Yes, it is tasty and STRONG.
- The atmosphere is very casual. A lot of tables and booths with a few TVs.
- They have take out! Just order online. It is so easy and quick.
- Everything is self-serve, so you order in line, sit down and then get buzzed when your order is ready. You also get your own drink and salsa refills. Don’t have to pay a tip, yay!
Abuelo’s Taqueria is located at 4410 19th Street right across from the new market street. Side note: that area is really growing, so be looking for some new openings! They are open 11am-9pm everyday. Also, on Tuesday’s 3pm-close show your medical ID and receive free chips and queso. Abuelo’s Taqueria does a lot of giveaways on their Facebook page so make sure to follow them.
**Credit pics to Abuelo’s Taqueria. Our pictures did not do it justice**
Abuelo’s Taqueria is also featured on our Top 5 Taco Spots in the LBK.