A family-run Mexican restaurant has joined the downtown Allentown restaurant lineup.
La Cocina del Abuelo, offering authentic Mexican cuisine like tacos, tostadas and quesadillas, opened about two months ago at 621 W. Hamilton St.
The space previously housed other restaurants, including Blondie’s Cupcakes & Hot Dogs and Manhattan Pizza & Deli.
La Cocina del Abuelo, which means “Grandpa’s Kitchen” in Spanish, is owned by Greenberg H. Lemus of Easton.
The business is a family affair, with Lemus’ son, Harrison Lemus, as executive chef, and Lemus’ wife, Maria Garcia, as director.
La Cocina del Abuelo offers breakfast items such as pancakes, French toast, breakfast quesadillas, vegetarian omelettes, chilaquiles (crispy tortilla chips covered in a spicy green sauce topped with beans, cotija and cream cheese), huevos rancheros (two eggs any style served on a crispy corn tortilla topped with refried beans, ranchero sauce and queso fresca with a side of homemade fries) and a Burrito Buenos Dias (scrambled eggs with tomato, onions, sweet plantains, beans, jalapenos and cream).
Guests can also enjoy breakfast toasties such as Avocado Pepitas (avocado topped with pumpkin seeds, queso fresco, corn, onions and cilantro) and El Relajo de la Manana (chorizo, bacon, roast pork and scrambled eggs with pico of gallo, maize and queso fresco).
Lunch and dinner selections include nachos, tortas, tostadas, chicharron, burritos, and burrito bowls.
A variety of homemade tacos (three per order, starting at $10.50), served with onions, cilantro, lime and radish, include your choice of protein: chicken, chorizo, shrimp, salmon, steak, pork or al pastor.
Other menu highlights include sides such as guacamole and fries, shrimp ceviche, and sweet plantains; homemade desserts such as flan, churros with Nutella and tres leches cake; and specialty drinks such as homemade horchata, mango lemonade, and Mexican sodas.
The restaurant, which seats about 25 customers, is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Info: 484-274-6325.