No Way, Olé

The folks at Olé Olé are very nice — they just don’t cook very well

But at least, like the rather decent versions of fajitas -- "the meal you can hear!" -- nachos and huevos rancheros are appropriate dishes to find in a place that calls itself a Mexican grill. Not so the tuna dip, which the menu freely acknowledges is an anomaly: "We don't know what the heck tuna dip is doing with Mexican food...." Ditto. I'm also not sure why it was served without any accompaniments (cucumber or carrots would work) or even a plate under the small bowl of tuna purée. What the heck indeed.

So-called "Cuban favorites" also proved disenchanting. Bistec milanesa was a thin, tough strip of steak battered, fried, smeared with tomato sauce, and practically gift-wrapped with cheese. Served with flavorless black beans and white rice, the steak congealed a little too quickly for my tastes. The Mexican pizza, a starter, followed suit. The fried flour tortilla was layered with ground beef and tomatoes, then lidded with a block of melted and reformed cheese and a sprinkling of mushrooms, green peppers, and scallions. I've always liked the idea of Mexican pizza, one of those cross-cultural inventions that somehow works when done well, but this time, I was a little thrown by the mushrooms and a crust so soggy it rivaled Domino's.

Olé Olé needs to cut the cheese
Michael McElroy
Olé Olé needs to cut the cheese

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Ole Ole Mexican Grill and Cantina

8100 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324

Category: Restaurant > Mexican

Region: Davie/West Hollywood

Details

Lunch and dinner daily from 11:30 a.m. till 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday till midnight. Call 954-527-5969.
300 SW First Ave., Las Olas Riverfront, Fort Lauderdale

Having overdosed on the high calorics, we skipped dessert in favor of a Patron margarita, Olé Olé's saving grace and a welcome way to, well, cut the cheese. As far as saving Riverfront goes, however, Olé Olé, along with Cascades, looks like a wash.

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