After a week long vacation in Myrtle Beach we headed to Abuelo’s Mexican Food Embassy to celebrate our last night on vacation. We went on a Saturday night and despite having six people in our group we didn’t have to wait at all. Our waitress was super awesome and really made the whole night just right. To start out the night we decided to celebrate big so we got Abuelo’s dip sampler. It came with Queso Diablo – a rich, spicy combination of traditional Mexican cheese and chili, Chile con Queso and an Avocado Cream that was to die for!
I couldn’t decide what to get so I opted for three enchiladas (shredded beef, carnitas, chicken) so I could sample a variety of their meats and for the sides I went with the cilantro lime rice and papas con chili. The enchiladas were all prepared beautifully and taste great. The best of the three was easily the shredded beef… which isn’t easy for me to admit because I LOVE CARNITAS! The Papas con Chili is considered Abuelo’s signature side dish and it is by far the best! It combines red potatoes, four cheeses, red and green peppers, sour cream, garlic and jalapeño. I could have eaten a whole plate and left with a smile on my face :) The Cilantro Lime Rice is described on the menu as “slightly tangy, light rice with a touch of cilantro” I think they forgot to add just a touch of cilantro because I didn’t like it at all. The flavor was way too over-powering and I would suggest they use the cilantro lime rice recipe from Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Our table also got the Nogales which are large flour tortilla enchiladas, one with shredded beef and ranchera sauce, and one with chicken and sour cream sauce both topped with lettuce and tomatoes. They were just as good as my enchiladas, which is to be expected since they were practically the same thing but with flour tortillas. A couple people in our group went with the rib-eye steak & enchiladas combo plate and they definitely scored. The plate was a 10 oz. hand-cut ribeye steak, wood grilled and then served with two enchiladas and a side. The steak was quite literally one of the best I had ever eaten and left me with plate envy. .
If you’re ever in Myrtle Beach and have a craving for the best Mexican food in the area…. head over to Abuelos and eat a plate of papas con chili with a side of avocado cream, you’ll be in heaven in no time!