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Food Friday: Abel’s Mexican Restaurant


So on many Friday and Saturday nights the parking lot of Abel’s at NW 50th and MacArthur is packed.  Usually that’s a sign that the food is good, so one Saturday afternoon we decided to try it.  I have to admit, I walked away unimpressed.  So on a weeknight, I stopped again to see if my opinion would be different.  I was wrong.

They serve just standard fare Tex-Mex, tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, and burritos.  Nothing really fancy or creative.  I was seated quickly on both visits and brought the typical chips, salsa and queso.  The chips were nothing really special and the queso was way too runny for my liking.  Both times I ordered beef chimichangas with sour cream sauce with beans and rice on the side.  The beans and rice are ok.  The chimichanga just lacks flavor, the hamburger meat just has no spice at all.  The worst though is the sour cream sauce, very runny with no tang.

The service is good, just the food is lacking.  So I’m going to give them 2 strips of bacon.  I’ll go back but try something different.

Food Friday: Ichiban Sushi Bar and Poke

20200207_121853While down on SW 3rd Street, I saw a new sushi restaurant I wanted to try so a few days later I stopped in for lunch.  Ichiban Sushi Bar and Poke has only been in town a few months but is becoming a well known place for good sushi.  Located in a strip mall on the south side of SW 3rd street, it almost blends in with the other businesses but has a great atmosphere inside.

I stopped on a chilly Friday for lunch.  The restaurant is very clean with many Japanese decorations all around for a fresh look.  I was greeted immediately by a very pleasant young lady who also took my drink order.  I sat and reviewed the menu, I’m not familiar with poke yet so I just stuck to the sushi.  I did start with the Fried Calamari.  Served with a mango type sauce (and a beautiful purple orchid), this was delightful.  The calamari rings were larger than what I’ve had in the past and the panko breading was light, didn’t weigh the calamari down but the highlight was the mango sauce.  Just added a different dimension to something that I’ve had in dozens of restaurants before.

Next I was brought my sushi.  I went with a Spicy Scallop roll and a Cowboy Roll, a roll with tempura shrimp, cream cheese and avocado, topped with a crab stick.  Took down the spicy scallop roll first, not too spicy but just enough to clear the sinuses.  It was good but the cowboy roll was the star of the sushi.  There was enough shrimp and cream cheese that I didn’t notice the avocado.  Topped with the crab stick and spicy mayo, this quickly became one of my favorite rolls.

The food was excellent and the service was incredible, every lady who came to my table was friendly and ready to help.  I really enjoyed the experience and will be back.  5 strips of bacon.


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