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LiL Ole, Soft Opening, Tasty Stuff

Just had a steak burrito at Ole's new takeout joint. Very good. In fact, might be the best burrito in town at the moment. And cheap! 5.50 w/ guac. Tortas looked great too. I'll be back soon, if not tomorrow.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      Directly across Springfield Street from Ole.

    2. There are some recent posts on Olecito, but I cannot figure out how to link. Der.

      1. They don't have the website for Olecito yet.

        1. Bumping this thread. Any recent reports? How's it breaking in?

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          1. re: yumyum

            I had a steak torta there a couple weeks ago. Tasty and huge, I could barely finish it (but did). I also got the guac and chips. Together these items came to about $10. I will definitely return to try other sandwiches and burritos, but I'll forego the guac and chips as I make pretty good guac on my own for less.

          2. I went this evening for the first time. Ordered one rajas taco and one carnitas taco. The rajas taco filling consisted of strips of roasted poblano peppers in a very light coating of what I took to be Mexican crema, black beans, small amount of jack cheese, small amount of guacamole, and a salsa the details of which I have forgotten (sorry!)--maybe it was just pico de gallo. This was very tasty and with a certain amount of heat coming from the peppers---I like it when poblanos are a bit hot, which is not always the case. The weak points were that there were too many beans relative to the amount of poblanos----the ratio was about one to one if not slanted slightly in favor of the beans---and that the guacamole was barely detectable. The carnitas taco was a major disappointment, however. The pork seemed like simple braised pork, with no charred bits whatsoever, and was completely bland and dare I say flaccid. It needed major salting to be at all interesting to eat. It was topped with a small amount of perfectly serviceable pineapple salsa and a barely detectable amount of non-distinctive cabbage slaw. Both tacos suffered from being soggy, although with carryout this is probably unavoidable even though I live only a few blocks away. Both also were stuffed quite full so that I found it easier to eat them with knife and fork. Overall there was something un-taco-like and unsatisfying about the whole experience, although at under $6 it was not a bad deal. Next time I would order two rajas tacos or try a burrito or torta.

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            1. re: bella_sarda

              Sounds somewhat similar to my initial visit, although I am due to give it another try this week. I almost thought some of their tacos were more like a burrito.

              1. re: bella_sarda

                Thanks bella -- I'm sad to hear they aren't hitting the carnitas on all cylinders, but it sounds like I'd really enjoy those rajas.

                (and thanks again to itaunus for the other report which I missed the first time.)

              2. Bumping this thread as I finally tried the shrimp tacos at Olecito. A non-chow friend had raved and they are good, but not great. Large, pretty heavily battered shrimp with cabbage, chipotle crema and cilantro sauce, in doubled-up Cinqo de mayo corn tortillas. I had no problem taking them home and having them maintain their integrity. Not rushing back, but not bad. Super unfriendly service, though --reminiscent of Tacos Lupita.

                Much prefer the Fish tacos at City Slicker Cafe -- it's a Fall special and they do a good job. Chunks of lightly battered snapper, perfectly fried. Not baja-style but standard with pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, hot sauce. $7.99 gets you a plate of three. If you are looking for pescatarian tacos this side of the river, check these out.

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                1. re: yumyum

                  Hey, yumyum, those City Slicker fish tacos sound like a decent deal. Just ahd my first pasta from them a few weeks ago, something with chicken. It was decent.

                  Any chance they have any kind of mayo-based sauce on the tacos, or as an option? I love fish tacos, but like something like cole slaw or other sauce along with the hot sauce.

                  1. re: bear

                    They come with a tomato-based salsa (pico de gallo) but I'm sure you could ask for a creamy dressing instead. All their house-made salad dressings are yummy, they surely have a ranch option.

                    I typically don't report on "decent" places, as these are a dime a dozen. These tacos were more on the "very good" end of the spectrum. Not life changing, but definitely worth trying.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      Thanks, yumyum, that helps. For various reasons, I'm in the area off and on, so I'll check it out.

                2. I've been a fan of Tacos Lupita's tortas for years. Olecito's are even better!