Abi Restaurant


Over 10 million pupusas served since 1986. We specialize in authentic Mexican and Salvadoran Cuisine. Our specialities are pupusas and tacos. We host a happy hour everyday. We also offer a 10% military discounts to all branches of the service. We are a full service restaurant serving family styled dinners. Take out available.


Do you know what has had the most influence on modern Mexican cuisine? Spanish foods, which were introduced when Spain invaded Mexico in the sixteenth century. Not only did they introduce new livestock, such as pigs, but dairy products and garlic as well.


Did you know that the term refried beans is actually a misnomer? Refried is in fact a mistranslation from the Mexican term that means well-fried and refers to beans that have first been cooked in water and then subsequently fried (only once).


Did you know that the naturally forming chemical capsaicin is the active ingredient that gives chilis their bite? Not only does this spice up your food, but it has long been touted for its curative powers for muscle aches, headaches, and the common cold.


Although Mexican cuisine has been strongly influences by ingredients from around the world, the basic staples of their cooking remain the same. Corn and chili peppers remain important ingredients to this day.


Salsa verde, or green sauce, may be served warm or cold, and is often used as a condiment or dipping sauce. It is made from pureed tomatillos (raw or cooked), chili peppers, onion, cilantro, and lime.


We offer an extensive menu with tons to choose from ranging from tacos, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, and even flautas! Try something new today!


Come enjoy all the wonderful flavors of Mexico here with us! We've got all of the authentic dishes that you absolutely love! Call to reserve a table today!


We offer table-side guacamole as an appetizer! If you haven't tried it, you're truly missing out! There's nothing like having it made fresh right in front of you.


Quesadillas are a favorite within Mexican cuisine and are served in most Mexican restaurants. Basically, these are uncooked tortillas stuffed with cheese and other fillings (usually meat or vegetables), and then toasted on a hot griddle.


Did you know that we cater to private and corporate events as well? Inquire within to set up your next company meeting or family get together.


When you think of popcorn, do you often think of it as a modern treat? Archeologists have actually found a type of popcorn at their excavation sites that dates back at least 10,000 years.


If you were stuck on an island, and could only eat one type of food, what would it be? Mexican food! From tacos to seafood to enchiladas, you'll never get tired of your options.


Salsa taquera (or taco sauce) is traditionally smoother than a standard salsa and is perhaps more American than Mexican. It's made of cooked tomatoes that have been spiced with chiles, vinegar, and garlic.


Masa is a Spanish word for dough and refers to the traditional Mexican dough used to make corn tortillas. Essentially, masa is made from dried corn kernels that have been cooked in lime water.


The term refried beans is actually based on a mistranslation. The Spanish prefix re actually means very or well, so frijoles refritos would actually be more accurately translated as well-fried beans.


It doesn't mater what time of year it is; Mexican food is the year-round comfort food for anyone and we sure know how to cook it!


Come be a guest in our home and let us cook for you. Get out of the kitchen, get out of the house and be treated like family here with us!


You wont find any better Mexican food in town and our prices are simply unbeatable! Add to that fresh and authentic cuisine with phenomenal service makes for one place you are sure not to forget.


Salsa verde is a popular salsa found in Mexican restaurants that uses tomatillos as a base, to which is added ricado (a blend of seasonings that might include cinnamon, cocoa, and oregano) and chiles.


Did you know that much of the modern day Mexican cuisine was created by Spanish nuns during colonial times? They even created the candy known as cajeta.


Corn (or maize) tortillas are more popular in the southern regions of Mexico. Flour (or wheat) tortillas are popular in the northwestern states of Sonora and Chihuahua, as well as the southwestern United States.


Salsa roja, or red sauce, is often used as a condiment in Mexican cuisine. The ingredients of salsa roja are fresh tomatoes, chili peppers, onion, garlic, and fresh cilantro. The spiciness can range from mild to mouth-searing.


Mole is an exquisite sauce used in many modern Mexican dishes. While recipes vary, it's typically a blend of chiles, garlic, onions, nuts, and often chocolate. Making this sauce is an all-day process, as all the ingredients need to be ground, mixed, and blended by hand.


