Selena’s “Dreaming of You” blared from a jukebox as we walked into Taqueria Abasolo in Northside. Framed photos of Tejano superstars, dusty mariachi hats, and old knick-knacks dotted the dark wood paneling of the dining area. We sat in front of the jukebox.
As we waited for our orders (which arrived one at a time), we snacked on chips and delicious red and green salsa. Both were good, but it was the roasted tomato flavor and slight spicy kick of the red that prompted us to ask for another bowl (and another basket of chips – hey, it was a long day!).
Of all the food we ordered, the molcajete abasolo, pictured above, was the star – it was phenomenal. A large, steaming, piping-hot molcajete (stone bowl) sat atop a wooden plate. Chicken, beef fajita, and cactus were smothered in a red salsa made from ancho and cascabel chiles. There was no scrimping on meat, and there were plenty veggies. We dipped thick slices of queso fresco into the red, boiling salsa, then spread them onto freshly made corn and flour tortillas along with the contents of the molcajete. This meal was huge and able to satisfy three hungry people, making up for a couple of lackluster plates we’d tasted (a subpar gordita de nopal and a soggy chile relleno).
A word to the bilingual-challenged (me included): our waitress didn’t speak any English but was very patient. My boyfriend and his mom were able to chat up the manager, who said she’d recently bought the restaurant but had decided to keep the name. She wasn't sure where Abasolo is located--maybe the Mexican state of Chihuahua? When I searched it, the states of Coahuila and Guanajuato both had a city with the same name. Wherever the restaurant's name refers to, the molcajete abasolo is definitely worthy of a second visit.
Altogether, with two gorditas and two tacos de lengua, our total was $30.97.
1109 Hogan St