What You'll Get
Passing things can be one of mankind’s most enjoyable experiences, be it blame, college entrance exams, or gimpy horses. Today’s deal gives you the joy of passing plates: for $15, you get $35 worth of Mediterranean tapas and drinks at Abuelo’s Tapas in Plano. The bistro is intimate, vibrant, and social—especially on Fridays and Saturdays—so you might want to plan accordingly.
The centerpiece of Abuelo’s menu is its paella ($13.50 per person; serves 2¬–4), Spain’s most iconic, ubiquitous, and hard-to-make-right rice dish. Abuelo’s makes its own version with basmati rice and serves it up either Valencia Clásica (saffron, a melody of seafood, beef sausage, chicken, and fresh vegetables) or Roja Caliente (spicy tomatoes, risotto rice, seafood, and fresh vegetables). Paella is naturally made for group dining, as are tapas plates of batata brava (spicy potatoes), carne con escalivada (tender beef with roasted eggplant, Italian squash, and fresh herbs), and Abuelo’s plato con queso (a variety of Mediterranean cheeses, grapes, strawberries, apples, walnuts, almonds, and olives). Abuelo’s also offers Lebanese mezes such as fried falafel, hummus, and dolmah yalangy (stuffed vine leaves with rice, herbs, tomatoes, and lemon). Tapas are $6.50 each, and you can get five tapas for two people for $19.50 per person.
Abuelo’s can pair your plate of lamb kebab ($14.75) and gambas catalana (baked shrimp, spinach, mushrooms, and artichokes in goat cheese, $14.50) with delicious drinks such as homemade tamarindo juice ($2.99), frozen mango juice ($3.50), and gourmet coffee ($2.50). Chase it with a little crème brûlée or allepo kenafeh with pistachio and honey (both $3.99). Today’s Groupon is good for a whole table, so treat your favorite bullfighters and their favorite bulls to some social dining at Abuelo’s.
Ninety percent of Urbanspooners like Abuelo’s Tapas, formerly Los Rios Mediterranean Bistro, seven Yelpers give it 4.5 stars, and an Insider Pages user gives it four: > * This little restaurant is owned by the chef and the food is fabulous. You can get great seafood, mediterranian [sic] items, the best gourmet Pizza in town. They have fresh home made Pita’s (Naan) and great hummas [sic] and other items. I highly recommend and we go there frequently. Price is also the lowest around for the quality of food. – Steve Carlson, Urbanspoon > * This was not only a fantastic meal, but a true deal as well. The menu is so extensive, that we can come here as often as we want and never try the same thing twice. I can’t wait to come back! – Brian B., Yelp > * The decor is very nice, but we opted to eat outside since it was a cool evening. The staff was very prompt and friendly. The menu has many items that look interesting but we choose [sic] to get a few tapas plates. They have a “all you can eat” tapas menu for $19.50 but I don’t know how one person could eat that much food, so we purchased three tapas plates for $4.00 each (we had to ask about this because the menu does not mention you can order the taps individually) and split them. And each had a salad. The chicken tapas with a lemon sauce was our favorite, but the others were also good. We will go back again. – Bill K., Insider Pages
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 12, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. May purchase multiple as gifts. Not valid for tax & gratuity. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.