Abuelo’s is one of the numerous chain restaurants around Valley View Mall and it's been there for a while. For some reason, I'd never tried it until a couple weeks ago - and now I've been twice in the past two weeks. I'm not typically a fan of "chain Mexican restaurants" because I think they are overpriced and don't have as much character as local Mexican places. I'd heard the same thing from many people about Abuelo’s, but I would strongly disagree.
The salad is one of the best side salads you can find at a restaurant. Instead of it being a sad combination of lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese, this salad includes unique items like jicama, radish, and pieces of red bell pepper. You can also use one of their delicious salsas instead of salad dressing – I recommend the green salsa with pineapple and tomatillo.
Some people will continue to say Abuelo’s is too expensive for Mexican food. I think it’s worth it to pay a little bit more when the quality is this good. My lunch fajitas cost $11.00, which is $3.00 more than the lunch fajitas at Alejandros. But with the great service and excellent food I’ve had at Abuelo’s, I’ll have no problem paying the difference.
4802 Valley View Boulevard NW, Roanoke, VA 24012