COST:  $$$ SERVICE*** FOOD**** ATMOSPHERE**** STYLE:  Casual/Business Casual BASE:  National Chain Restaurant HOURS:  Sunday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Happy Hours: Daily from 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. RATING****                          HEALTH INSPECTION RATING98  (04/08/2015) Official ONLINE ORDERING NOT AVAILABLE CURBSIDE SERVICE NOT AVAILABLE RESERVATIONS ACCEPTED
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Search Knoxville Dining at a Glance COMMENTS ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT CAN BE POSTED HERE. Menu and Prices are Subject to Change Lunch, Catering, Kids and Gluten Free Menus Available Full Bar:  Beer, Wine & Spirits Available This page last updated 01/16/2016 Appetizers & Dips Chile Con Queso A Mexican-style cheese dip – creamy and delicious. 6.89 Guacamole Perfectly seasoned guacamole made with fresh avocados. 6.89 Nachos Grande Fresh tortilla chips topped with cheese, seasoned ground beef, chicken or refried beans, in any combination.  Served with sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo and jalapeño.  Substitute steak* or chicken fajita for 1.30 10.69 / 8.69 Seared Tuna Sashimi grade Yellowfin tuna* seared and served with fresh greens, mango relish, avocado, spicy mustard and honey lime dressing. 8.99 Green Chile Quesadilla Grilled flour tortillas stuffed with roasted red and green chiles, mushrooms, sautéed onions and cheese. Served with sour cream, fresh guacamole and ranch dip.  Add sliced fajita chicken for 2.00 7.59 Mexican Shrimp Cocktail Plump shrimp served in our made-from scratch Mexican-style cocktail sauce.  Served over a layer of our avocado cream. 8.89 Layered Dip Chile con queso with layers of guacamole, refried beans, seasoned ground beef, sour cream and more. 7.89 Abuelo’s Dip Sampler Our Chile con Queso, Queso Diablo and Avocado Cream. 8.89 Salads & Soup Dressings:  • Honey Lime • Southwest Ranch • Fat-Free Vinaigrette • Honey Mustard Reynosa Salad Fresh lettuce mix generously topped with your choice of ground beef or shredded chicken, chile con queso, charro beans, tomatoes and fresh guacamole. 9.99 / 7.79 Fajita Salad Garden greens topped with your choice of fajita chicken, steak* or shrimp, with mixed cheeses and fresh guacamole. 12.29 Grilled Chicken Salad Shaved chicken, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, grape tomatoes, raisins, jicama, radishes and avocado slices, mixed with fresh garden greens. Served with honey mustard dressing. 12.29 / 9.49 Tortilla Soup Spicy blend of seasoned chicken and fresh vegetables, served over diced avocados and topped with cheese.  Served by the bowl, cup or cup with entree. 5.99 / 3.79 / 2.49 Sopa Del Dia Ask about our homemade soup of the day. Served by the bowl, cup or cup with entree. 5.99 / 3.79 / 2.49 Beef and Pork Specialties All selections are served with charro beans and Papas con Chile™ Pork Tenderloin Abrigada Three bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin medallions, smoked and grilled. Served with your choice of two enchiladas. 15.79 Pork Tenderloin with Honey Chile Glaze Grilled pork tenderloin basted in a sweet and spicy honey chile glaze. 15.29 Brocheta de Filete Fire-grilled, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin.  Available in a 9 oz. or 12 oz. cut. 21.99 / 24.99 Ribeye Steak & Enchiladas Choice 10 oz., hand-cut ribeye steak*, fire-grilled and served with two enchiladas of your choice. 19.99 Los Mejores de la Casa The best of the house! Fire-grilled, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin medallions* and bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeño and blended cheeses. 