Fried chicken with mashed potatoes, green beans and roll from Earl Abel's. Earl Abel's Restaurant opened in the 1930s, but Austin Highway has been its home since 2006. The restaurant is moving to Broadway, with a tentative opening date of Oct. 1.
Roger Arias has owned Earl Abel's Restaurant since 2006, when he and his business partners bought it from the Abel family.
Earl Abel's Restaurant at Broadway and Hildebrand Avenue in an undated photo dating from the mid-1900s.
Coconut cream pie from Earl Abel's Restaurant on Austin Highway.
The dining room of Earl Abel's Restaurant on Austin Highway.
David Hamble, a cook at Earl Abel's, puts up fried chicken in the serving window in 2005.
Earl Abel's Restaurant An organist for silent films, Earl Abel (pictured here with Colonel Sanders) once shared top billing with Charlie Chaplin and Bing Crosby. When the onset of "talkies" put him out of work, Abel opened a string of diners bearing his name.
Earl Abel's is returning to Broadway The struggle for iconic San Antonio restaurants to stay afloat in a market where landlords, tax collectors and customers all want something more has hit a bittersweet crossroads. The 84-year-old landmark Earl Abel’s Restaurant is moving from the Austin Highway location it’s occupied since 2006. That’s half the story. The other half is that Earl Abel’s is moving into the The Pearl-area location of Timbo’s, which is closing Saturday after 10 years of burgers and Shypoke Eggs at 1639 Broadway.
KSAT Flavor Favs: Earl Abel's
SAN ANTONIO - From fried chicken to meat loaf, Earl Abel's is considered a San Antonio dining institution. "Earl Abel's is southern, home-style, comfort food," owner Roger Arias said.
The food has been a staple in the Alamo City for over 80 years. Earl Abel was out of a job in 1933 and decided to start a business that would eventually spawn six other locations.
In 2006, Arias and other partners bought the business from the Abel family with the goal of preserving the restaurant's history.
Day Trips Earl Abel's Coffee Shop in San Antonio has that vintage advantage. Earl Abel's Coffee Shop in San Antonio is strictly American fare with a South Texas accent. Folks have been going there for generations, and no other eating establishment in the city has quite the same legendary status.
Recipe: Earl Abel's Maple Pecan Pie
Instructions: Place water, powdered milk and sweetened condensed milk in 51/2-quart or larger pot; mix well and heat. When milk powder is completely dissolved, remove 1 cup of liquid and put in mixing bowl. Bring remaining mixture in pan to boil; stir in syrup and butter. Bring back to boil.
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New owners plan to nurture Earl Abel's familiar appeal
Asked whether he had ever considered getting into another line of work, Jerry Abel -- who operated Earl Abel's Restaurant for some seven decades -- replies: "I didn't have time to think about getting out."
Finally, Abel is getting some free time.
On March 16, he sold the local landmark restaurant that his father Earl Abel started in the 1930s to locally based Arias Retail LLC.
Earl Abel's Restaurant San Antonio Landmark
Earl Abel's, an Alamo City landmark since it began business in 1933 at the depth of the Great Depression, will be closing on March 15 to make way for a 25-story condominium.
Though it originally had several locations, in 1940 the restaurant opened at Broadway and Hildebrand. That was long before I-35, when Broadway served as the main thoroughfare into downtown San Antonio from Austin and points north.
Quick Texas Getaway: Earl Abel’s is still dishing out the fried chicken Remember Earl Abel’s? You do if you have visited San Antonio in the past. For many years Earl Abel’s reigned as the premier comfort-food cafe of San Antonio at its location near the northeast corner of Breckenridge Park. In 2006, though, it vanished from its home of 66 years, and some visitors thought it was gone forever.
Coconut Meringue Pie at Earl Abel’s Restaurant After 80 years in business, Earl Abel’s Restaurant continues to excel at nostalgic diner cuisine. Baker Tony Sanchez has worked there for over 50 years and says they haven’t changed a thing. Of old Earl Abel himself, Sanchez said, “He wanted everything to be perfect, every day.” He’d be glad to know the coconut meringue pie, topped with toasted shreds and layered tall with meringue and custard, is still impeccable right down to the handmade crust.
THE ONCE AND FUTURE EARL ABELS I grew up all over America, following my Air Force father from one duty assignment to another, and I saw a lot of the country by the time I was ten. I realised very early just how diverse America was. The stuff people believed and did in New York was very different from what you’d find in Alabama or Texas.
A fond farewell to Earl Abel’s Earl Abel’s was never about the food. Some would argue that the San Antonio landmark’s take-out fried chicken was among the best in the solar system or that its diabetes-inducing pies, seductively displayed on mirrored shelves behind the counter, had no peers.
‘What’s the Beef?’ program March 26 in San Antonio to provide choice information The program, to be held at the restaurant at 1201 Austin Highway, includes a presentation by AgriLife Extension state meat specialist Dr. Dan Hale. Hale will provide program attendees with facts about beef, including differences between organic and grass-fed beef, and distinctions in grades and cuts of beef.
Earl Abel Restaurant – A Classic Endures
You will be happy to know, if you don’t already, that despite moving from its iconic Broadway location some years ago, Earl Abel’s still has its fair share of character—including the indelible, chatty-quirky waitresses. Some of them may be the same, for all I know.
Even if you weren’t a fan of the equally iconic fried chicken, or the prodigious pies, or of Thursday’s Salisbury steak (who else does this, after all?), you’d still have to admit that service from a waitstaff that’s not cookie-cutter interchangeable is reason enough to pay old Earl a visit. If it’s on a Wednesday, you can even have the meatloaf.
Earl Abel's Fried Pickles Here's a fun recipe for the fairgrounds from the legendary Earl Abel's!! You can get this on their lunch menu or try it at home. Enjoy!
Hungry as a Horse? Earl Abel’s Rounds Up Rodeo Specials Beginning Thursday, Feb.6 and running through Sunday, Feb. 23, Earl Abel’s will be saddling up to serve some true Texas staples. First up, chicken fried steak. Fried to a crispy perfection on the outside and juicy on the inside, this down home dish is served with mashed potatoes, choice of a vegetable, and FREE iced tea, for just $9.95.