Column by Annika Grassl
Photo by Luke Nankivell
The short walk to Fernando’s makes it an easy place to go for a study break or to grab a quick lunch or dinner that isn’t the same old stuff from Hubbell Dining Hall or Quad Creek Café.
The convenience factor of Fernando’s close location is enhanced by the fact that it offers easy parking on the streets, accepts credit cards and offer take-out options.
Like everyone’s tried-and-true favorite Mexican restaurant, Chipotle or Qdoba the food is always fresh and the owner prides himself on locally sourced ingredients.
Customers order at the counter and watch their food being prepared.
If you can’t decide what kind of meat — chicken, beef or pork — you want on your buritto, quesadilla or salad Fernando’s offers a sample before you decide.
All the food is made fresh with whole ingredients, which are selected by chef Fernando Gonzalez himself.
Fernando can usually be found behind the counter preparing your food, so don’t hesitate to say ‘hi’ — he is very charming and personable.
The inexpensive price is great for college students, as well as the convienient location.
Fernando’s is part of a chain of restaurants by the same name which have establishments throught the Midwest.
The hours are convenient for most college students since they are open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The fresh-made toritllas and large, generously filled burritos make your meal well worth the $4.75.
The guacamole does not cost extra, unlike Chipotle, which is a nice feature. It is also made in-house.
Something that I found specifically unique and appealing about Fernando’s was that it has a tofu option for all entrees to accomodate vegetarians.
The only downside to a meal at Fernando’s is the sides. The rice, only $1, is small in portion.
Fernando’s offers a variety of meal options besides burritos. The restaurant sells traditional dishes such as, hand crafted chile rellenos.
A variety of topping options accompany your burrito, quesadilla or salad and gives you a reason to keep coming back to try new combinations.
Owner, Khaled Abdalla, cleary knows what he is doing when it comes to running a successful restraunt.
Aballa’s restaurant offers authenticity, fresh ingredients and friendly, fast service.
The atmosphere is clean, attractive and inviting.
There is more then enough space — the restraunt seats 34 —so you are sure to find a table.