Abel’s Diner is an unpretentious little place that’s been a favorite of Schertz locals for years. Located in a renovated convenience store in a little strip mall near the intersection of IH 35 and FM 3009, Abel’s seats only 51 — yes, we counted — and seems hidden, sometimes, by the huge Walmart supercenter and the accompanying traffic. But Abel’s holds its own, often with hungry diners waiting patiently at the door for seating.
Served open-faced on a long roll with the usual trimmings and hot fresh thick-cut fries, the burger is good and filling.
I am also a fan of the plate meals. Every day, there are a couple of specials, and these often go quickly. These can be ordered with or without a dinner salad or cup of soup.
The salad is the usual iceberg type, but it’s served in a cold bowl — nice touch — with either crackers or some of the hot yeast rolls available in the evening. One of the Sunday specials is meatloaf.
The meatloaf is good, and is served with brown gravy, potatoes, and a choice of veggies from the ones listed on the board daily. I also like the chicken fried chicken breast.
The breading is light and crispy, and the chicken breast is juicy and tasty. Perhaps the favorite special, also on the usual menu, is the chicken fried steak.
The hand-breaded steak is served hot and crispy with a very good cream gravy. It’s a winner every time.
And for the sandwich lovers, there is a BLT with LOTS of crispy bacon.
It’s worth another photo.
Served on lightly toasted bread, and with the Abel’s fresh thick-cut fries, this sandwich is hearty enough to share. Of course, true bacon lovers won’t.
Abel’s is a great place for a quick meal if you want good food and attentive service. The small kitchen is at the front of the restaurant and you can sit and watch the cooking action.
For more information, go to http://www.abelsdiner.com/.