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jes Jul 30, 2006 11:54 PM

Going for dinner anything decent to eat there? I'm a fan of Mexican food and even Tex-Mex type Mexicna food if it's good. Never been to On The Border though. Anything good?

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    Cathy Jul 31, 2006 01:49 AM

    It isn't advertised as such, but every time I have gone, I have noticed its was too NON-greasy...like even the corn chips are dry....its almost health food...

    all my firnds say the margaritas at Happy Hour are good...I hve never had them tell me the food was ..memorable...or anything....

    1. finlero Jul 31, 2006 03:25 AM

      My wife and I are Southwesterners marooned in the Boston area -- trips to OTB are a semi-routine guilty pleasure for us.

      OTB is interesting...I've found that although the vast majority of their menu items are pretty mediocre, there are a few surprisingly tasty standouts.

      I actually routinely order the plain old chicken or steak fajitas. The seasonings remind me of the Tex Mex places in the Southwest, ***and most importantly*** they are served with their fresh, homemade flour tortillas. It should be noted that these aren't served with too many of their dishes, but they're a real strong point for the chain.

      Also noteworthy is their superb salsa. Freshly made, and actually even a little bit spicy, I could [ok, I sometimes do] eat it with a spoon.

      Their frozen margaritas are both delicious and dangerously stronger than they taste.

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        Fydeaux Jul 31, 2006 01:58 PM

        This caught me off guard--On The Border is the name of a strip club on the south edge of Milwaukee County, hence the name. They serve a free lunch buffet, but I'm sure that the food at your OTB is MUCH better.

        1. Dommy Jul 31, 2006 03:46 PM

          I like their grilled fish tacos... tasty! :)

          --Dommy!

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            Das Ubergeek Jul 31, 2006 10:46 PM

            Dommy!, where is this place near LA?

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              Dommy Aug 1, 2006 12:08 AM

              It's in the Howard Hughes center. It's NOT a chowish place by any means. But okay if you work in the area (I do.)

              --Dommy!

          2. macca Jul 31, 2006 03:50 PM

            In the Boston area- is this the place in Woburn, MA? Never been, but I hear they make the quacamole tableside, and it is tasty.
            My fave area place is Mexico Lindo in Melrose. Went there last week, and enjoyed their Dungeoness crab anchilada and a pitcher of margarita's.

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              finlero Jul 31, 2006 09:01 PM

              Yep, it's the place in Woburn. Tableside guacamole is pretty good. I've heard great things about Mexico Lindo, but I should emphasize: I don't go to OTB for authentic Mexican food. I go there for "authentically fake" Tex Mex...more of a taste of Phoenix than a taste of Mexico.

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                macca Aug 1, 2006 02:19 PM

                thanks. Love your description of the place. May be just the place for a few margarita's and some chips, salsa and guacamole.

            2. KellBell Jul 31, 2006 08:33 PM

              The brisket tacos there are pretty good, empenadas appetizer, the shrimp cocktail...
              However, we had the worst service there ever, the last time we went there, and I have sworn to never go back.

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                carfoodie Aug 4, 2006 03:30 PM

                The only experience that I have had at an OTB is the Worbun MA location. It was not a good one. The place is usually dirty, and loud. The food is always greasy. I am not sure where Cathy (from above) was eating but it certainly was not the OTB that I have been to. There are better options out there.

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                  Cathy Aug 5, 2006 09:17 PM

                  It was in San Diego, about 2 years ago. We had a coupon. They made the chips fresh; I saw them. Not a drop of grease when they got to the table. It was odd...warm, unsalted, fresh and not greasy.....we never went back.

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                    shaebones Feb 20, 2007 10:20 PM

                    Brand new On the Border just opened in Burlington, Ma

                  2. zorra Aug 4, 2006 07:39 PM

                    It's pretty mediocre, but most of their Tex-Mex standards (fajitas, enchiladas, whatever) should be marginally acceptable. The one in my area of metro Houston went out of business, if that tells you anything.

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                      DC Gal Aug 4, 2006 07:42 PM

                      I agree - the fajitas are actually quite good. As is the fajita salad.

                      And, their sopillias are YUMMY! They are the puffy pillows of dough not the fried tortillas that some places pass off as sopillias!

                      1. TexasToast Aug 5, 2006 10:19 PM

                        Are you talking about this place?

                        http://www.ontheborder.com/index_flash.html

                        It's cheap, and fills you up. Can't say it's the most inventive Tex-Mex in town, but it's a good lunch staple.

                        I prefer Posados' sopapillas, as they are REALLY good!

                        http://www.posados.com/

                        TT

                        1. gini Aug 9, 2006 06:37 PM

                          A margarita? Or three? For dinner.

                          Seriously though, this is my manager's favorite place - thus we often have meetings there - in the Woburn, MA location. The gaucamole is acceptable, though usually on a pile of lettuce in a bowl, and the fish tacos are ok.

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                            KitchenAid Aug 9, 2006 09:22 PM

                            Tableside guacaole if they do it, you can tell them how many jalapenos and 3 sauce steak burrito.

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                              newbatgirl Feb 20, 2007 06:36 PM

                              I've never been a fan of Tex-Mex, probably because my family is Central American and everything served in these places just seemed strange to me. I recently took a trip to OTB with a friend (it was either this place or Manny Browns and THAT place is a pit) and I was pleasantly surprised at the tasty grilled burrito I received. It was not greasy or too heavy and I as able to choose my own fillings. The salad on the side was very fresh. Remarkably so. The chipotle dressing was good enough to make me want to try to come up with a home version. Service was fast and efficient.

                              It may not be "authentic" Mexican but it's not really trying to be. It was, however, tasty, filling, and I felt like I got good value for my money.

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                                Kari Feb 21, 2007 06:30 AM

                                We have one in Glendale Az. We go maybe once or twice a year because its close to where we live. I like the table side guacamole, you can add what you want. I always add extra salt when they are done because they don't season it right for me. The empenadas are good and the fajitas are decent. It isn't stellar food as we all seem to agree on. I don't think it is the worst food in the world, but there are a ton of better choices, however if you have to go, go with an open mind and enjoy your food.

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                                  aynrandgirl Feb 22, 2007 01:49 PM

                                  Go for the deep-fried jalapeños. They're fresh whole jalapeños (at the location I went to), not cheap frozen poppers, so they have a real kick to them. Try not to bite off too much at a time, the occasional burst of chile oil can be powerful.

                                  1. steakman55 Feb 22, 2007 02:21 PM

                                    Try the smoked brisket taco or whatever they are called. Pretty good; I am not a big fan of texmex

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                                      steakrules85 Feb 22, 2007 04:19 PM

                                      I have eaten there twice and had the Big Bordurrito with Steak and it was really very good. I also tried to build your own chimichanga with steak and was disappointed. I'd say stick with the basics like fajitas, burritos, quesadillas. But if you like steak go with the big bordurrito.

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