A long-time well-known Texas restaurant, Casa Olé has been on the scene for more than four decades. Recognized for its catchy jingle, fair prices and free ice cream, the restaurant's culture made a name for itself almost overnight.
The history behind Casa Olé is what makes it such a cornerstone within the classic Tex Mex arena. However, the quality of the food has been declining over the years, at least at Houston's Murphy Road location.
The lunch menu, containing many items and combinations for less than $10, offers classic selections including enchiladas, tacos, quesadillas and other quick pick favorites.
The taco salad, which comes with choice of soup, consisted of ground beef, shredded lettuce, cheese and diced tomatoes. (The dish arrived with poor presentation; the taco bowl arrived already deconstructed.) The ground beef lacked flavor; even adding salt did little to bring out the "meaty" taste that's expected in a taco dish.
An add-on, a flat, queso tostada, made for a helpful break from a lunch that lacked flavor.
The soup, made with chicken, corn, shredded cheese, onions and tomatoes, also lacked flavor.
This long-time favorite restaurant just didn't meet expectations and has miles to go to return to the sizzling flavor that propelled it into the growing giant of Mexican Restaurants.