21.99 Chicken and Seafood Specialties All selections except Fideo con Pollo are served with charro beans and Mexican rice. Stuffed Chicken Medallions Chicken breast medallions stuffed with a blend of chorizo, Poblano peppers and cheese, and lightly fried. 15.49 / 11.99 Fideo con Pollo Lightly sautéed chicken breast and vegetables tossed in a cream sauce with Angel hair pasta. 13.99 Sauteed Chicken Zucchini Lightly sautéed chicken breast topped with a creamy blend of zucchini, roasted red peppers and corn. 14.99 / 11.99 Tilapia Veracruz Tilapia filets sautéed with shrimp, sea scallops, roasted Poblano strips and olives, in a spicy tomato-based sauce.  Garnished with a chile güero. 15.99 / 12.99 Enchiladas de Cozumel Delicate crepes filled with fresh guacamole, covered in a white wine sauce with seasoned shrimp, scallops, mushrooms, fresh spinach and roasted red and poblano peppers. 17.99 Alambre de Camaron Fire-grilled, bacon-wrapped shrimp stuffed with fresh jalapeño and blended cheeses. 18.99 Pescado Guerrero Fire-grilled Barramundi (Australian Seabass) topped with shrimp, sea scallops, mushrooms, spinach, roasted poblano peppers and sliced avocado, in a white wine sauce. 18.79 / 15.29 Fideo con Camaron Lightly sautéed shrimp and vegetables tossed in a cream sauce with Angel hair pasta. 13.99 Salmon Santa Cruz Fire-grilled Norwegian salmon topped with a lemon wine sauce. 16.99 Enchiladas Select your favorite combination of enchiladas and made-from-scratch sauces.  Loaded with authentic Mexican flavors, our enchiladas are hand-rolled, made fresh to order and served bubbling hot.  All served with refried beans and your choice of Papas con Chile™ or Mexican rice.  Add 2 eggs +1.99.  Two Choices or add $2 for three choices or add $3.50 for four choices. 9.69 Seasoned Ground Beef Chile con carne or fire-roasted queso. Shredded Beef Chile con queso, red chile sauce or ranchera sauce. Carnita (Shredded Pork) Red or green chile sauce. Avocado Cream sauce or ranchera sauce. Cheese Chile con carne, red or green chile sauce, with onions on request. Chicken Sour cream sauce, fire-roasted queso, green chile sauce or ranchera sauce. Spinach Cream sauce or ranchera sauce. (Contains mushrooms) Enchilada Sauces Chile con Carne A beefy red sauce. Sour Cream Sauce Silky sauce with roasted peppers. Ranchera Sauce Peppers and fresh veggies. Chile Con Carne Creamy blend of peppers and cheeses. Salsa de Crema Cream, roasted Poblanos and cheese. Green Chile Sauce New Mexico-style vegetarian sauce. Red Chile Sauce Roasted Red and Ancho chiles sauce. Fire Roasted Queso Roasted, spicy and blended with chile con queso. Burritos & Chimichangas Durango Burrito Shredded beef rolled in a flour tortilla topped with chile con queso. Served with fresh guacamole. 9.99 Grande Burrito Ground beef with chile con carne or shredded chicken with sour cream sauce, Mexican rice, cheese and refried beans, all wrapped in a flour tortilla. *Because this item is a meal in itself, it does not come with sides. 9.99 Bean & Cheese Burrito Refried beans and mixed cheeses rolled in a flour tortilla, topped with chile con queso. 7.99 Fajita Tacos Three fire-grilled fajita steak* or chicken soft tacos.  Add $1 for steak.  Half-portions available. 12.99 Fajita Chimichanga Fire-grilled fajita steak* or chicken with blended cheeses and Anaheim pepper, in a lightly fried flour tortilla. Topped with chile con queso or ranchera sauce, and served with sour cream and fresh guacamole.  For steak add $1. 12.99 Beef & Cheese Chimichanga Ground beef and mixed cheeses in a lightly fried flour tortilla. Topped with chile con carne and chile con queso. 10.99
