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“Great varied menu, yummy desserts.”

Earl Abel's Restaurant
Ranked #577 of 4,669 Restaurants in San Antonio
Price range: $6 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Earl Abel's has been serving the San Antonio dining community for over 81 years and is recognized for its home style comfort foods made fresh daily. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Earl Abel's is famous for its "Simply Delicious" fried chicken and its award winning desserts, including pies, cakes, eclairs and creme puffs. Recently, the restaurant has added many healthy menu items such as Bison Burgers, Chicken Fried Bison, Kobe Burgers, Spinach Salad with strawberries and homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing, Greek Salad with peppers, olives & feta cheese, sweet potato fries, and sugar free desserts. Earl Abel's truly has something for everyone. We serve soups, salads, burgers made with freshly ground in-house USDA Chuck Steak, sandwiches, Niman Ranch "all natural" steaks, seafood, Mexican food, and daily specials served seven days a week. The restaurant is also known for its outstanding breakfast including its famous "Thins" pancakes, chicken and waffles, three egg omelets, pork sausage made in-house, and fresh squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. For beverages, Earl Abel's serves Cain's coffee, Cain's iced tea & sweet Tea, and an organic coffee blend from Chiapas & Guatemala and roasted by a local San Antonio roaster, Ferra Coffee Company. We also serve locally brewed Busted Sandal IPA and Alamo Ale, along with other Texas beers and imports.
San Angelo, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
334 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
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“Great varied menu, yummy desserts.”
Reviewed December 23, 2012 via mobile

Earl Abel's continues to serve good quality food and the service is top notch. The portions are large and the house rolls are very good. Do not expect gourmet food, but you can choose from two Greek items, several Mexican dishes and all American. They pride themselves on the fried chicken and pies. I liked the pork chops, even if a bit thin. The Greek Salad is very large with a good amount of feta cheese. They are open Christmas Day until 3:00.

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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
744 reviews
613 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 274 helpful votes
“Ask Curly to Seat You”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

What's for dinner Curly? The time worn likeness of a maritre'd greets you at the entrance and has been the "mascot" of EA for decades. I have actually seen people stop to ask Curly for a table and look rather befuddled when there is no answer . . . . that's right before they discover that Curly is a mannequin and sheepishly skulk away hoping no one has seen them. I think Curly has been through a few tussle's over the years though with scofflaws attempting to run the check and looks it.

Late nights, early mornings, and any time in between, EAs was THE place to come in SA. One could find local celebrities, TV personalities and political hacks on any given evening. The late Henry B. Gonzales punched another politician in the face here (the old location) for calling him a communist. Presently I think the restaurant's bubbling clime has calmed down significantly. At any given time you will see a cadre of blue hairs that make this place a regular, maybe even daily lunch or dinner visit.

Well known for their fried chicken (which is what I get almost every time I have been here since high school) as well as their time tested cakes and pies. Some of their other dishes I have had have been a little off the mark - overcooked hamburger, less than fresh salad, gristly chicken fried, etc. Overall they do a pretty good job on comfort food and have been serving ti since 1940 which says something in the fickle restaurant business.

Personally, I liked the old EAs better in its more central location on the corner of Broadway and Hildebrand. I also liked the curvy art deco interior and exterior design of the building. But that's when Curly had hair and gas was $2.50 a gallon!

  • Visited May 2012
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Corpus Christi
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12 reviews
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“Southern Comfort Food”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

We used to eat at Earl Abel's when it was on Broadway. The food at the new location does not disappoint. Their fried chicken is famously good.

Visited August 2012
Thank James V
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San Antonio
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Not good at all”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

I understand that it is an instutution in SA, so I gave it 3 tries before deciding it was really awful. The service is slow, even when it is empty. It takes 30-40 minutes to get your food. And then the food, it is, at best, cafeteria food, but, I have had cafeteria food that is a lot better. The waffles were like free hotel breakfast waffles, the pancakes were obviously not from scratch either. The "scrambled" eggs were fried flat, and were runny and disgusting on the inside. Club sandwich had huge hunks of breakfast ham, and the vegetables were also cut large, and were flavorless. The french fried came to the table cold and undercooked. The fried chicken was overcooked and flavorless. Don't bother!

  • Visited November 2012
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San Antonio, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
959 reviews
691 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 608 helpful votes
“Old School, Still Impresses”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

A San Antonio institution for delicious Texas style comfort food for more than half a century,
Earl Abel's had to relocate for a Red McCombs condo project.
We found them on Austin Highway.
This is an oldy but goody just like the 50s rock and roll music they play.
On a weekday for lunch we arrived early and watch the place fill up.
My BW ordered the Turkey Turnover, and I had the Philly cheesesteak.
We started off with a bowl of Navy Bean soup the daily choice. The soup was packed with Navy Beans and was tasty.
Our server reminded me of the ladies who worked for Earl Able back in the day. She was friendly and efficient.
The Turkey Turnover was an inverted pot pie, it was covered with gravy and tasted yummy.
It had chunks of turkey, carrots, peas, and potatoes swimming in gravy with a flaky crust.

My Philly Cheesesteak was huge and looked like it would intimidate those from Manayunk Avenue
in South Philly. It tasted delicious, and it was bursting with red and green peppers, onions, and cheese.
I ordered a side of hand battered onion rings to go with my side of great fries.
I found out that Earl Abel's still bakes their own pies and cakes. The maple pecan and lemon chess
pies are house favorites.
Earl Abel's, a glimpse of the glory days and still alive in Alamo Heights.

  • Visited September 2012
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