Ole Mole: Southport, CT
3881 Post Road
Summary: (This is a review of just the Southport location) Ole Mole is a nice looking small restaurant which is very clean by appearances; being able to see somewhat into the kitchen is a plus. It is conveniently located right off of route 95 in Southport, CT (within 1 minute of on/off ramps). Today’s visit was not with MrsFoodGuy, but rather with a friend. We both started with margaritas and we both had the burritos. The restaurant was not busy by any means and we received our food quickly. Overall the food was decent, the drinks were subpar, the waitstaff very attentive, the ambiance enjoyable, and the prices high.
Drinks: My buddy and I started with the margaritas. We asked for the drink menu to choose our margaritas and what we were given was a very simple selection. There were two types of margaritas, frozen and on the rocks. We both ordered the margaritas on the rocks with salt. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, we were sitting at the bar and we were able to see the waitress make our drinks. She pulled out two glasses; merlot shaped wine glasses with no stem, and salted the rims. What happened next bothered me immensely because I thought I was going to get an $8 margarita! The waitress filled our margaritas from a premixed churning margarita machine (it could have very well been a lemonade machine)! Margaritas that cost $8 should NOT, I repeat NOT, come from a machine and mix; they need to be made with the correct ingredient by hand! I much prefer the margaritas from other non-Mexican restaurants to those at Ole Mole. The drinks were a huge disappointment at Ole Mole. I would not recommend trying anything there as they do not have a full bar and the drinks are subpar (outside of the bottled beer).
Food: We both ordered the burritos, he the Salpicon de Res Burrito and I the Pollo Burrito. Both burritos were overstuffed with bean and under stuffed with the main ingredient. Both burritos were $7.95 and that only included the burrito; rice and beans were an additional $4. I don’t mind paying extra for good food, but the beans were nothing special. They were two types of beans that were cooked and put on the plate. They lacked any real flavor and were identical to the beans in my burrito. Both my eating partner and I were uninspired by the burrito, we didn’t hate it or love it. Contrary to the burrito, the salsa was very good! It was fresh and had great flavors mixed throughout.
Overall review: I can not recommend Ole Mole become a regular haunt if you like Mexican food, if you are in a rush and need a quick burrito fix give it a whirl. But go in with average expectations despite the high prices. You won’t be entirely disappointed, but at the same time you won’t be wowed off you feet. Try the salsa, stay away from the margaritas and possibly take it to go. Pictures will follow when I get home.