For its part in doling out authentic Mexican food, Abelardo's has collected its fair share of accolades?including an award for Best Burrito from readers of Omaha magazine in 2014. Across multiple locations in Nebraska and Iowa, Abelardo's enlivens mealtime with those award-winning burritos, as well as tacos, quesadillas, and Mexican sandwiches stacked with diced steak, shredded pork, and chorizo.
But Abelardo's also excels at the intangibles. It serves hefty portions in a swift fashion, and its drive-thru remains open around the clock, making it the ideal stop for diners with late-night cravings and storks who get hungry while delivering babies around town.
El Alamo is definitely north of the border, but try convincing yourself of that while you're digging into a burrito filled with spicy Mexican sausage or a plate of enchiladas smothered in cheese and ranchero sauce. All of the bases are covered here, from fajitas that mix strips of lean beef tenderloin with onions and peppers to the classic huevos rancheros, which features eggs in little cowboy hats.
The recently opened Chef Delights Mexican Cuisine treats palates to a menu of authentic dishes from south of the border. Ring the meal’s opening bell by dipping chips into guacamole ($6.99) or pico de gallo ($5.99). Rice and beans escort entrees in combinations such as two homemade tamales with poblano peppers and cheese ($8.75), and scallops sautéed in butter, lemon juice, and a shot of tequila ($12.99) combine seafood and spirits better than a séance conducted by mermen. Youngsters tip tiny sombreros in the direction of the kids' menu to nosh on a classic quesadilla ($3.95) or corn dog ($3.90). Saunter up to the full bar and sling a bevy of beers or margaritas against a backdrop of the motorcycle wall hanging used to chase off tumbleweeds under the age of 21.
Salgado's menu brims with a bounty of bites to appease appetites on both sides of the border, with plenteous à la carte options to mix and match Mexican and American eats. A plate of camarones diablos ($11.99) finds bands of shrimp turning cartwheels through lagoons of peppery hot sauce, veggies, and rice and beans, whereas American tacos ($1.99) bundle a choice of meat, lettuce, cheese, and tomatoes into a floury shell that can be easily eaten with one hand while the other exercises its right to keep and bear fresh guacamole ($4.99). Picky palates can pick and choose from a number of combination platters ($8.99–$9.99), which harmoniously merge complementary items such as enchiladas, burritos, and tamales. Or, build your own meal by opting to combine several smaller servings of fresh, sandwich-like sopes ($3.99), authentic tacos ($2.29) served with fresh cilantro on corn tortillas, and a shrimp cocktail ($9.99) tossed with spicy jalapeños, smooth avocado, and tomato juice fresh from the tap.
At Baja Fresh, spice-yearning patrons can swing by to sample comforting casual fare without the hassle of building a catapult powerful enough to reach Mexico. Grab a burrito or taco served inside the stuffed blanket of a tortilla, or get a bowlful of delectable insides with the shell-less version—or a combination of both. The meats that make up each meal are never frozen and are all natural and hormone free. Optional ingredients to lay the groundwork for handheld feasts include fire-grilled or charbroiled chicken and steak, slow-roasted pork carnitas, beans and cheese, and specialty seafood options; a vegetarian-friendly version includes peppers, chilies, and onions layered with freshly simmered beans, cheese, and pico de gallo.