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We recently took a weekend road trip to Oklahoma City where we met up with my family. For dinner on Saturday night, everyone wanted Mexican food. We discovered a place near our hotel named Ted’s Cafe Escondido. When we got there, we found the parking lot overflowing and a wait to be seated, even though it was only about 6:15. I took this to be a good sign because usually a long wait means delicious food. And I am happy to say that Ted’s did not disappoint. I later learned that they have several locations throughout Oklahoma and Kansas City. This is my review of Ted’s Cafe Escondido.
As I said above, there are actually several locations throughout Oklahoma. You can find a Ted’s Cafe in Lawton, Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Norman, Del City, and Edmond. There are also three locations in Oklahoma City and three more in Kansas City. We ate at the North OKC location. It was pretty easy to find, even though we were not familiar with the area. While there is a dedicated parking lot, it is not huge and was filled to the brim when we arrived. Luckily, there was a strip mall across the street that was closed. We parked in that lot, along with many other people. We had a party of 12 the night we visited Ted’s. Even with such a large party, we only waited about 30 minutes until they were able to seat us at two tables next to each other.
The food at Ted’s Cafe is delicious. It is simple and straightforward Tex-Mex food. They started us off with chips, salsa, queso, and warm flour tortillas. While chips and salsa are pretty standard complimentary offerings at Mexican food restaurants, it is not often that you are given free tortillas. And this is the first time I have ever seen a restaurant provide free queso, which was really good by the way. Ted’s offers a variety of standard Mexican dishes including quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Chris had the fajita salad. My mom and I got the mini quesadillas and nachos, and my dad got enchiladas. Everyone seemed to enjoy their meals.
There wasn’t a lot of fancy flair to the food. It was just plain good. At the end of our meal, our server brought out complimentary sopapillas! Another surprise! Who doesn’t like free appetizers and free dessert?!?! The sopapillas were warm with just the right amount of sweetness. It definitely was a great way to top off a fabulous meal. For a more in-depth look at the menu, click here.
I really liked the decor in Ted’s Cafe. There were fabric awnings hanging over most of the tables with colorful chandeliers. The curtains also had brightly colored stripes. Unlike a lot of Mexican restaurants, it was very brightly lit in Ted’s. I like this because you could not only see what you were eating but could easily see the people at the next table. Instead of being garish, the lighting was done in such a way that it gave the whole restaurant a festive feel. It felt like you were at a party instead of eating an intimate date night meal. Since we were with a large group of family and friends, this was perfect for us! This is definitely a place where you can feel comfortable taking your kids and not worrying about them disturbing the people around you.
I thought the prices at Ted’s were very reasonable. Our bill for 7 of us, with Chris drinking two beers, was only $71. I thought this was very affordable, especially considering the free appetizers and sopapillas. This is a great place for a night out with the family if you are in the Oklahoma City area.
Ted’s Cafe Escondido is a chain of family-friendly Tex-Mex restaurants in Oklahoma. The place is bright, warm, and filled with happy diners. Ted’s creates the feeling of a party where you are surrounded by all of your favorite friends and family. The service is great. The food is wonderful and reasonably priced. They give you free chips, salsa, queso, tortillas, and sopapillas. Our entire party was very happy with our meal at Ted’s Cafe. It is a great place to go with a large group of people or just your immediate family. No worries about taking the kids here. This is a perfect place to take them out to eat too. I highly recommend trying Ted’s Cafe if you are in the Oklahoma City area or near one of the other locations. I hope you enjoyed this review of Ted’s Cafe Escondido. Happy travels!