This past Friday, Gabrian and I were invited to an art show on First Friday by our friends Tenney and Emmett. Tenney is an art teacher and her student's art will be on display (and for sale) at Abilene for the month of June. I had no intention of eating there even though I have already established that I love Abilene's food so much that I have been thinking about writing an Ode to their Chef (but once we got there that silly thought of not eating there went right out the window). I only had my camera for pictures but hey, if it is good enough for instagram, than by God it is good enough for the blog.
The restaurant had a delicious spread of snacks set up for the art show. Tenney and I set the boys up with the free (and delicious) food. Like the good mother's we are, we discovered that Happy Hour was still going on and we felt we should take advantage of it.
I started off with the house red for only $4. It had a nice smooth finish and a delicious full-bodied taste. What a fantastic deal for only $4.
They were also offering their small plates for half-off. Tenney and I decided to split two of them. It never occurred to us to share with the boys (I am pretty sure they filled up on chips which is almost a healthy meal when they ate it with the salsa. Plus once Gabrian ate part of a cucumber so now that I write it out, I am feeling way better about my parenting skills).
We started off with the Manchego toast. You may remember from my last review, I mentioned it was so delicious that I wished I could lick the plate. It still remains lick worthy. After finishing the plate, I loudly whispered to Tenney that I wished I could lick the plate (she totally ratted me out to the waitress and gave me up for my plate licking ways). If you have a food bucket list of things you would like to eat going on in your life (that's a thing right?), make sure the Manchego Toast from Abilenes is on the top.
We also split an order of the fish tacos. Tenney very rudely made me stick to my end of the deal and I had to let her eat one of those tacos. The fish was buttery and the sauce was tangy. I could only dream of making tacos at this caliber. This was another win for us (but honestly what hasn't been at Abilene's for us?).
Overall, Abilene's is probably one of my top 10 (probably more like top 5) of any restaurant I have ever visited (in the world!). I can't stress enough that if you are in Portland, this needs to go on your must try list. If you would like to try them out for yourself, they are located at 539 Deering Ave., Portland, Maine.