Cuisine: Mexican, Kids Menu
Restaurant Features: Banquet, Bar, Catering, Happy Hour Specials, On-Site Parking,
Location: Roseville, MN
Address: 1754 Lexington Ave North St Paul, MN, 55113 (651) 487-2847
Hours: Kitchen: 11a-Midnight Bar : 11a-2a
Atmosphere: Located just off Hwy 36 in Roseville, Ol’ Mexico is easy to get to from either Mpls or St Paul. Ol’ Mexico has been open since 1979 and is an enchanting restaurant that is quite reminiscent of its namesake. The restaurant itself is quite large with many different seating areas, the center if which is a beautiful indoor courtyard complete with a fountain at its center.
In the areas surrounding the central courtyard there are two tiers of additional seating. The lower level has large round tables within semi-private alcoves that are perfect for parties of eight. The lighting is dim and romantic throughout the entire restaurant.
Ol’ Mexico also has a large open bar area with great Happy Hour drink specials and a taco bar every Friday. There is also Karaoke ever Thursday night from 9p-1a and nightly Buzztime Interactive Trivia. There are also several HD TVs that play local games and ALL NFL Football games, as well as Nascar races.
The Bar also has a Dining area with tables to seat around fifty or so. The lighting is just as dim as the rest of the restaurant but it just doesn’t have the same ambiance as the more formal dining room.
Menu: Appetizers at Ol’ Mexico include Nachos, Black Ben Nachos, Fresh Guacamole & Chips, Shrimp Cocktail, Mexi Wings, Chile Verde with Flour Crisps, Taquitos and Chile con Queso.
Salads offered are the Taco Salad, Tostada Salad, Grilled Chicken with Raspberry Walnut Vinaigrette, Caesar, Santa Fe Chopped Salad, and Dinner Salad.
Ol’ Mexico has a “Eating Fit” menu as well that includes Spinach Salad (with chicken or salmon), Grilled Marinated Salmon with Steamed Asparagus, Grilled Chicken Breast with Steamed Vegetables, and Lettuce Burger Wrap.
Burgers and sandwiches at Ol’ Mexico are Cheeseburger, BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger, Mexican Sandwich and Veggie Sandwich.
Entrees include Four Cheese Quesadilla, Steak or Chicken Fajita Quesadilla, Pocket Taco Enchilada Style, Pocket Taco Platter, Chimichangas (choice of ground beef, ground chicken, spicy seafood, shredded beef and bbq beef), Sizzling Fajita Platter, Southwestern Spicy Seafood Enchiladas, Diablo Shrimp tacos, Pollo Fundido, Grande Burro, Macho Burro, Fajita Burro, Bean & Veggie Burrito.
There are number of combination Mexican dinners and you can also create your own combo.
Grilled Entrees include 14 ox t-Bone Steak, Fresh Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa, Fresh Grilled Tilapia covered in Jumbo Shrimp, Grilled steak, Chicken, Shrimp or Vegetable Skewers.
Desserts at Ol’ Mexico include Mexican Fried Ice Cream, Brownie Sundae, Fresh Strawberry Shortcake, Chocolate Caramel Lava Cake, Fresh Fruit Plate, and Fresh Strawberry and Banana with sweet cream, walnuts, raisins and coconut.
Kids Menu includes Chicken Strips, Chhese Melts, Taco, Mexi Dog and Hamburger.
Price guide: Appetizers $4-8 Salads $9-13 Sandwiches $10 Entrees $10-16 Grilled Entrees $15-17 Desserts $ 7-8 Kids Menu $5
What I ordered: My visit to Ol’ Mexico was during Happy Hour so I took advantage of the 2-for-1 special and ordered peach margaritas. These are so amazing!!! They are the best peach margaritas I have had anywhere. They use some sort of fruit syrup for all of their fruit margaritas (other choices include strawberry, raspberry, watermelon, wild berry, blue raspberry, pomegranate, banana, melon) and they are packed with tartness and flavor. The chips were also very good, warm and freshly fried to a crispy golden brown. I am not sure if my taste buds were off on this visit, but I did not care for the salsa as it tasted way too salty and not very spicy. The chips and the margaritas made up for the salsa though!
For dinner I made my own combo with a Chile Relleno, a Cheese Enchilada and Mexican Rice. This was a great choice! The Chile Relleno was stuffed with shredded beef and cheddar cheese then breaded and fried and baked with cheese on top. The beef was tender and was seasoned to give it a lot of flavor, especially when paired with the spice of the pepper. The enchilada was stuffed with cheddar and topped with enchilada sauce and even more melted cheese. Rice was decent.
My companion had the build your own combo as well, with ground beef hard corn taco and ground beef enchilada. The ground beef was only slightly seasoned and very boring, and had several pieces of onion mixed in with it. Would rather have had the shredded beef than the ground beef. The beans were good.
Service: My companion and I met at Ol’ Mexico around 3:30 on a snowy Tuesday afternoon and the happy hour crowd was only just beginning to arrive. We were seated in the bar area although had we been given the option, I would have preferred any of the tables in the courtyard or formal dining room. Our server was nice and was great about letting us know that the Happy Hour specials included 2-for-1s on all their drinks. Food came really fast.
Overall Impression: Ol’ Mexico is one of the few restaurants I ate at while growing up and it was always considered my family’s “favorite” Mexican restaurant in the 80’s and 90’s. In the past decade I have come to eat better Mexican food at other restaurants, but I still love the charm and atmosphere of Ol’ Mexico in Roseville. The fruity margaritas are so good and the 2-for-1 happy hour drink specials are a pretty good deal.