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Ramirez Mexican Store & Tortilla Factory

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Does Ramirez serve up the best Mexican food in the Olympia area? So we have been told, and so we believe, but what does that actually mean? I realize that comes off as somewhat whiny right up front, even though it really isn’t what I’m going for (this time). Let me treat you to an explanation…

Ramirez is good–very good, even–and I will gladly go there anytime of the day. It’s Mexican food done right. Grab a torta and you get what you should expect: Nice fresh bread with just a pinch of sweetness to it (kind of like me, really), topped with your choice of deli meat. Add some onion and cilantro, and you got a good sandwich going.

You might be expecting a but here, and don’t worry, it will come, but bear with me…

I mentioned the deli, and it is one I’m a fan of. Grabbing some tacos or whatever is always fun, but picking up some asada and/or lengua by the pound, that is one of those special feelings in any person’s life. Toss in some tortillas and salsas, and you can throw together those tacos at home, all to suit your own needs. It’s a beautiful thing, a man, a woman, and a bucket of carnitas.

But… Actually, no, not quite yet.

The fact that you can get both fresh tamales and menudo is another plus. It’s not that either are particularly out of the ordinary as a whole, but you don’t often find too many good examples of them around town, either.

Which brings me to the and that’s the thing:

Ramirez is very good, but is it best in town-type good? I’m not so sure. That says less about Ramirez, really, than it does about Olympia. Ramirez would be considered a very good spot in most cities, but it doesn’t have that “oh my good god, it’s so one of a kind” factor you often times find elsewhere.

Is Ramirez the best Mexican place in town? Many say so, and we have an inkling they might be right. Do you, our three readers, disagree? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram–we genuinely want to be proven wrong here!

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