Abuelo’s sits below the Keystone interchange in Carmel, Indiana. When you come into the Lowe’s plaza, there’s a sign that reads “Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy.” On Friday night, my husband somehow misread it as Classy Mexican Food.
And then we decided that was just as accurate. Abuelo’s Mexican restaurant is exactly the sort of upscale food you expect from Carmel dining. We had already eaten dinner but were looking for a quick, getaway without kids. At last week’s Grand Park kickoff, we received a soccer ball good for free queso at every Abuelo’s visit, so we decided appetizers and drinks would give us a chance to catchup, even without a full date night.
I ordered my usual Mexican restaurant favorites — queso, salsa, chicken nachos, and a margarita. But this was not your typical Mexican food.
The salsa trio included mild, medium, and host roasted salsa, including a green salsa with pineapple. Our server brought this to the table as soon as we set down, at no charge. We added queso (free with our Grand Park soccer ball) and chicken nachos to round out our second dinner.
I also ordered their signature Silver Margarita, though I was a little concerned with the $7.99 price tag. And then a margarita as big as my head arrived, and I knew it would be well worth it. It’s made with St. Germain liqueur as well as tequila so it packs a bit of a punch with a hint of elderflower. There’s also plenty of fresh fruit floating in the cocktail, and I’m not sure there’s anything I love more than liquor-soaked fruit.
It was the perfect compliment to our quiet evening out. Abuelo’s ended up being a good choice for a quick, lowkey dinner — and it was right around $20 for the appetizer and drink. That’s a date night keeper, for sure.