Portland >Food & Dining > Ole Ole
2137 E Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.523114 -122.643773
Neighborhoods: Kerns, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
In Tigard - Great home-made-restaurant-quality Mexican food at fast-food prices – We just discovered the Tigard location, next door to Schuck's on 99W - and were blown away by the quantity and quality of the food. We first went in expecting typical fast food, and got so much more. Just got back from our second visit. Fresh, made from scratch, and a mole' sauce that's to die for. Everything we've had has been seasoned perfectly - I'd use a touch more chipotle in the chipotle sauce, but that's just me - a wonderful balance of flavor and spice. You can't get better at twice the price.
The place used to be a low-end, cheap burger/fish place (I know - I ate there a couple of times), but it's clean, looks freshly painted, and the staff we've encountered has been terrific (although they are short a wait person or two). The old drink dispenser is still where it was before (I think it's dead, though) and the bathrooms are clean but not state-of-the-art, but the overall atmosphere is open and welcoming. After reading some of these reviews, I'd have to recommend to anyone who had a poor experience there before to give it another go. This is a great little restaurant and a fantastic value.
Can you email me some tacos? – I moved to Portland from Austin, TX in 2000 & thought I would never find worthy Mexican food, so I was so very happy when I discovered this great little taqueria relatively close to my office. During my 4 years in Portland my family & I were regulars at Ole Ole & now that we're back in Austin I find myself craving their tacos quite regularly. I never thought I'd see the day when I would be scouring Austin in search of a taco that can compare to one I once enjoyed in Oregon!
yech! Tigard location – Do not go to the Tigard location! This was the worst so-called mexican food I have ever had. I should know, being from Fresno, Ca. It is so hard to find really good mexican food here, but there is an exception right across the street from this joint. Sanchez restaurant, very authentic. We thought we would try something new, big mistake. How do you not season food? Anyway, the other locations might be good. This one s....!
Burnside Location : Do Go ! – Hola, The Burnside Location is fantastic. The staff are all very polite and unlike most places in southeast, seem to be happy to be at work and to serve you. There is great outdoor seating in the summer time and plenty of space inside to eat in the winter.
The Food is good and the price is fair.
The only downside to this place for me is that the rice is made with Chicken stock so if you are a vegetarian and order something with rice, you're eating chicken. If you're a carnivore I guess you are in heaven in a place like this. (please make some rice without Chicken Stock in it for all of the vegetarians!)
As far as Cheap eats go this place is fantastic. If you're on a limited income, a student, or just looking for a good filling meal for a very inexpensive price Ole Ole is great!
Again, the staff are awesome and that goes a long way in my book.
Don't Go To New Tigard Ole Ole!!!!!!!!!!!! – This was the worst experience I have ever had at a restaurant (and I use that term loosely with regards to this place)!! Every thing we ordered was wrong and there was absolutely no customer service. All but two of the soda selections were just water. My 13 year old daughter said McDonalds has better service than this place and she was right. A complaint to the manager only got us a blank stare and some excuse about them just opening. Save your money for some place that actually values their customers; we certainly will!
Tigard location - um, no, don't go!! – TIGARD LOCATION at 13165 SW Pacific HIGHWAY recently opened. We ate there on Saturday, October 13 at 7:00 PM. The Tigard location has only been open for less than a week. There was kitchen equipment stored by the front entrance, there was mold / dirt / gunk in the get-it-yourself coke machine. This may give you an indication of how the ordering process is - counter-style, "here's your empty paper cup, get your drink over there....and don't forget to drop some money in my tip cup when you order"." Prices were more than I would expect for having to counter order food , get my own drink and no service to speak of. The salvation was that the food was good and the red and green sauces were the best I've ever had. We probably won't go back due to lack of service and it was so dirty - uck! Good luck, although I don't expect this place to stay open more than 60 - 90 days.
mexican beware – We eat at this place all the time. As far as the atmosphere & food its great but the service lately was awful. A heavy set waitstaff named Alma was hitting on me and my husband the whole time as if she'd like to smother us with her chest. I am not a conservative person by far but she pretty much blinded us by the outfit she was wearing. My husband and I are both insulted by the way she was acting maybe she's been high on something. There is something wrong with that girl, I'm hinting some testing for employees at least while they work. My suggestion is the restaurant need to get more presentable wait staff. What good is the food if the service isn't very good. Overall, beside the awful waitress the food's great. My coworkers and I had been coming to this place and never had this experience such a bad service. I will definitely think twice about coming again if employees acts like that.
Eastside joint is a tasty option for cheap taqueria fare. – In Short
Simple, minimal decor, high ceilings and lots of light welcome a bustling business lunch crowd and couples and families for dinner. The menu features many taqueria favorites. Warm corn-tortilla tacos are filled with grilled steak, chicken, pastor and lengua (tongue). Hearty platters come with your choice of meat served alongside rice, beans, salsa, guacamole and tortillas. The signature "My Mom's Tinga," a variation on the Mexican sandwich, overflows with shredded chicken and onions in chipotle sauce.
Chili Relleno – The chili relleno burritos are to die for. Seriously. And the price is amazing. The service has always been great, even when there is a line out the door, the counter person is always calm and friendly. I almost always take the food to go, as the restaurant is usually loud and cold, but when it's nice outside they have a good amount of tables outside. Highly recommended. I've yet to find a better chili relleno burrito in Portland.
For the Love of Al Pastor – I've been going to Ole Ole since I moved to E. Burnside, and I have only been disappointed twice: once the al pastor was very greasy (however, I showed up just before they closed). As far as consistency goes, their food is almost always excellent. Sure, every now and then it may get a little dry, but given this place's volume of business a little forgiveness is in order. The mole and red sauces are very smooth, not over-chocolaty or over-smoky. The burritos and tacos are a fantastic deal and very flavorful. The al pastor is probably their best meat ingredient.
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