Portland >Food & Dining > Ole Ole
2137 E Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.523114 -122.643773
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
Neighborhood place I can walk to and the food is always good and generally fast service
fast mexican food but not fast tasting – I have eaten here many times, usually when I am in a hurry and their food is good considering it is quite fast and their counter people are always friendly and helpful.
It is not gourmet but the prices are right and the food is tasty
Worst meal of my life. The sauce tasted like Spaghetti O's. The inside of my burrito was mushy. I would recommend Cha Cha Cha or Pepinos or Por Que No or the carts downtown or 100 other places before I would ever recommend this place.
Digusting – This is like if your college roommate said he made you a burrito, but it turned out he just put spagetti-os in a tortilla.
Oh yay! Olé! – A former girlfriend used to live 2 blocks away from the SW Jefferson Ole Ole, and I had the pleasure of eating there fairly often. From quite early on the owner, who at the time seemed to work the Jefferson location fairly regularly, would recognize me, thank me for coming back, talk about whatever. The staff in general always seemed cheerful and close-knit.
I live much closer to the Burnside restaurant and eat there nowadays, and while the atmosphere on this side of the river isn't quite as familially chummy, the staff is still polite and friendly.
I can't say much about most of the food at Olé Olé. I've tried a couple different burritos which were very tasty, if not gustatorial revelations; my lack of a broad knowledge of the menu is due to my indefatigable love of the cheese enchiladas plate with red sauce.
The food always arrives about 2 minutes away from the enchiladas themselves cooling to a temperature at which they can be inhaled without fear of melted cheese burns. This is the perfect pause in which to mix, chop, and generally rearrange the plate's items into your favorite combinations (sorry, fussy ingredient separatists. You'll have to rea the Mercury or something. Although you're probably more the WW type). Once your plate is prepped, what you'll be eating is made with freshy-tasting ingredients--fluffy rice, crisp, unblemished lettuce, smooth and creamy refried beans--is generously portioned, and has a perfect ratio of side-items-to-enchilads-focus quantity.
I've enjoyed the plate with beef and pork enchiladas, but here as with enchiladas in general i feel cheese only is the true soul of the dish, which i've always seen as a combination of soft, easy to eat items that can be consumed quite rapidly owing to the fact that most of its elements are as soft and blended as though they had already been chewed. While this is not to recommend that you bolt the meal as fast as you can, or that I do with any regularity myself. It does, however make it an ideal candidate for hangover recuperation chow, and also works quite well when for whatever reason you've gone an unusually long time without eating, most of the things you consider eating seem unappealing or even a little nauseating. And at that point, who wants to add a lot of avoiadable chewing?
Not sure how it used to be, but it was fresh, clean and great, with service, at a price anyone could afford – I had not ate here before, but on 02-10-09 I had dinner there and was surprised that I could get a dinner platter for 6.50 and trust me I can eat a lot, and I could not finish my meal. You can tell that it is made daily with fresh produce. The Salsa was fantastic, both the red and the green. I spent some time talking with the new manager Mark, who assured me that they were doing everything they could to regain the customer they lost, although it was before his time he still accepts responsibility on behalf of the owner. He said that he would do anything and everything to make sure that people come back, and I believe him. The service was great, fast and it was very clean and orderly. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable of the all the menu items and willing to make recommendations. The manager acknowledged that they can never be perfect, but they will always take care of the customer under his watch. I think you should try them again, and I?m sure you will not be disappointed. I would love to see them be successful, so please pass the word.
TIGARD LOCATION - UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT!!!!!!!!!! :-) – After being closed for several months, Ole Ole in Tigard is once again open. With a new manager, and a whole new staff, the dining experience here is wonderful!!
The food is excellent, the portions are huge, the price is low. Nothing on the menu over $8 and most meals between $5 - $6.
Featuring a Salsa Night on Fridays with a full menu item Buffet.
If you tried them before and liked them, you'll love them now! If you tried them before and hated them, you'll still love them now!
They have a drive-thru and are open from 10 am - 10 pm.
My family and friends have eaten there about 3 - 4 times a week since they reopened on Jan. 16th.
Give them a try, you won't be sorry!!! :-)
Tigard Location :( :( :( - I Would Rather Go 40 Days Without Food Than Eat Here Again – Not even Christ on the cross suffered as much as I did eating at the Tigard location of Ole Ole. I should have known when I walked into a deserted restaurant during lunch hour, but I had already driven out there so I went ahead and ate anyway. BIG MISTAKE!! :( : ( :(
My food was prepared quickly and piping hot. However, the sign outside promised "Fresh Mexican Food" and what I got was anything but fresh, nor was it particularly Mexican. The overwhelming flavor of my Al Pastor burrito was mushy pork fat, with the occasional hint of pico de gallo salsa and guacamole. The cook had obviously never eaten a burrito before, because each of the ingredients was segregated into its own section of the burrito and rarely blended together. The meat (pork marinated in a red chile sauce) was vibrantly orange and a closer examination revealed it to be fat, rather than meat. The refried beans were gray and watery and the rice almost non existent. I have never been less satisfied.
From this point on, I will refer to events in my life as B.O.O (Before Ole Ole) and A.D. (After Death), because I have spent the hour since my meal wishing that I had died rather than subject my mind, body and taste buds to that miserable excuse for a quality dining establishment.
Tigard location is sooo gooood! – My best friend recently told me about this place that he and his wife go to about 4 times a week. I tried it and was amazed at how good the food was. Taste is the most important factor for me, but as a side benefit the portions are freaking huge, and it's so affordable. This is my favorite place now, and the drivethru makes getting your food in about 1 minute. Everyone should try this place if they enjoy restaurant style mexican food. As a bonus their drivethru is open late. Check it out!
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