How many handmade chicken burritos can you eat? A new Mexican restaurant in Fairview Heights features family recipes served buffet-style.
El Niño, located at 10616 Lincoln Trail, recently opened with more than a dozen authentic Mexican dishes on the menu.
From sweet corn cake and chicken burritos to Spanish pork served with squash, the buffet offers a variety of handmade dishes.
“Everything is made fresh everyday,” owner and operator Lorena Abraham said Monday as the restaurant prepped for lunch. “Everyone is so welcome.”
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Abraham and her husband, Abdalla, opened the buffet last week. It replaced their popular Peruvian restaurant, Fairview Lounge. Lorena will manage the kitchen, but a Mexican chef will do the cooking this time around, giving the Abdalla’s more time to focus on family.
Lunch will be available for $8.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will cost $13.95 per person and will be served from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The buffet will also offer wood-fired chicken, lamb and pork ribs to-go.
Late-night nachos will be served seven days while the bar is open. Bar and gas will continue to be available from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays.
Lorena Abdalla will offer Peruvian catering services by request.
For more information about El Niño or the couple’s catering business, call 618-394-8904.