Imagine a mild green pepper stuffed with two kinds of melted cheese, surrounded by a perfectly made, very thin omelette, all covered with a superbly spiced light Mexican sauce. El Albanil chili rellenos are perfect - no deep-frying or breading or heavy tomato sauce in this dish. Other outstanding options here include Tacos al Carbon (tiny chunks of pleasantly spiced beef served with soft tortillas and a homemade salsa and lettuce) and Pollo A la Crema (pieces of chicken breast, onions and crispy green pepper slices in a flavorful cream sauce). Wonderful rice (again without a heavy tomato base) and beans and tortillas accompany most dishes. We've never found anything on the menu which isn't top-notch. All dishes have an authentic Mexican flavor without being overly spicy hot.
Although we live in Southern Oregon, if our travels take us within 100 miles of Bellingham, we head for El Albanil. We are never disappointed. The family provides a warm welcome and swift service. The restaurant is clean and non-pretentious. A recent addition is an intimate, though modern, industrial-designed bar area - check it out - you'll be tickled!!
If, like us, you don't live nearby - El Albanil is just minutes off of I-5, and if you happen to be driving an RV - there is easy access to a large parking lot behind the restaurant.
We eagerly look forward to our next visit.
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