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Ok Patron Fajita Bar in Perrysburg

Has anyone been to this place yet?

created by Foodie on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:17:07 pm     Food     Comments: 41

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Never heard of it, but looks like they had their grand opening 10/10/10.

With a name like Patron, I am curious.

posted by Ryan on Oct 13, 2010 at 02:22:45 pm     #  

According to info on yelp.com, it is part owned by one of the co-owners of Mi Hacienda - which makes me a bit leary to try it. I'll let someone else go first.

posted by Foodie on Oct 13, 2010 at 03:02:30 pm     #  

mmmmmmm,Patrrrrrron.....

posted by nana on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:41:18 pm     #  

lol, foodie.

posted by nana on Oct 13, 2010 at 10:41:34 pm     #  

Has anyone tried this place yet?

This place is featured on Groupon today... $10 for $20 Worth of Mexican Fare and Drinks at OK Patron Fajita Bar in Perrysburg. But I'd rather not waste the $10 if it isn't worth it.

http://www.groupon.com/toledo/deals/ok-patron-toledo?utm_campaign=UserReferral&utm_medium=email&utm_source=uu5396072

posted by wahhutch9 on Jan 10, 2011 at 09:55:52 am     #  

I'll answer my own question. Finally made it here yesterday.

Began the judging as we usually do - chips, salsa and a regular margarita on the rocks with salt. Chips were great. Salsa is amazing! Margarita was much better than expected - in fact, it was quite good. Got the house Margarita for the 1st one - not sweet, just a bit on the sour side - which is our preference. For the 2nd, I tried the top shelf Margie - way too sweet for my tastes - but, if that's what you like, go for it.
Ordered bean dip and guac for appetizers. Both were very good. In fact, the guac was excellent. For "dinner", we split the shrimp "Nachos Tostada" - also very good. It is obvious that everything is made to order - not sitting around on the steam table or pulled pre-made from the freezer or fridge and zapped in the microwave or steamer and rushed to the table within 60 seconds of ordering as it is in sooooooooooo many of the Mexican joints that have popped up all over town in the last few years.
We had a long conversation with the owner/manager/chef - Carlos. He has some great insight into what it takes to send great food out of the kitchen and he's obviously doing just that.

This is a family run operation and it shows. It was mid-afternoon and rather slow so one of the servers was off to the side actually cleaning the laminated menus with Windex. When was the last time you saw that? The restaurant and rest rooms were spotless.

Carlos told us his father comes in daily and makes the phenomenal salsa. In fact, his father showed up before we left for his daily salsa making. It is, IMHO, nothing short of incredible. I could drink it from a mug.

This place is deserving of you at least giving it a try. They are working very hard to have a Mexican restaurant that is not the same old, same old that we've come to know in Toledo.

They're on Helen Drive in Perrysburg off of route 20 across from Fricker's.

We can't wait to go back.

posted by Foodie on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:08:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

Thanks so much for reviving this thread. I forgot all about that place. Definitely will add it to my list now that the thaw has hit and we go out much more. Sounds yum!

posted by Ryan on Mar 29, 2011 at 05:24:20 pm     #  

kewl, the place that was in there before reeked, I'll def try this out now. u rock, foodie. :)

posted by nana on Mar 31, 2011 at 02:38:23 pm     #  

House margie was better than top shelf? As in better/less sweet, because I hate a sugary drink. Sounds like a visit has to happen.

posted by toledolen_ on Mar 31, 2011 at 08:11:59 pm     #  

Thanks Nana.

Toledolen: House Margie better as in not sickening sweet - which is always my preference. The top shelf is obviously made with high quality booze but, for my tastes it is waaaaaaaaay too sweet.

We just had late lunch/early dinner there this afternoon. Again, another great experience. Carlos came out and made the guac at our table - though he said in a small restaurant like his, he simply can not afford to do this all the time. Understandable. He asked me a few questions about the kind of Mexican food I like and then recommended the Mi Has burrito. You have a choice of the meat/chicken/shrimp filling. I ordered the "Al Carbon" - chicken with chorizo. It was amazing - and huge! I had to share it with my two dinner guests. Even if you went in starving and had no appetizers, I doubt you could eat it all. Aside from the meat, it had beans - NOT refried beans, and rice. Small amount of lettuce, tomato, guac and sour cream on the side. Awesome taste.

