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“Mesquite carne asada -- Well worth looking for”

Ole Rico Mexican Steakhouse
Ranked #680 of 1,990 Restaurants in Tucson
Cuisines: Mexican, Steakhouse
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Arlington
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3 reviews
“Mesquite carne asada -- Well worth looking for”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We came upon this by accident as we were looking for Mr. K's BBQ, which relocated 3 yrs ago from Ole's location. (We got to meet both Adrian, owner of Ole, and Mr. K. here, so we head the full story! --> Mr. K. explained that he set his son up to continue his business at a different location, but since people keep coming back to this location looking for his BBQ, he will team up with Ole to provide smoe BBQ on the menu soon as well.)

Okay--I ate the steak burrito @$3 which is almost entirely mesquite-grilled steak, with some shredded cabbage and mild salsa/sauce. As Adrian says, "we don't hide the meat with other things" (like beans, rice, cheese, etc.) I simply never had carne asada so good. Rest of family munched a couple of beef ribs (costilla) tentatively, but then each ordered seconds revenously. Horchada was probably the best I have ever had. I do not usually crave it b/c it is always so weak elsewhere, but after trying my wife's, i finished hers!

Adrian was very happy to chat up his menu items, and obviously puts in great effort on his preparation, which backs up his pride in the food.

While we sat and ate our meal, nearly a dozen folks came in to get their orders to go--usually large bags' full. Not being a native spanish speaker, I did not hear what they were ordering that they seemed to be regular customers for.

The place has John Wayne poster, historic display of barbed wire types, saddles, and other old west memorabilia in relaxed casual atmosphere, with simpe paper towel roll on each table to help with the homemade BBQ sauce.

Adrian serves tacos only a couple nights a week in order to, as he says, get people in to try the steak. Get past a taco craving, and let Adrian describe his menu items to you--even a large quesadilla wth steak on it--and you will not regret it!

  • Visited July 2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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“Love the food in this place!!”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

Very Delicious food and good price.. Love the salsa!! I also like how they are open late just when your out of clubbing ;)

  • Visited December 2013
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“New Place worth visiting”
Reviewed 8 January 2014

Torta and burrito were both very good and fairly priced. It is spotless on the inside and the owners are a lot of fun. We will be back

  • Visited January 2014
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