The exterior of Oscar's was okay and the inside had the expected bright colors but was missing the dark woods. The menu was fairly typical and had a decent variety of Mexican dishes. I opted for my usual, Cheese Enchiladas, which was kinda average.
Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it.
It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they call your number. It's very casual and I'm sure you'll love the food!
Favorite Dish: The highlight is the sandwiches. They make it with thick sourdough bread and very thinly sliced meat. Then they sprinkle cheese (the best is a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella) on one piece of bread and run it through an oven conveyor belt. Therefore the sandwich is warm and very tasty. The Original is their signature sandwich and comes with: “Home of The Original® Sandwich. Lean smoked ham, Genoa and cotto salamis, and melted cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses layered with black olives, red onion, lettuce, tomato, mustard and our signature dressing on toasted Sourdough bread.” (From the website.)
Their sandwiches are quite large. I’ve never ordered a large, the mediums are quite enough when you’re at your hungriest.
Their original chips are delicious! Their pizzas are as well. The cheese and pizza is definitely worth trying, also cooked on a sourdough. The bbq chicken looks just as good but it’s hard not to get my favorite sandwich, the turkey and cheese.
The AAA Guide proclaimed, "Inside and out, the decor of the popular Mexican restaurant is inviting." They gave it two diamonds. I thought that was a pretty decent recommendation, so off I went. Unfortunately, the guide failed to mention that the restaurant is located inside the Mall of Abilene, so finding it turned out to be a bit of a trick, and once I got there, I would not have used the adjective "inviting" about what I found.
It's true that you can dine either in the restaurant itself, or on "sidewalk" tables abutting the mall corridors. Maybe that's a nice option in the middle of winter when you're stir-crazy and want to see human beings in action, but on a brutally hot day when even the Mall's A/C seemed to be having difficulty coping with the influx of bodies seeking respite, I opted for the indoor table.
In fairness, the service was prompt and courteous and my meal wasn't particularly expensive, although it was more expensive than I'd expect from most Mexican places.
Open 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM daily, except closing at 6:00 PM on Sundays.
Sorry, I didn't remember to bring my camera!
Favorite Dish: I had a beer to accompany my "sampler platter" of restaurant faves. Some of these were unidentifiable (which is to say, I'd never had them before and couldn't deduce what they were from the menu description) but all of them were edible and some were really excellent.
The Towne Crier has a medieval theme to it but the food is good quality and plentiful. You go through a cafeteria-style line to order your entree (choose from chicken fried steak, shrimp, fish, chopped sirloin, meatloaf, a variety of steaks, and other dishes) and then you are directed to the well-stocked all-you-can eat salad bar. Whatever you order for your entree, you won't be sorry you came.
Favorite Dish: Chicken fried steak
We have been to this restaurant twice on our road trips, and each time the service has been horrible. However, the food is terrific!
Their steak is advertised as being the best in Abilene, and I believe it. I can pretty much guarantee that everything on their menu is mouth watering, from their starters to their desserts.
If you don't mind having a wait staff that seems to be lifeless and have to be asked for everything from a napkin to silverware, even the bread that comes with your meal, make sure to stop by this restaurant to fill your tummy up with terrific down home cooked Texan meals.
Favorite Dish: Abilenian
Chicken Fried Steak
ite you can get burritos for 89 cents or so, thats pretty good, sometimes if the cashier likes you she will give you a free soft taco, this has never happened to me but its what i hear!!
Favorite Dish: nachos bell grande is pretty good, but a lil pricey! over 2 dollars i believe, to play it safe stick with the soft tacos and burritos
Great steaks, great decor, and friendly waitstaff make Sharon Allen's restaurant a great experience. Like Joe Allen's it definitely has that Texas feel to it. The steaks are cooked to perfection and you'll be lucky if you still have room for dessert.
Like Harold's BBQ, Joe Allen's is another institution in Abilene. However the BBQ isn't the star here...it's the steaks. Order your steak and sides, get a beer (it'd better be Lone Star or Shiner Bock) from the ice tub where it's been cooling. The food is cooked to perfection and plentiful.
When you're in Joe Allen's you really feel like you're in Texas.
Favorite Dish: Ribeye
Harold's is an institution in Abilene and has a fan base that stretches to all corners of the earth. Anyone who eats at Harold's doesn't forget because the food is some of the best BBQ you'll ever have. Seriously. I mean, a lot of places claim to be the best and has their fans. But bottom line is if you are in Abilene, and you like BBQ, you gotta go to Harold's.
If you get there during the lunch rush you'll likely be standing in a line that streches out the door of this small eatery. Get there early though as their hours are only 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Favorite Dish: BBQ anything (it's all in the sauce) although I like the brisket; hot water corn bread; cobbler
El Fenix (locally owned - not the chain you find elswhere) is one of our best kept secrets. They serve a more authentic style of Mexican food at a pleasantly low price and with excellent (bilingual) wait staff.
Don't expect anything "fancy" in terms of ambience. Do expect good food.
Beware - closed on Mondays.
El Fenix is in Burro Alley which is a small courtyard with a few funky little shops you can browse through to work off your meal.
On the weekend evenings there are sometimes Mariachi singers - so you can enjoy music with your meal.
Favorite Dish: The Robert's Special
Maragaritas (my husband insists they are the best in town).
You can't imagine how great a steak can be until you have tasted one cooked by owner Ali Esfandiary. The candlelit tables with linens & fresh flowers are a juxtaposition to the Old West facade and decor. The quality and presentation of the food makes this a MUST for any visitor to the area that has a taste bud in his head and a dollar in his pocket. Their mainstay is Mesquite grilled steaks, fish, and chicken. Thursday nights are All You Can Eat Shrimp nights, offering boiled and fried shrimp. Expect a long wait behind loads of out-of-towners, some parking helipcopters in the park across the street and others arriving in packed Suburbans.
Favorite Dish: My personal favorite is an off the menu item. I love the way Ali prepares a peppered filet with spicy peppercorn and garlic. This steak is two inches thick and you can cut it with your fork. Never ask for steak sauce. You will never need to add to anything prepared at this restaurant. (Well, o.k., you may want ketchup if you order fries.) The Special of the Day is always wonderful. Shrimp Night means a packed house. If you have room for dessert, order a slice of Auddrena Smith's homebaked pies. Better than your Grandma ever made. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Perini Ranch Steakhouse - This is a must for anyone visiting the Abilene Area. It is actually located in Buffalo Gap Texas, which is about 12 mi. Southwest of Abilene.
The atmosphere - it's as if you were a guest at a genuine Texas cattle ranch house. Very 'down-home'. Jeans and Tees are perfect.
Favorite Dish: New York Strip Steak - Medium Rare. It is absolute melt in your mouth.