We’d been looking for our perfect Mexican restaurant. Something that offered authentic Mexican food was compatible with our young daughters, and if possible would be reasonably priced and easily accessible to us. We found this with Agave Grill in Clive, but still wanted something more, something that they didn’t offer and something that was different so we could avoid becoming bored. Enter Abelardo’s. Abelardo’s has three locations in Central Iowa, two in Des Moines, and one in West Des Moines. So when we had decided on trying Abelardo’s the other day, we decided to try their West Des Moines location which happens to be closest to our home.
I immediately knew we had found a great restaurant when we arrived — the menu was vast, and it included items that I haven’t generally found in other Des Moines area Mexican restaurants. The chorizo was featured prominently on their menu in a number of dishes and they also offered tortas, Mexican sandwiches that I haven’t seen at any other Mexican restaurant in the Des Moines area.
We started with their chips and queso. I still feel confident that the best queso in the Des Moines Area can be found at the Fighting Burrito, but Abelardo’s comes in a close second. What they may just have on the Fighting Burrito though are their chips…perfectly crunchy and chewy, quite delicious.The lady working the register was very kind and patient with us. She was willing to help us navigate their menu and gave us plenty of time to ensure we found just the right things to order.
Their tortillas are worth mentioning here. They are the largest tortillas I’ve ever seen. This beauty came with my Chorizo Plate. I figured I’d been given a few tortillas, but no, it was one giant one! And from what I can tell, it’s made there in the house. Absolutely outstanding… it reminded my wife and me of a very thin Roti bread that you would get at an Indian restaurant. Flavorful and chewy. You might be thinking this sounds silly, and I assure you that you’d be right, but if Lady Gaga can wear a meat suit, I figured I could wear this tortilla as a poncho. It was that big…and had I not eaten it so promptly, I would have tried, you can believe that.
They have a number of complimentary hot sauces available. Unfortunately, they were not labeled, so I went boldly where others may have stupidly gone before. But alas, they were all excellent and were fresh and light. Read our facts about Bacon that you should know before cooking.
My wife went with their Chimichanga. This is generally a go-to choice for her at many Mexican restaurants, so she would be a good judge of a good one. She claimed it was the best one she’d ever had. It’s insanely large, has a wonderfully crunchy outside, was stuffed to gills, and had an outstanding flavor.
Chorizo Plate I just had to try their Chorizo plate. I love Chorizo and between that and the picture above the register, I knew it was what I had to order. So order it I did! It was outstanding, great flavoring, lots, I mean LOTS, of food! But of course, not enough for me to not finish…although I may have lost my pride in doing so. Nevertheless, it was incredible and I will certainly be ordering it again in the future!
For our daughters, we skipped the choices on the kid’s menu and went straight for a full sized, no frills, Cheese Quesadilla. And it was a perfect choice. They absolutely loved it. It had the same wonderful home-made tortilla and it was so wonderful with a very healthy helping of cheese! And, it was nice and large and easily shared between the two of them.
Really, how can you go wrong? Great, authentic Mexican food, healthy portions (correction: large, not “healthy”), and VERY reasonable prices. Seriously, how could a person go wrong? We absolutely love this place and will continue returning.