LUBBOCK, Texas – Lubbock-based Food Concepts International, parent company of Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurants, is opening its brand new, fast casual concept, Abuelo’s Taqueria, at 19th and Quaker on Monday, November 12. Abuelo’s has chosen Lubbock as the testing ground for this new fast casual concept that is unlike full service Abuelo’s restaurants in that is offers a completely different menu, fast casual format and a more contemporary and casual interior décor.
"We are delighted to introduce this exciting new concept to our hometown, Lubbock," said James Young, FCI Chairman and CEO of Abuelo’s. "Abuelo’s Taqueria will provide a convenient way for our guests to enjoy incredible new tastes from Abuelo's. It's ideal for both lunch and dinner for everyone who loves great flavor, but is short on time – from families, busy professionals and college students. The menu and format are also ideal for guests wanting their food to go."
Abuelo's Taqueria will include many exciting new menu additions that blend traditional Mexican tastes with unique, continental flavors. It will offer a variety of taco plates with handmade flour or corn tortillas, fresh salads, wraps and bowls with flavorful, handmade sauces and salsa. Guests will be able to choose from 10 different fillings, including perfectly seasoned beef, chicken, pork, shrimp and fish. A sampling of menu items, all created by Abuelo's Executive Chef Luis Sanchez, includes:
Taco Plates (guests can mix and match two or more tacos; served with beans or rice):
- Texas Cheeseburger Tacos – seasoned ground chuck wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla with romaine lettuce, sliced tomato and Jack cheese, kicked up with roasted tomato and jalapeño salsa.
- Chef Luis’ Brisket Tacos – slow roasted brisket with sliced tomato, grilled onions and peppers, Jack cheese and habanero salsa, wrapped in a fresh corn tortilla.
- Firecracker Shrimp Tacos – plump shrimp flash fried and coated in a spicy sriacha aioli and served in a fresh flour tortilla with shredded Napa cabbage, shredded carrot, cilantro, mango relish and Thai peanut dressing.
- Smoked Salmon Tacos – chilled, house smoked salmon with shredded Napa cabbage, fresh pickled cucumbers, shredded carrot, mango relish, capers, jicama and agave lime dressing wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla.
- Grilled Sirloin Salad – grilled sirloin with mixed greens, purple onions, grape tomatoes, cucumber, roasted corn, smoked bacon, asparagus, sugar snap peas, roasted pecans and fresh blue cheese crumble dressing.
- Fresca Chicken Salad – Tender grilled shaved chicken with mixed greens, shredded Napa cabbage, grape tomatoes, diced cucumber, jicama sticks, Jack cheese, fresh fruit and berries, mango relish, roasted pecans and chipotle honey mustard dressing.
Wraps and Bowls (guests can choose a protein with choice of white or whole wheat tortilla wrap or served in a bowl without a tortilla):
- The Southwest – choice of ground chuck, roasted or grilled chicken, grilled sirloin, brisket or carnitas served with grilled onions and peppers, romaine lettuce, roasted corn pico de gallo, chile con queso, pinto beans, cilantro rice and Jack cheese with roasted tomato and jalapeño salsa.
- The Bangkok – choice of roasted or grilled chicken, firecracker shrimp, fried or grilled tilapia served with shredded Napa cabbage, romaine lettuce, purple onion, cucumber, shredded carrot, crispy wonton noodles, mango relish, cilantro rice and Thai peanut dressing.
The menu also features a variety of quesadillas, plus a number of vegetarian choices, starters and specialty side dishes. Ice cold beer and delicious margaritas will also be available.
“Our traditional Abuelo’s restaurants have earned a reputation for extraordinary Mexican specialties that raise the bar of Mexican food,” said Robert Lin, president of Food Concepts International. “Abuelo’s Taqueria offers us a way to further express our passion for food in a distinctive way, while at the same time giving our guests the superb quality they have come to expect from Abuelo’s.”
The restaurant atmosphere features a contemporary design with exposed wood beams, light wood trimming and brushed copper accents, as well as warm interior colors of rich red, gold and buttery yellow. Seating includes both tables and upholstered booths with individual, dropped pendulum LED lighting. Guests can make their dining selections from dynamic, digital menu boards featuring bright photos of various menu items. Additionally, the restaurant will offer to go ordering by phone and later, through online ordering, with pick up available at a separate Taqueria Take Out entrance.
Meals at Abuelo’s Taqueria are reasonably priced, with many of the restaurant’s two taco platters priced at less than $5. All major credit cards are accepted and Taqueria Take Out ordering is available by calling the restaurant at (806) 369-7833. The restaurant is open daily, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.abuelostaqueria.com or Abuelo’s Taqueria Facebook page at www.facebook.com/abuelostaqueria.
For more information contact:
Melanie Carroll, Food Concepts International
806-785-8686, ext. 149; 806-789-7695 (cell)
Since its first opening in 1989, Abuelo’s has consistently been on the leading edge of Mexican cuisine, combining menu creativity, outstanding food and beverage quality, colorful plate presentations and superior service in an impressive Mexican courtyard-themed atmosphere. Owned and operated by Food Concepts International of Lubbock, Texas, Abuelo’s has received national accolades as the top-ranked Mexican food restaurant and as one of America’s top overall restaurant chains in three consecutive biennial surveys by a leading national consumer rating magazine. The company currently has 41 restaurants located in 15 states throughout the United States. The company’s newest concept, Abuelo’s Urban Taqueria, is scheduled to open in Lubbock in November 2012. For more information, visit www.abuelos.com or Abuelo’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/abuelos.