Carnitas Taco

All Day Happy Hour: Ola Mexican Kitchen

We have finally returned to Pacific City which you may remember from my Bear Flag “Happy Hour” Adventure a while back ago. Pacific City is located in Huntington Beach and is a great outdoor mall with great shops and even better dining. This time around I am going to Ola Mexican Kitchen, as you may recall is the sister restaurant to Palapa.

Chips and Salsa

Any good start to a Mexican dining experience would not be complete without a basketful of fresh tortilla chips and salsa. The seasoning on these tortilla chips is unlike most other chips that I have had because instead of the typical salt, this has some spiced seasoning which gives it a little extra punch of flavor. The fresh salsa helps to extend the flavor of the spices to bring on a refreshing invigorating experience.

Menu

The food items on Happy Hour range anywhere from $6 to $12. It’s all of your typical Mexican food options from nachos to guacamole and tacos.  However, the cheapest thing being a single taco I believe it is a bit overpriced just for one taco. 

Drinks are offered anywhere from $6 to $10 so depending on what is quenching your thirst then you may have a different priced experience. If you are looking for your margaritas then you will be spending money on the higher end of the spectrum.

Cucumber Jalapeño Margarita

After having some tortilla chips I was getting a little thirsty so I needed to get my marg on! I went with the cucumber jalapeño margarita to quench my thirst as I eat more chips and salsa. The citrusy lime juice of the margarita helped blend well with the heat of the jalapeño. I find spicy drinks work a lot better when you have something refreshing to help counterbalance the heat. In this case, the cucumbers were what allowed this drink not to be overly spicy.

Cadillac Margarita

Next up just had to be another margarita. Although I wasn’t looking for just a classic margarita, I needed to up the ante with a Cadillac margarita. The Grand Marnier helps to give it an extra kick with some extra booze. This is a good drink to end the night because anything more than this would just be overkill. I’m grateful that you get a lot of bang for your buck with the height of the glass and all of its contents.

Gucamole

The guacamole came out in its vibrant green glory with speckles of seaweed and a single Ola iconic seasoned chip. Besides the guacamole being creamy as all guacamole is there wasn’t much else going on for this guacamole. There was hardly any flavor in this appetizer. No fresh citrus flavor from the lime juice or no onions to give it a little strength in flavor. If this was seasoned better then maybe I would have enjoyed it more.

Carnitas Taco

Even though this was a $6 taco I do have to say this was one tasty carnitas taco. The meat itself was packed with that flavor you get when you slow-braised pork shoulder which helps cook in its juices. Given this technique, each bite you take allows the juices in the meat to spill into your mouth to coat all of your taste buds.

The microgreens that top the taco make sure you are getting some freshness and some healthy intake. The tomatillo salsa continues the trend of that fresh flavor to give it a pop of acidity. As always it’s important to have a corn tortilla to hold all of these ingredients in one hand.

Carne Asada Taco

A taco should never be by itself so a second taco had to be brought into the equation. This one was a carne asada taco with meat that was tender and had a bit of spice. The Chile de Arbol is what brought on the spice but luckily the queso fresco brought on a cooling effect and brought in a bit of saltiness. The avocado cream brought in some nice creamy flavor that you would get from some guacamole.

Ola Quesadilla

The item that I always get whenever I do Happy Hour here is the Ola Quesadilla. This quesadilla utilizes chihuahua cheese, which is a soft Mexican melting cheese to create that iconic cheese stretch. The quesadilla has a nice golden crust on the outside for a good crispy bite.

Chorizo is one of my favorite things because of the flavor and the spice that it provides to any dish. However, what makes this quesadilla iconic is the use of crispy fried french fries. I have had french fries in a burrito but this is the only place that I have seen them used in a quesadilla. Is this the healthiest dish to have? No. However, when it comes to Happy Hour you tend to indulge yourself in good food and drinks.

Website: Ola Mexican Kitchen

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Since Ola’s has french fries in their quesadillas I wanted to ask. What is the craziest food combination you have had?

Let me know down below in the comments and share with friends who would enjoy this Happy Hour.

May the adventures continue! Cheers!

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