About halfway through our meal, one of my dinner guests remarked "have you noticed that with everything we've had so far, you haven't seen so much as a drop of grease?"

Even the Mi Has burrito which contained chorizo (normally quite greasy), not a spec of it.

We told Carlos' father how awesome we thought his salsa was. A few minutes later, he brought out his "Caliente' version - also very good. Then, a while later, he brought out his Habanero salsa - again, excellent. Very different, very tasty but not screaming hot.

We are definitely big fans

We also learned today that Carlos owns/operates "Good Morning Holland" on McCord Road between Airport and Angola - in a small strip mall across from Strawberry Acres. Apparently, a Cafe Marie type operation open daily until 3 though I'm sure it is far superior to CM. Can't wait to try it.

posted by Foodie on Apr 02, 2011 at 07:41:23 pm     #  

Signs on their door say that "OK Patron" means "Yes, boss" in Spanish.

On our visit, the salsa was great, the chips were crispy and flavorful (and waitress brought out fresh, warm chips before we even finished the first basket). The portions are large. It's nice to taste the various food ingredients, instead of grease and mounds of cheap cheese. Everything was very high quality. Good selection of additional salsas. Friendly staff. I will try their breakfast place in Holland -- thanks for the heads-up!

posted by viola on Apr 03, 2011 at 11:11:13 am     #  

Had the opportunity to dine at OK Patron yesterday evening. We had been considering checking it out for some time and just had to try it after Foodie's stellar review. I am definitely sold!

The food is, indeed, delicious. From the salsa to the fresh guacamole to the burritos, etc. Everything seemed to be made of fresh and quality ingredients. Every member of the staff/management was super friendly and the service was phenomenal. The only problem I could see is that if this place takes off like it should, they'll need a larger building/dining area before too long.

I HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anybody that appreciates well made food and excellent service... and who doesn't appreciate that?! I know we are looking forward to making a return trip to try the fajita bar at our earliest opportunity.

Well done OK Patron!!!!

posted by Deho on Apr 03, 2011 at 11:14:59 am     #  

Hello everyone - long time lurking - 1st time posting. After reading the post regarding OK Patron Fajita Bar, hubby and I decided to give it a try. We have a new FAVORITE Mexican restaurant. The guac was amazing, salsa incredible, food out of this world.

So amazing, in fact, that I registered on ToledoTalk and waited the required two days just so I could thank Foodie for recommending this place. Thanks! We'll definately try anyplace you recommend!!

posted by BaxtersGma on Apr 03, 2011 at 07:31:46 pm     #  

Foodie, don't do this to me! Why did you have to reopen this thread? After 37 confirmed trips to San Marco's in 5 months I don't need to know there is other good food out there. Now I have to give this place a try...

posted by Danneskjold on Apr 03, 2011 at 09:53:32 pm     #  

HIya, we went Friday night and were very impressed. I always get Carne Asada tacos first time so that I can compare each place on the same scale, and these are my fave so far, mostly due to the awesome little pot of sauce that comes with them. This was thick and slightly chunky, not smooth and oily with a few seeds floating in it like some I've had, and hot, just killer enough. Soninlaw had the chicken Mihas burrito and liked it and took half of it home. The Hub had chicken fajitas and like it and brought 2/3 of it home, lol. He can't hang. Daughter had the veggie quesadilla and liked it a lot but it had a bit too much melted cheese for her taste. We had the house margies first and she would have liked it a little sweeter, I liked it just fine. We waited and had Patron margies with the last half of the meal and they were a little sweet for my overall taste, but just right after the heat. No appetizer and no dessert, but I tasted her guac and it's very good. She and I are going back, the boys will if we ask them to, lol.

