The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 26, 2002


Restaurant Review:
203A Broadway Street Arlington, Mass. 02474 Tel. 1-781-643-2299

What a pleasant lunch experience it was at Olé. A friend suggested I try this authentic Mexican restaurant in Arlington and though it took a while, with my rather busy schedule, to get there for lunch, it proved to be a very tasty and worthwhile experience.

Olé serves authentic Mexican, as opposed to Tex/Mex, according to the owners. The free salsa before our lunch certainly was freshly made and the chips were superior.

Since Alex has always enjoyed Mole, a bitter-chocolate-enriched chili sauce, he opted for the Chicken Mole enchilada ($8.25). His dish came with rice, beans, pico de gallo with sour cream topped with cheese. I had a burrito stuffed with rice, beans, pico de gallo and I had a choice of grilled chicken, steak, braised pork or Mexican sausage. I opted for the steak and it was terrific! Any of the additional items cost $1.00 extra, so my cost was $5.95. This more-than-filling selection was great a second day when I was rushing about the garden.

Their appetizer collection was intriguing with selections from Ensalada de Pollo, a grilled chicken breast with assorted grilled vegetables on a bed of romaine lettuce at $6.95 to Pozole, which is a traditional Mexican stew simmered broth with chile ancho, herbs and hominy at $5.

And here is one burrito I must try next time, Chicken Pibil. It is stuffed with rice, beans, pico de gallo, cheese, shredded chicken blended with fresh orange, tomatoes and mild chili sauce ($6.25).

Olé is open for dinner. A few more selections include: Camarones al Mojo de Ajo, jumbo shrimps sautéed in olive oil, garlic and mild chipotle sauce at $11.95; Carnitas, marinated shredded pork with herbs and spices topped with pickled onions, $10.95; Legumbres en pipian, Oaxaqueño vegetable stew with squash, zucchini, carrots, cactus and eggplant in pumpkin seed, $10.95. Other choices include burritos, Mexican pizzas, enchiladas and quesadillas.

This restaurant does not have a liquor license yet, but expects to get one soon. The food definitely makes it a "must eat here" attraction at this time.

2002 The Carlisle Mosquito