Refried beans are a Mexican-American dish of mashed cooked pinto beans, usually served as a side dish or filling for various preparations in most Mexican restaurants. These beans are cooked in water, fried until almost dry, and then mashed to a pulp.


A chipotle is actually a smoke-dried jalapeno pepper, and is used primarily in Mexican (and Mexican-inspired) cuisines. The term comes from the Aztec word chilpoktli, which literally means smoked chili pepper.


When you visit a Mexican restaurant, are the tortillas typically one of your favorite parts of the meal? In traditional Mexican cooking, the average family of four may eat as much as two pounds of tortillas each day.


A main staple of Mexican cuisine is the chili, which is actually today grown in many countries around the globe. However, Mexican chilis are considered superior and are grown in every state in Mexico.


Modern Mexican cuisine relies on a wide range of native cheeses from a variety of regions. As a result, you can enjoy such dishes as a Mexican version of fondue and fried cheese (or queso frito).


In part, today's Mexican cuisine has been derived from that of the Mayan Indians, who were traditionally nomadic hunters and gathers. They also enjoyed corn tortillas spread with a bean paste.


Tortillas are a staple of Mexican cuisine. Corn tortillas are made from maize flour, and tend to be thick and hearty. Flour tortillas are made from wheat flour, and are generally larger and thinner.


The taco has been around for thousands of years, although the earliest versions were made by wrapping a corn tortilla around small fish. The word taco is from the Spanish word for a plug or wadding used to fill a hole.


Each region of Mexico is known for a different style of Mexican cuisine. The northern part of Mexico features beef dishes, while the southern region is known for chicken a vegetable dishes.


Mexican cuisine embraces such celebrations as Cinco de Mayo (a celebration of the victory of the Mexican Army over the French in 1862). This might include such favorites as Menudo Soup, Guacamole, and Chilaquiles (a lasagna-type dish made from tortillas, chicken, and cheese).


The hard-shell tacos that have become so indelibly associated with Mexican cuisine were actually invented in New York in 1950. Traditional tacos are wrapped in corn tortillas, although they may be cooked until crisp.


Did you know that Spanish priests once advised against eating chili peppers? At the time, they couldn't understand why chilies were so popular in the cuisine so they assumed they were aphrodisiacs.


We're open for lunch! Break the habit of a greasy burger and French fries and try our fresh made-to-order Mexican cuisine! It's sure to please the palate.


Looking to eat light? We offer multiple soups and salads for both lunch and dinner as well as smaller appetizer portions of menu items.


Did you know that there's actually a rating system for chili peppers? Called Scoville heat units (SHU), this scale measures the spiciness in chilis, with Harbanero coming in as one of the hottest and New Mexican, Ancho, and Anaheim chilis as some of the mildest.


Do you know that the tortilla has a history that stretches at least as far back as the time of the Spanish conquistadores? When the Spanish arrived in the New World in the late fifteenth century, they noted that the natives made flat corn breads, which the Spanish named tortillas.


Everybody loves Mexican food! Let us cater your next business meeting or special event! We offer a wide selection that everyone will be excited to try!


There is something that happens to your mouth when it sees one of our huge burritos made to order?t waters in anticipation.


Have you ever noticed that Mexican cuisine tends to share elements with other worldly cuisines? Ingredients and styles of cooking from Africa, the Caribbean and South American have been integrated into Mexican food.


Flan is a Mexican dessert consisting of custard topped with a layer of soft caramel. Flan is often eaten with dulce de leche (sweet of milk), a creamy milk-based sauce that tastes similar to caramel.


Whenever you're searching for authentic Mexican dishes, remember that some of the chain restaurants specialize in Tex-Mex, not Mexican cuisine. This type of Mexican food has a strong American influence.


Mexico introduced maize (or corn), tomatoes, and cocoa to the world. All three of these Mexican food staples were domesticated from wild plants and shrubs and farmed by Mesoamerican civilizations 3,000 years ago.


5838 N Kings Hwy
Alexandria, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 23:00
Saturday 10:00 - 23:00
Sunday 10:00 - 22:00


(703) 317-0548


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