The people at the table next to us were there for the first time, too, (didn't ask if they were TT) and the woman closest to us got the grilled pineapple with the shrimp in it, can't remember the name. We were leaving as they brought it out so I have no idea if she liked it, but it was impressive.

Thanks, Foodie!

posted by nana on Apr 03, 2011 at 11:43:44 pm     #  

I had a chance to stop in this weekend. The guacamole and salsa were excellent. Same with the queso fundido and bean dip. The shredded chicken was very flavorful and not overcooked. The burrito dishes are easily big enough for two. Red sauce was delicious. Overall it was a great time and the food was awesome.

I think that OK Patron might be a bit similar to some of the other Mexican places around town, and that might turn off some. Execution, quality of ingredients, and value surely beats the others though. I will be returning soon. I really want to get something "al carbon" like Foodie mentioned next time, or maybe the grilled pinapple nana mentioned.

posted by brainswell on Apr 04, 2011 at 02:22:29 pm     #  

Wow! You folks rock! Thanks for giving them a try - I knew you wouldn't be disappointed.

As for me, I'm trying to figure out how I can work another trip to OK Patron into this week's schedule. Can't wait to get back there.

As we were leaving Saturday, the table next to us was being served shrimp fajitas - they looked and smelled amazing. I haven't stopped thinking about them.........

posted by Foodie on Apr 05, 2011 at 05:25:32 pm     #  

Had lunch here Friday and they were very busy. Must be catching on!

posted by taxiang on Apr 09, 2011 at 03:30:15 pm     #  

had the same coupon opportunity waahutch was talking about - $20 from OK P. for $10.

we had an AWESOME meal! New favorite!! Like lots of other reviewers have said, dont let the outside fool you - it's an old Wendys, and as of last night the landscaping needed a good trimming and the lawn had gone to seed... Im sure it's a lax landlord or something, because once you're inside it's a nicely decorated cute and welcoming little mex place.

But that and $5 bucks in my eye will get you a cup of starbucks... It's the food I go to a restaurant for, and theirs is what'll keep me coming back! The salsa won the contest in the 2011 Latin festival - no small feat with the number of entries. I had the texas fajitas (steak, chicken and shrimp) and Im a big man - this place is the first place in a long long time that had me packin a doggy box on my way out!! My wife had some kind of burrito that I apologise for not remembering its name, because it was also very good - in fact the menu lists it as the owners' favorite, which is why she ordered it.

At risk of sounding like Nike - just do it!

posted by billy on Jul 09, 2011 at 08:07:25 am     #  

yah, I got 2 of those Groupons, so I'm going back at least twice more, probably with the girls from the office. :)

posted by nana on Jul 10, 2011 at 11:03:17 pm     #  

went there for the 3rd time saturday for lunch.

on a whim I tried the talapia fajitas -very different than anything else that was on the table, but I'd order it again!

posted by billy on Aug 29, 2011 at 03:38:34 pm     #  

Just an update... you can buy a $25 gift certificate to OK Patron for $12.50

https://goeatnetwork.com/share/wahhutch9/ok-patron-fajita-bar-25-00-gift-certificate-for-12-50

posted by wahhutch9 on Nov 03, 2011 at 11:49:41 am     #  

Went today. The food was very good, with the exception of the pudding with mold all over it.

posted by gamegrrl on Sep 21, 2012 at 01:15:36 pm     #  

gamegrrl, Yesterday was a home delivered garbage salad because you are limited due to health challenges and today out to the Fajita Bar.....I need these kind of lunches instead of homemade ham sandwich

posted by Hoops on Sep 21, 2012 at 01:38:00 pm     #   1 person liked this

LOL! Well, I work from home four days a week as a 'reasonable accommodation' for my disability, and I rarely have lunch when I'm home. One day a week, I go to our corporate office. I don't typically go out to lunch when I'm there, but had a rare opportunity (i.e. had the time) to tag along with some work friends today.

