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Carlos O'Kelly's in Ames on Lincoln Way is a well-known Tex-Mex restaurant, offering a relaxed atmosphere with a flavorful menu. The laid-back atmosphere and great menu options allow guests to focus on what matters: the awesome food.
Thanks to its outdoor seating, Carlos O'Kelly's is a great option when the Great Plains weather is cooperating. Also, most folks will agree that the restaurant is defined by its margarita. No specific attire is required, so feel free to dress casually and comfortably.
At some point, everyone should try the garlic sauce, as it's frequently raved about. For those who are interested, the robust menu features items that are gluten-free, healthy, low-fat, organic, and vegetarian. In addition to its quick service (take-out is available), the restaurant also offers delivery, and can even cater an event for you. Or, if you just want to stop by for a beverage, the restaurant has a good selection at its bar.
A dependable favorite in South Ames Business, a trip to Carlos O'Kelly's is definitely worthwhile. Don't worry about trying to find a spot on the street, as visitors to the restaurant do have access to a private parking lot nearby.