Yesterday Danny woke up and said, “Let’s go to Abel’s.” Then he turned on the bedside lamp and looked at the clock – 5:40. For some reason, he thought it was almost seven and wanted to beat the Sunday crowd. Well, we sure would have. Abel’s Diner is open from 6:00-9:00 seven days a week. It is situated in a small L-shaped shopping place off of I-35 south, going towards San Antonio, and was there before anything else in Schertz, except Garden Ridge.
We got there at 7:10 and we were not alone. Even at that hour on a Sunday, there were 13 patrons. If you get there after 8:30 on weekends, you have to wait a half hour or more; waiting involves standing in line. But, as everyone will tell you, the wait is worth it.
There are 9 tables seating four, 2 tables seating two, and 4 booths. That’s it! Last year they had the chance to expand – again – by taking the space next door, but did not. Every customer wants more capacity for less waiting, but Abel is satisfied with the manageable space he has.
We haven’t been there for lunch or dinner, but the breakfasts are quite satisfying. Danny says the Eggs Benedict is the best he has ever had, so he doesn’t order anything else. I’ve tried just about everything and have not been disappointed until yesterday.
The cash register and small open-kitchen is on your left. Giant Abel-made cinnamon rolls wait under a heat lamp and greet you upon entering. I had never had one before, so I ordered one along with an egg/potato/cheese/onion taco, which was huge. The cinnamon roll, drizzled with icing, was brought to me before the taquito. Giving Danny the first bite, I expected his eyes to widen before saying, “Wow!” like he ususally does with something yummy. It did not happen, but I plunged ahead anyway. Nope. It reminded me of the tasty-looking but bland-tasting German pastries. Nothing beats a Cinnabon, and Abel’s didn’t even come close. But, the taco was very good.
Breakfast prices range from $1.39 for a taco to $6.49 for the Eggs Benedict. They have two soups: New England Clam Chowder and the Soup of the Day. There are three salads, side orders, six sandwiches, eleven entrees, specialty desserts of the day, and a children’s menu. Prices range from $2.25 for a cup of soup to $13.95 for a rib-eye steak.
Please note: I tried downloading the menu and a photo of Abel’s, but was unable to for “security purposes.” What’s up with that! Anyway, you’ll just have to check those out online, if you want to, although there is no website. Abel is too busy to set one up – and he doesn’t need to.
Also, the wait staff is excellent and friendly. They keep the tea and coffee flowing with a smile. We were seated, served, and sated in thirty minutes.
Bottom line: Good food at very reasonable prices.