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Expat wanderer

Taqueria Olgy in Pensacola

Some of our friends have no idea what life is like in places like Qatar and Kuwait, it’s like they think we lived in tents in the desert. They don’t know about all the sky scraping apartment blocks, the spacious villas – and they don’t know about the ubiquity of take-out food and good restaurants. We could find almost everything we wanted, and reveled in the variety, the only thing we could not get was genuine Mexican food. You could go to Chili’s or Taco Bell, but for the real deal? No where.

So in Pensacola, we are blessed to have several very good Mexican restaurants, the Cal-Mex and the Tex-Mex kind, where sour cream and lettuce and guacamole bless every plate, but every now and then, we look for where the Mexicans are eating – and we found a new one, well, new to us, and not too far away.


Taqueria Olgy is in a small strip mall just south of Beverly on “W” street. It’s the first mall on your left as you drive south and you had better keep your eyes wide open or you will miss it; the signage is not that significant.


Inside, it is very spacious, maybe two strip mall sections that have merged, lots of booths, and lots of loyal customers. The menus are in English, and there are photos everywhere to help you choose. We were there at lunch and had the lunch specials. I haven’t had a chile relleno for a long time, so I choose the #1 special, a chili relleno and a taco (you could choose the kind of meat) Al Pastore. Oh YUMMMMM.




AdventureMan had the taco plate and said his was also really good. He liked it so much that while I was with the group last week, he went back and had the soup of the day and the #1 chile relleno with taco that I had.


We are still huge Taco Rock fans, but hey, it’s August, the temperatures are in the soaring and searing mode, and Taqueria Olgys is also well air conditioned. We feel so blessed to have such great authentic places to choose from.

Now, if only a good Ethiopian restaurant would come to Pensacola . . . πŸ˜‰

August 26, 2014 - Posted by | Cultural, Eating Out, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Restaurant


  1. You made me laugh. Both my daughters, after living in the supreme foodie city of Portland, keep saying “if only there was a good Ethiopian restaurant in town.” The older is still looking in Salt Lake City but the younger knows there is no such thing in the greater Olympia area.

    Comment by momcatwa | August 26, 2014 | Reply

    • I know there are several in Seattle . . . there is a large Ethiopian community I think near Cherry on the lake Washington side, also a couple in the north suburbs and I think I’ve seen a couple along 99 near the airport πŸ™‚ A drive, but not a fur piece πŸ™‚

      Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2014 | Reply

    • The closest here is in New Orleans or Atlanta – it’s been a long while . . . I really like Ethiopian food.

      Comment by intlxpatr | August 27, 2014 | Reply

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