 ***1/2 Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy Tapas and Small Bites Jalapeno Cheese Fritters Freshly made, hand-breaded fritters, oozing with melted cheese and jalapeño. Served with ranch dressing. 5.39 Mini Shrimp Cocktail Spicy Mexican shrimp cocktail, layered over refreshing avocado cream. Served with flour tortilla chips. 3.99 Chicken & Spinach Mini Chimis Two crispy chimichangas stuffed with a spicy chicken spinach filling. Served with honey lime ancho cilantro sauce. 5.49 Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fire-grilled, bacon-wrapped shrimp, stuffed with fresh jalapeño and blended cheeses. 7.29 Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms Fresh mushroom caps filled with Abuelo’s Espinaca. 3.99 Firecracker Shrimp Flash-fried shrimp tossed in a chile aioli, with spicy peanut dressing**, served with fresh mango relish. 7.69 Fabulous Fajitas Signature fire-grilled fajitas come with your choice of two signature sides. Served sizzling with traditional onions and peppers, plus unlimited homemade guacamole, sour cream, cheese and pico de gallo.  Our flour tortillas are handmade fresh on-site. Choose flour or corn tortillas or fresh romaine lettuce leaves for wrapping.  Each additional selection of Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp may be substituted for 3.49 more. Marinated Chicken 14.99 Marinated Steak 16.99 Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fire-grilled and stuffed with jalapeño and blended cheeses. 18.99 Yucatan Shrimp Plump, juicy shrimp sautéed in a Mexican-style barbecue sauce. 16.99 Vegetarian Garden fresh mixed vegetables served with cilantro lime rice. 12.79 Fajitas for One Choose any two flavors† 16.99 / 20.48† Choose any three flavors† 19.99 / 23.48 Fajitas for Two Choose any four flavors† 30.99 / 34.48† Includes unlimited condiments for two. Classic Chicken Fajitas Traditional fire-grilled chicken fajitas served sizzling with onions and peppers, plus charro beans, homemade guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheeses, pico de gallo and your choice of flour or corn tortillas. 13.59 Signature Sides Add an additional side to any entrée for just 2.49! Papas Con Chile™ Abuelo’s trademarked side! A creamy blend of whipped red potatoes, red and green peppers, four cheeses, sour cream and the perfect touch of garlic. Refried Beans Made from the finest frijoles pintos, bacon and seasonings. Espinaca Casserole Our unique blend of spinach, sautéed and seasoned mushrooms, onions, garlic, peppers and cheeses. Charro Beans Pinto beans, expertly seasoned with spices, bacon and pico de gallo. Mexican Rice Our fresh-made recipe features the perfect blend of tomatoes, chiles, carrots, corn, red and green peppers. Black Beans Earthy and delicious vegetarian black beans. Cilantro Lime Rice Delicious, slightly tangy, light rice with a touch of cilantro. Raja Con Queso New Mexico green chile grilled and topped with cheese and pico de gallo. Seasonal Vegetable Medley Steamed to perfection to seal in the freshness. Chef Luis Recommends Chef Luis’ favorite Mexican specialties and Tex Mex dishes that define Abuelo’s. Enjoy! Enchilada Platters Choose your favorite combinations and enjoy authentic, hand-rolled enchiladas made fresh-to-order and served bubbling hot. (see enchilada selections) 9.69 Laredo Beef enchilada, cheese enchilada and crispy beef taco. 11.69 Seafood Tacos Choose spicy Firecracker Shrimp or spicy Fried Tilapia with Napa cabbage, shaved carrot, cilantro and mango relish.  Served as soft tacos on flour tortillas.  Note: Firecracker shrimp tacos are served with Thai peanut dressing.  Served with two.  Add each additional for $1.00 11.69 Tilapia Veracruz Tilapia filets sautéed with shrimp, sea scallops, roasted Poblano strips and olives, in a spicy tomato based sauce.  Garnished with a chile güero. 15.99 / 12.99 Signature Chicken Fajitas Juicy, marinated chicken served sizzling with onions and peppers with your choice of TWO SIGNATURE SIDES and UNLIMITED TOPPINGS. Choose flour or corn tortillas, or romaine lettuce for wrapping. 