The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
On the fence.
1st experience = very tasty, filling and inexpensive, 2nd experience = less well made, felt more greasy.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
I spotted this place because their sandwich board outside was announcing their evening happy hour. I walked in and the place was packed; you can order to-go (which I did) or eat in, they have enough tables to accommodate the lunch crowd. This is a casual Mexican restaurant with little décor. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and close at 8 p.m. This review is based on one burrito so I can’t speak to the authenticity of the restaurant but if you are looking for a cheaper lunch with big portions, Orale Orale is a good choice.
What I ate:
- Chile Relleno Burrito ($7.95)
(Since a burrito wrapped in foil doesn’t seem like the ideal picture, I decided not to add one. I hope my description does it justice.)
For those who aren’t familiar with chile rellenos, they are one of my favorite Mexican dishes. Traditionally, it is a roasted poblano chile that is stuffed with whatever you choose (my favorite and the most common is cheese – often a mix of a few different types), coated in an egg mixture, fried and served over rice, which is then all covered in a tomato sauce. Now take all of this goodness and imagine it in the middle of a burrito with guacamole, sour cream, lettuce, beans and a side of salsa. I mean you are pretty much asking for a heart attack. When I saw that on the menu I could already taste it! Despite the fact that the restaurant was full and there was a line of people who had ordered before me, I got my food in under 10 minutes. And just as quickly I had sat down at a nearby table and started devouring. I was very happy to find that it was just as I had imagined, the flavors went well together and even though I knew I was probably consuming a week worth of calories, it did not feel heavy or greasy. I was quite satisfied, every bite let out an “ooze” of cheese, which made it pretty easy to finish. I was happy and very full!
I enjoyed my burrito so much that I found myself at Orale Orale the following week. I ordered the same thing (chile relleno burrito to-go)… I was super excited! I sat at my favorite bench to enjoy it and it wasn’t until I was half way through that the disappointment completely set in. The burrito was definitely not made with as much care as the first time (though they didn’t seem any busier this time around). The fried coating on the chile relleno was super thick, the chile wasn’t that big, and all of the extra toppings (sour cream, lettuce, beans and rice) seemed to overwhelm the small, main ingredient. It just felt sloppily put together and was way messier to eat this time around. I would probably return, with slight hesitation, but the first time was so good that I am inclined to let it overshadow my second experience.
If you find yourself at Orale Orale, I hope your meal is like my first one (tasty and filling)!