Bar Abilene

We rarely think twice about a visit to this Uptown Tex-Mex haven, though it gets awfully loud inside on a busy Friday. So we took advantage of one of September’s last warm nights and grabbed a sidewalk table for some pre-Lagoon noshing. The vegetarian in our party was pleased but not thrilled with her potato pizza, declaring that the sausage was lacking in flavor. (She’s not, apparently, all that strict a vegetarian.) We split on the fajita question: the steak variety was declared bland, but the hickory chicken fajitas made us consider putting in a second order so we could have them again for lunch. The best dish of the night was the grilled chicken and wild rice burrito, with a delectable glaze of mango sauce and candied pecans. The menu’s also been recently augmented with some new pasta dishes and wood-roasted portobello mushroom fajitas. The drinks menu is anchored by a massive (even, er, Texas-sized?) selection of tequilas and margaritas. If you’re looking for something a little different, try the tart Prickly Pear, made with cactus juice. Bar Abilene, (612) 825-2525