Abel's Mexican Restaurant in Verdi (Reno area)
I remembered having read a positive review of this place here, and since we were in the area and hungry at lunchtime we decided to stop by....I just wanted to say that the food is great, service better, and a locally-owned place like this deserves chowhound's business. It's right off 80 (first Verdi exit coming from Reno), and would be a great place to stop if you're headed to/from Truckee or beyond (although actually, its really only a 10 or 15 minute drive from downtown Reno).
The owner (Abel), came over to greet us after we were seated, and DH immediately recognized him as having been a server at El Adobe Café (and he remembered us from our many visits there). We chatted briefly; he opened his place about 20 months ago. There is a sports bar on one side and the restaurant on the other, and apparently there is live music frequently in the evenings as well as other special events.
It was cool, and we'd been walking outside, so soup seemed appropriate.
The waitress told me that the albondigas are wonderful, but alas they weren't ready yet today (a broken sprinkler system pipe had delayed opening this am; apparently they were just done mopping up when we arrived). So I settled for the pozole. A HUGE bowl for around 8 or 9 bucks, with all the accroutements (cabbage, cilantro, onion, dried oregano, dried red chilis, etc). DH had a chili relleno plate; I like that there is a choice of black, whole pintos, or refritos. everything was very tasty. We washed it down with a couple of excellent margaritas.
Abel did hint that he wished that they were a little busier, and it wasn't all that busy for a Sunday lunch, especially given the date. So I say check it out...we will keep it on the list as a favorite place to stop for dinner as we head back into town from California....
Here's mine from a few months ago:
We still think it's great! And also worry that there never seem to be many people there, at lunch anyway. You did a good job of pointing out that it's really closer to Reno than a lot of Reno places :) And Abel IS super, isn't he? Having lived in SF for many years and being regular Mexican diners, we also think this is as good as it gets. I also highly recommend.