Friday, June 17, 2011

Drunkards rejoice! 24 hour Mexican food comes to Ingersoll.

UPDATED Thursday, December 14, 2011

Abelardo's gaucamole, left; and pico de gallo.

To start off, guacamole is not Abelardo’s forte. The well-mashed avocado has the consistency of baby food, with no other discernible ingredients except for salt. A little too much for my palate, however my dinner guest found the seasoning just right. The pico de gallo has much more appeal, both in texture and flavor. Its a decent side for any dish.

I did score with Abelardo’s chile relleno burrito. The burrito sports a plethora of ingredients – beans, rice, onions, tomato, cilantro, just to name what I can spot in the photo below. And from what I came across while noshing: two queso-filled Anaheim chiles. If you don’t make a clean bite, you’ll find yourself yanking one of these cheesy gems out intact. A fun burrito with lots of flavor. I have to give Abelardo’s props for offering, quite likely, the best vegetarian burrito you can find late at night in these parts. If only Bandit Burrito’s skillet-browned soyrizo could be had after the ten o’clock news starts [see blog post].

Abelardo’s also makes a satisfying chorizo and egg burrito. The chorizo is subtly seasoned, perhaps of cinnamon and allspice. Finely blended with scrambled egg, it makes for a dense burrito. One of these bad boys will either jump start you, or put you down.

Besides a variety of burritos, Abelardo’s offers tortas, enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas, nachos and breakfast plates. The all-day breakfast items gives me hope for something other than Perkins or IHOP in the wee hours.

Big, big burritos.
Chile relleno burritos: A vegetarian's delight

The Arizona burrito, with steak and potatoes. Sides of salsa roja and pico de gallo.
Chorizo and egg burrito. Savory, but not picante. A solid breakfast.

Abelardo's ground beef burrito with cheese is a superior product to the meat paste served at larger chain joints like Taco Bell or Taco John's. The flavor though seems all too familiar, like that from a taco spice packet. Still, it's probably how your mother made taco filling. Very simple, basic comfort food. Your kids should go nuts for it.

The hash brown burrito with eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, cheese constitutes a complete breakfast and then some, substituting tortilla for toast, and throwing in not one, but two classic breakfast meats. Finicky children should also enjoy this as well.

Ground beef burrito with cheese.
Hash brown burrito.

UPDATE: Abelardo's has since added locations in Valley Junction, West Glen, and soon on Douglas in northwest Des Moines.

Abelardo's on Urbanspoon Photos from the Picasa Web Album: Reviewed Foods

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