3826 Lake Austin Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
I was getting ready to put the Urbanspoon link into this post when I saw a user post reviewing Abel’s. The title simply said “Pretty View, Regular Food”, and I thought “wow, I couldn’t have put it more succinctly myself!”.
Abel’s sits on a glorious piece of property, right on Lake Austin Boulevard and attached to a popular dock for lake day activities. I mean it’s really quite pretty, see?
To enjoy Abel’s you need to be able to concede some trade-offs. EG:
Pro: a gorgeous view. Con: this view on a nice day means the odds are likely Abel’s will be slammed and the service will probably suck.
Pro: they have an excellent bloody mary. Con: sometimes the crowd at Abel’s can seem more L.A. than Austin. Take from that what you will, it’s the nicest way I could put it.
Pro: they serve the most sensational appetiser of jalapeño stuffed with cheese and chicken, wrapped in bacon and then roasted ’til crisp. These little flavour bombs are divine! Bonus points for super cute skillet presentation.
Con: the appetiser may be delicious, but the burger is abysmal. You can actually gather exactly what was wrong with it from the picture.
To be fair, the burger is offered on the menu with ranch, and I chose to order it without. However, I don’t think that excuses what is clearly an overly dry pattie that has further dehydrated sitting up under hot pass lights. The cheese had shrink wrapped around the meat and had the texture of firm plastic and the onion rings were just plain anaemic.
I generally prefer not to write about places where I’ve had a bad experience. I don’t see the point in writing a negative and disparaging post just for the sake of it, and I’d much rather recommend great meal experiences. In this case, it was a matter of wanting to share the awesome jalapeños, but giving a friendly heads up to avoid the burg.
No sense in being a super negative Nancy. Let’s end on a pro, shall we?
Pro: they have Deep Eddy sweet tea vodka on tap. #ohyeah