14.99 Pork Tenderloin w/Honey Chile Glaze A grilled, rustic pork tenderloin basted in a sweet and spicy honey chile glaze. 15.79 Tex Mex Combinations All served with refried beans and your choice of Papas con Chile™ or Mexican rice. The Grande Three enchiladas—one beef, one cheese and one sour cream chicken—a cheese chile relleno, tamale, crispy beef taco and guacamole. 16.99 Enchiladas Itzel Two seasoned beef enchiladas, double sauced with chile con carne and chile con queso, or green chile sauce and chile con queso. 11.49 The Monterrey Sour cream chicken enchilada, avocado enchilada, spinach enchilada, chicken ranchera enchilada, cheese chile relleno, crispy chicken taco and guacamole. 16.99 Quesadilla Al Horno Steak topped with melted cheese. 12.79 / 10.79 Quesadilla Al Horno Chicken or spinach chicken or spinach, topped with melted cheese. 11.99 / 9.99 Matamoros Cheese chile relleno, sour cream chicken enchilada and beef enchilada. 12.99 Mi Abuelo’s Manjar Grandfather’s favorite meal features three stacked enchiladas layered with beef, cheese and chile con carne.  Topped with two eggs.* 12.99 Del Rio One beef enchilada, one tamale and a crispy beef taco. 11.69 Chile Rellenos Two chile rellenos—one with blended cheeses, one with shredded beef—topped with choice of ranchera sauce or chile con queso. 13.49 / 9.99 Laredo Beef enchilada, cheese enchilada and crispy beef taco. 11.69 Juarez Crispy beef taco, tamale, sour cream chicken enchilada and cheese enchilada. 13.99 Mexico City-Style Tacos All served as soft tacos on our fresh, handmade flour tortillas. Corn tortillas available on request. Carnitas Two Marinated pork with mixed cheeses, lettuce and tomatoes, with cilantro onion relish on the side.  Each additional taco add $1.00. 10.69 Shredded Beef Two spicy shredded beef and mixed cheeses. 10.69 Fried Tilapia Two lightly fried Tilapia tacos basted in sriracha aioli, with fresh mango relish and honey lime dressing. Each additional taco add $1.00. 11.69 Firecracker Shrimp Two spicy shrimp tacos with Napa cabbage, fresh mango relish and spicy peanut dressing. Each additional taco add $1.00 11.69 11299 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-966-0075       Visitors to Abuelo's will be pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere as the entrance opens to what is meant to be a courtyard beautifully anchored with large columns and tasteful artwork.  The ambiance can be comfortable but at times it may be rather loud.  While the dining room does not have the feel nor look of the other Mexican themed restaurants, it's menu reflects similiar differences.  You will find traditional Mexican fare with a whole new selection of offerings that cannot be found elsewhere in Knoxville.  You can order anything from ala carte items to some of the largest combination platters offered at any restaurant.  It does appear that most menu items arrive very hot to your table, so you may be blowing on the first few bites.  Chips and three versions of salsa are served with every meal and on our visit, the bowls were quickly refreshed with a new supply of chips.  The last two visits to the restaurant showed a light lunch crowd with mediocre service.  If you are here for the lunch hour, plan on being here longer.  On one visit, we actually had to chase the waitress around the restaurant to pay for our meal.  Despite the mediocre service, we never suffered a shortage of chips and salsa or drinks.  The food has been consistently served quickly and is piping hot.  Our worries lies with the management and wait staff--if customer service does not improve significantly Abuelo’s may soon disappear in Knoxville.  Despite the service, Abuelo’s is our second TOP pick for Mexican Restaurants in Knoxville.