This is, indeed, a fortuitous week!

posted by gamegrrl on Sep 21, 2012 at 02:23:11 pm     #  

Next week, I'm sure I'll be back to a bowl of cereal or (if I'm lucky) a bologna sammich.

posted by gamegrrl on Sep 21, 2012 at 02:24:46 pm     #  

I'm sad to report that the OK Patron has closed and there is a "for sale" sign on the building. Too bad.

posted by ldr on May 21, 2013 at 07:28:00 pm     #  

OK Patron was supposed to move to 27072 Carronade Dr, which is pretty much (sort of) across the street from the old location. While we have not yet confirmed the existence of the new location, the owner (who is a wonderfully sociable guy) told us that he was moving because the landlord at the old location raised the rent. That's all I know...

posted by LetItBe on May 21, 2013 at 08:14:15 pm     #  

Are you sure? Have they cleared all this with 6thfloor and guest hero? i sure as heck would hope so. otherwise, they just dont know what they are in for. gotta check with the two peeps that have never owned anything more than a pair of wrangler jeans before you start doin' biznat round these parts.

posted by Ryan on May 21, 2013 at 09:24:42 pm     #   7 people liked this

From their facebook page they did move to Carronade and renamed it to Cocina de Carlos.

https://www.facebook.com/Mysteriochef?fref=ts

Or if I were to follow the tone of others on here... "They had failed miserably, that part of Perrysburg is a vacuous business killer, how dare they attempt to bring a new business to that area how dumb can they be don't they realize they will fail. I will personally stalk every patron of their business to get a clear accounting of every purchase made."

posted by sparky31134 on May 21, 2013 at 10:07:37 pm     #   4 people liked this

Ah ha...I did see a sign for Cocina de Carlos recently and was going to try to go and have dinner there soon. Hopefully they'll have success with their new location.

posted by ldr on May 21, 2013 at 10:14:25 pm     #  

Yes they moved across the road into the plaza back "behind" Kroger/Sears Outlet and changed names. Seems to be busier back there these days too.

Or I could follow the trend of 6th_Zero and Guest_Floor and claim this is just more flight away from downtown, since the old location is actually closer to Toledo.

posted by anonymouscoward on May 21, 2013 at 11:57:11 pm     #   3 people liked this

I need to get out in the country more, since I have no idea what you all are talking about. Do you have Amish in Perrysburg? That would be cool to see.

posted by jr on May 22, 2013 at 12:19:54 am     #  

jr posted at 12:19:54 AM on May 22, 2013:

I need to get out in the country more, since I have no idea what you all are talking about. Do you have Amish in Perrysburg? That would be cool to see.

Yup, they'll be in downtown tomorrow for the market.

posted by anonymouscoward on May 22, 2013 at 08:41:37 am     #  

jr posted at 12:19:54 AM on May 22, 2013:

I need to get out in the country more, since I have no idea what you all are talking about. Do you have Amish in Perrysburg? That would be cool to see.

Be sure to stop by the horse stable at 25 and Eckel Junction when you stop by.

posted by OnePlainPerson on May 22, 2013 at 05:20:06 pm     #  

http://www.toledofreepress.com/2013/05/30/ok-patron-owners-open-cocina-de-carlos-in-perrysburg/

Saw this on Toledo Free Press' site

posted by sparky31134 on May 31, 2013 at 08:37:37 pm     #  

Ok Patron now is Cocina de Carlos, and are located on 27072 Carronade Dr, in Perrysburg behind Panera and Kroger. With a fresh new look.

posted by okpatron on Jun 09, 2013 at 02:48:11 pm     #  

This is their facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CocinadeCarlos?ref=tn_tnmn

posted by okpatron on Jun 09, 2013 at 02:49:22 pm     #  

www.cocinadecarlos.com

posted by okpatron on Jun 09, 2013 at 02:49:45 pm     #  

Cocina de Carlos with his new Drowned Sandwich on FOX 24
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDsJiTwTXY4

posted by okpatron on Jun 09, 2013 at 02:51:08 pm     #  

Tequila Tasting on Cocina de Carlos https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=593178940702473&set=a.593178727369161.1073741831.156305621056476&type=1&theater

posted by okpatron on Jun 09, 2013 at 02:52:26 pm     #