Cafe Ole is located in my favorite area of Memphis: the Cooper Young District. Right next door to Young Avenue Deli, right on the corner of Cooper and Young, is this Mexican-American infusion restaurant with some of the best margaritas in town.
I have had a couple bad experiences at Cafe Ole in the past, but I was willing to give it another shot. The service has always been great, but the food has always been sub-par. This experience has changed my mind though.
We walked in on a Tuesday night at 6pm, and the place was half empty. The hostess told me to sit wherever I felt and she would follow with menus. We sat down and were greeted within a couple of minutes by Hunter, who was cool. I asked if they had a beer list, and he said the beer fluctuates a lot so they don’t. They have the same draft beers, and a huge selection of bottled. I ordered a Dos XX, which came to me in a frosty cold mug.
We ordered some white cheese dip to start. The great thing about the cheese dip here is that you can either get white or yellow, and you have the choice of adding spinach or chorizo to either. I was recommended by someone on Four Square to get the white cheese dip with spinach, so that is what we got. It was delicious. Scott told me he was skeptical when I ordered it, but he thought it was “a nice touch” too.
For dinner, we split the bacon-wrapped shrimp and a plate of nachos. The nachos were pretty good, but nothing special. However, the bacon-wrapped shrimp were AMAZING. They are possibly one of the best appetizers I have ever had. I took one bite, sank back into my chair, and declared, “Oh my god these are soo good!”
They are jumbo shrimp, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in two pieces of bacon, and deep fried, served with a side of bbq sauce. Oh my god. Warning: You might have a heart attack after consuming, but man it would so be worth it.
Though I did not consume any margaritas on this round, I highly recommend them when you go in. They are delicous. Cafe Ole also has this wonderful thing called Margarita Monday, where margaritas are 2 for 1 ALL DAY.
Cafe Ole also has wonderful happy hour deals all week long. From 4-7 you can get different drink and appetizer specials, depending on the day. They also do brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. You can find these different deals on the calender on the website. Since we went on a Tuesday, my beer was discounted and all of our appetizers, minus the shrimp, were half off. With the discount, our tab ended up being $22.00, which was $10.00 off the original price.
Overall, I recommend skipping the fish tacos (not good) and nachos (average), and enjoying some bacon-wrapped shrimp and a few margaritas on the patio. This patio is what the place is known for, and it is consistently voted among the top patios in the city.
Below, Denise talks about her experiences bartending at Cafe Ole.