Orale Tacos Mexican Grill opened this week on Blackwood-Clementon Road in Gloucester Township, across from Highland High School. Delicious Mexican food with authentic homemade tortillas and much more!
I stopped by yesterday and caught up with the chef and co-owner Jorge who really went out of his way to give me a great food sample of his delicious creations!
Keep scrolling down to see photos of all the amazing creations! This is one of my deeper menu dives that I’m sharing with readers!
Their menu is online, but seriously, since you’re here in this article…check out the pictures below!
I always say the best part of researching and writing the 42Freeway site is the amazing people I get to meet…and Jorge Reyes is truly one of them. A kind and kind-hearted soul, eager to cook delicious food for the community.
It was just a month ago that I let readers know that Orale Tacos were coming. In that post I mentioned how I walked into the back kitchen area (before they were open) and not only was greeted with big smiles from everyone there, they gave me a refreshing drink on a very hot day.
At the time, Chef Jorge and staff were working on interior design details to transform the space from its former life as a seafood restaurant (Keep it Shrimple) into a Mexican-themed experience.
And they’ve done a great job of changing the wall coverings, paint and more to bring you a little bit of Mexico into the dining area.
The end result is a relaxed and authentic looking Mexican restaurant interior with food that makes you feel like you are sitting in a local Guadalajara eatery.
Keep scrolling because I tried a lot of food from their menu and I’m sharing my experience and pictures.
Jorge has worked in some of Philadelphia’s best-known restaurants in the genre, including El Vez and Cuba Libra…. so you should expect great things from the food. And the chef and staff deliver!
Orale Tacos Mexican Grill is a BYOB restaurant and they are working on a program where they can have margarita “fixings” for BYOT (Bring-Your-Own-Tequila) margaritas. Contact Orale for details.
They are closed on Mondays. Check their website or Facebook page for the latest.
They also offer ordering via Doordash, Grubhub and Menufy
Oral Tacos is also hiring! Like most restaurants in the area, finding staff is a big challenge. So if you’re interested, stop by.
Previously, this location was home to “Keep it Shrimple”, which opened in 2021 but closed earlier in 2022.
Authentic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist
Appetizers, mains, desserts… I tried everything across the board.
And straight up… everything was authentic and delicious!
Chef Jorge says he offers authentic Mexican cuisine prepared in traditional styles. He even imported a tortilla machine so they can make them all in-house! It’s really authentic and fresh.
But he also adds some modern touches that everyone will also appreciate.
So I got a full sample of the entire menu at Orale Tacos Mexican Grill.. and honestly, if you’re there on a date or even a group of four, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to just follow my list down the line . Maybe add some tacos or soup?
I started with a starter of Flautitas de Pollo. This is a rolled crispy taco filled with chicken, tinga, crema, guaca-aalsa, queso fresco and lettuce. Absolutely delicious!
And they looked as beautiful as they tasted! Or is it.. they tasted as good as they looked! Well, that really is a common theme with their food!
Shrimp Gringa Quesadillas were next. Made from homemade flour tortillas, they include achiote marinated citrus shrimp, queso mixto and roasted pineapple!!! This really took my mind to a beach in Cancun!
And things were just getting started!
Next up was the Crab & Shrimp Salpicon! Another beautiful dish… very “Instagrammable” ha!
This is really a great looking dish and it’s just full of flavor from the fresh crab, delicious shrimp… nestled in an avocado puree, aji amarillo sauce… and tomatoes and cilantro to top it off.
Still in the warm-up phase, next were the empanadas!
Empanadas de la Abuela to be exact, which include each of chicken, picadillo (beef) and hongos (mushrooms)
Each of the three varieties has its own recipe. Chicken contains corn and hack cheese. Piccadillo offers tomato, onion and potatoes for the ground beef. Hongos are wild mushrooms, onions and Oaxaca cheese
And for the grand event entrée of my visit to Orale Tacos Mexican Grill? Snap!
This is a grilled skirt steak served on top of chipotlemo potatoes, grilled asparagus and topped with wild mushrooms with chimichurri sauce.
The steak was perfectly cooked and seasoned. Asparagus had the snap of crunch that you would expect. And the chipotle mashed potatoes…
Wow. It really was a fantastic main course.
Save room for dessert at Orale Tacos!
So, as you can imagine, I’m incredibly stuffed at this point.
But of course Orales and the team also make fantastic desserts!
Not just one dessert… TWO!
Vanilla Flan and Pan De Elote from Santiago!
The vanilla flan looks like it was brought to me from the pages of a food magazine.
If you’ve never had flan before, Orales Tacos is the place to try it. Perfectly made baked custard topped with a caramel cream sauce.
Pan de Elote de Santiago is a corn cake with vanilla ice cream. It came out delicious and unique as it has a denser texture! Sweet and delicious.
It would be worth it to stop in Orale Taco just for the desserts, ha! But yes, you must also try the amazing starters, main courses and much more!
I really can’t say enough about my experience at Orale Tacos.
From the decor to the food, and of course Jorge and his excellent staff.
Thank you for the fantastic meal and experience
Links and location
Oral Tacos Mexican Grill
1669 Blackwood Clementon Rd
Blackwood, NJ 08012