Mexican buffet restaurant opens in Fairview Heights, Ill.

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How many handmade chicken burritos can you eat? A new Mexican restaurant in Fairview Heights offers family-friendly buffet recipes.

El Niño, located at 10616 Lincoln Trail, recently opened with over 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 fresh everyday,” owner and operator Lorena Abraham said on Monday as the restaurant prepared for lunch. “Everyone is so welcome. “

Abraham and her husband, Abdalla, opened the buffet last week. It replaced their popular Peruvian restaurant, Fairview Lounge. Lorena will handle the cooking, but a Mexican chef will be doing the cooking this time around, giving Abdalla more time to focus on his family.

Breakfast will be available for $ 8.95 per person from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 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 to Friday and from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The buffet will also feature wood-fired chicken, lamb and pork ribs.

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Lorena Abraham owns and operates El Niño in Fairview Heights. Cara Antoine [email protected]

Late night nachos will be served seven days while the bar is open. The bar and gasoline will continue to be available from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Lorena Abdalla will provide Peruvian catering services upon request.

For more information on El Niño or the couple’s catering business, call 618-394-8904.

Cara Anthony covers restaurants and retail for the Belleville News-Democrat, where she answers readers’ questions about restaurant openings, business closings and the best new food in the Metro East. She attended Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville and grew up in East St. Louis.
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