Great food and great service. We've been frequenting Ol' Mexico for years, and the hot salsa and margaritas are wonderful! Service has always been great. Management is kind of full of themselves, but the food is always hot, drinks are always cold, and we always go back. I've lived in the Southwest for most of my life, and Ol' Mexico's food challenges many of the Mexican restaurants down there. Love it! Recommend it!
Worst example of Mexican food. I used to live in the Roseville area for many years and always enjoyed the food at Ol Mexico immensly. We moved out of the area a few years ago but this weekend we were back visiting friends and decided to go to Ol Mexico for dinner. What a disappointment! I ordered a numero uno which is a taco and a cheese enchilada and my husband orded a taco salad. Neither dish had much flavor. Not only had the price increased dramatically, but the quality of the food was terrible. It tasted like bar b que sauce! The meal used to come with rice and beans but now it is a choice of either or. Even my husband who never complains about anything said his taco salad was the worst he ever had. I took a taste of it and had to agree that in nobody's imagination did it taste anything like a taco salad. I am sad to say that we will never go back there again. The one thing I will say in defense of the restaurant is that they did take $5 off the bill when we voiced our disappointment in the quality of the food. Even with that I will have to say the Ol Mexico I used to love so much is evidently a thing of the past.
The drinks at Ol Mexico were very good, but that is where it ends. This place was quite possibly the worst meal I have ever eaten. 1st-the guacamole had a brown tint, which indicates that it was sitting out. We attempted to get past the brown tint to find out that it was an avocado cream, there were no spices in it at all. The salsa tasted like it was really watered down store bought salsa--awful. I had the fajitas, which included the brown tinted guacamole. The only saving point with the fajitas was the inclusion of pico where there was an actual leaf of cilantro and a jalapeno bits, I was at least able to taste some mexican spice. My husband got the tostada and a taco, both of which included ground beef that had NO seasoning. It was horrible, we would have got more authentic Mexican food if I had gone to Taco Bell.
Do not eat here, unless you want to pay a lot of money for bad food. It reminded us of the show Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey.
Poor treatment from management.
I grew up in the Roseville area and have visited this restaurant for over 20 years. The prices have increased dramatically over time, but I always returned for the convenient location and halfway decent food.
However, on my last visit my party ordered drinks, but did not order dinner yet as we were waiting for another guest. The waitress did not bring out chips and salsa per the "new policy"; we had to order food first. We could not order our meals until all the guests arrived. We complained to a manager and he said he would get chips and salsa to us right away.
The chips and salsa never came. Later the restaurant owner came out and asked if there was a problem. I explained that I was a long term customer who would not return because of the new policy. It is a bad idea to have waiting customers drinking on an empty stomach. The owner became beligerant and told us he was mad at people who just order drinks and eat the chips. Then he told us he needed to make money and to go run our own Ol Mexico franchise if we thought we could do better. I told him that was a poor way to treat customers and he told us he didn't care that we would never come back.
We heard other customers complaining amongst themselves, so we were not alone in our dissatisfaction.
For the price of a basket of chips and salsa, Ol' Mexico has lost hundereds of dollars of sales per month from my party alone. We will never go back to Ol' Mexico.
Best Happy Hour anywhere!. Cheap large beers, lots of free food. Service is good. Great place for afterwork, with a few co-workers or friends.
Virgin margaritas, whether you want one or not. I stopped in on a hot Saturday afternoon to have a margarita. After ordering a tall regular blended margarita, I sat back to enjoy. Having only 15-20 minutes to spare, the tall probably wasn't the smartest choice. But being the trooper I am, I managed to quaff it all down. The taste was great, but after drinking that large of a drink that quickly you would think that you'd be on your way to Margaritaville fast, I wasn't. I asked the bartender if he forgot to add the tequila, to which he replied, "They all are premixed and have booze in them." and walked away. Well I can guarantee you that one did not, but being in a pinch for time I wasn't going to press the issue. The moral of the story is, if you want a good margarita with tequila go to Boca Chica.
Booted Out. I would agree that Ol' Mexico has a wonderful ambiance, but guest service is low on their priority. Children are unwelcome both to the buffet and to make a mess at the table. The so-called owner of the place and his family are disrespectful to all of their customers. If you tip the waitresses not enough- which by the way Mr. Owner is not required by law- they will complain to the owner whom is related to them. You will be asked to leave for not tipping enough. The MHD should visit this hole each day until he is shut down. Servers after their less than perfect service are expected to be largley tipped for bringing you soda to your table.
Nice decor, bad food. I think that the salsa and the queso dip were both purchased at a grocery store. The food was way below par. The ambience and drinks were both good but that is all I can recommend it for.
A Mexican Sports Bar.... I've been going to the Ol' Mex off and on for years. It's a sports bar with Mexican food and about 75 televisions. I will say that the service is consistently horrible: 19-year-old girls who couldn't care less about you, with ZERO personality, not very welcoming. To give you an idea of the food quality, keep in mind that the only hot sauce in the restaurant is Tabasco, which may be good for Minnesotans, but it's not even made in Mexico, it's not hot, and it tastes terrible. Everything else comes from a can, smothered in cheese and sour cream. Even the chips and salsa are below average. They do have a free happy hour buffet from 4-7.
My favorite. This is my favorite mexican resturant in town. Always good food and good service. I love the shreaded beef tacos! Many different flavored magaritas too!
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