Ted's Cafe Escondido

★★★★☆
  • 2836 NW 68th St

    Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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  • 405-848-8337

About Ted's Cafe Escondido

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Fri-Sat: 11am-9pm, Sun: 11am-8:30pm, Mon-Thu: 11am-10pm

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It may be the best for the local Oakies of OKC, but I have eaten much better Mexican food while incarcerated in a federal prison in Lompoc, CA. Seriously.

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It may be the best for the local Oakies of OKC, but I have eaten much better Mexican food while incarcerated in a federal prison in Lompoc, CA. Seriously.

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My family dined on a week day in the early afternoon. We went to Ted's based on a recommendation from a friend who said it was the best Mexican food to be had in Oklahoma. It was a busy place and quite noisy - not a place to have a pleasant conversation with friends or family. The service was outstanding and though the tables were close, there was still plenty of room to get around. Our group had a variety of dishes including both beef and chicken. The serving sizes were just right - nobody cleaned their plate and we did take home doggie bags. After being seated we were given bowls of salsa and queso cheese dip. Unlike other restaurants we were each given our own bowls and so did not need to share - double dipping anyone?. Along with the dips we were served a free bowl of pickled veggies - very tasty and not too hot. We also had to containers of hot flour tortilla's that were very tasty. The queso had a distinct flavor that I could not place at first. It was tasty, unlike many of the watered down sickly yellow looking stuff that you get from most Mexican restaurants in Oklahoma. The salsa was very good. We asked for and got some hot salsa - most green, hot salsa served in other restaurants are hot but without taste. This stuff had both tast and heat. The servers kept the chips and dips coming without our having to ask. We found the distinct flavor of the queso cheese dip was also in the rice, chicken and beef entrees but it stronger in the beef. We finally identified the taste as cumin. I asked the waitress to verify and she came back and confirmed our guess. The cumin was a bit much in the beef and quite frankly tasted really good to me but the other members of my party found it to be too overpowering and in fact blamed a general blah feeling later on to the cumin. My grandson refused to eat his beef enchilada because of the cumin taste. Ted's bent over backwards to make sure he was happy. They offered chicken strips but he settled for another enchilada without the chili - just cheese. He ate it but he was not particularly pleased with it either. The prices at Ted's are a little high. Everything on the lunch menu was $8.95 with "add an item" selections for about $3.99. I added a tamale to my burrito plate. Very good. I have eaten Mexican food all over the world, and having grown up in California I have a definete idea of what is great and what is not. I would rate Ted's at 75 on a 100 scale. However, so far it is the best I have had in Oklahoma. My family would tell you otherwise and they said that they would not go back with me if I ever decided to eat there again. All things considered, I would rather dine at Panco's Mexican Buffet and make everyone in my party happy.

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★★★☆☆

My family dined on a week day in the early afternoon. We went to Ted's based on a recommendation from a friend who said it was the best Mexican food to be had in Oklahoma. It was a busy place and quite noisy - not a place to have a pleasant conversation with friends or family. The service was outstanding and though the tables were close, there was still plenty of room to get around. Our group had a variety of dishes including both beef and chicken. The serving sizes were just right - nobody cleaned their plate and we did take home doggie bags. After being seated we were given bowls of salsa and queso cheese dip. Unlike other restaurants we were each given our own bowls and so did not need to share - double dipping anyone?. Along with the dips we were served a free bowl of pickled veggies - very tasty and not too hot. We also had to containers of hot flour tortilla's that were very tasty. The queso had a distinct flavor that I could not place at first. It was tasty, unlike many of the watered down sickly yellow looking stuff that you get from most Mexican restaurants in Oklahoma. The salsa was very good. We asked for and got some hot salsa - most green, hot salsa served in other restaurants are hot but without taste. This stuff had both tast and heat. The servers kept the chips and dips coming without our having to ask. We found the distinct flavor of the queso cheese dip was also in the rice, chicken and beef entrees but it stronger in the beef. We finally identified the taste as cumin. I asked the waitress to verify and she came back and confirmed our guess. The cumin was a bit much in the beef and quite frankly tasted really good to me but the other members of my party found it to be too overpowering and in fact blamed a general blah feeling later on to the cumin. My grandson refused to eat his beef enchilada because of the cumin taste. Ted's bent over backwards to make sure he was happy. They offered chicken strips but he settled for another enchilada without the chili - just cheese. He ate it but he was not particularly pleased with it either. The prices at Ted's are a little high. Everything on the lunch menu was $8.95 with "add an item" selections for about $3.99. I added a tamale to my burrito plate. Very good. I have eaten Mexican food all over the world, and having grown up in California I have a definete idea of what is great and what is not. I would rate Ted's at 75 on a 100 scale. However, so far it is the best I have had in Oklahoma. My family would tell you otherwise and they said that they would not go back with me if I ever decided to eat there again. All things considered, I would rather dine at Panco's Mexican Buffet and make everyone in my party happy.

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Want to be disrespected and have your meal ruined? then run right down to Ted's Espcondido's on south Western and let the unruly kids ruin your meal and the management will let them stay and ruin the whole sections meal!!! Love the place but wont stand to let anyone direspect me and have management back THEM!!!! Puking... sounds, mmmmm' Goes good w all the food going down huh? very appetizing. Love the food but wont return.
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★☆☆☆☆

Want to be disrespected and have your meal ruined? then run right down to Ted's Espcondido's on south Western and let the unruly kids ruin your meal and the management will let them stay and ruin the whole sections meal!!! Love the place but wont stand to let anyone direspect me and have management back THEM!!!! Puking... sounds, mmmmm' Goes good w all the food going down huh? very appetizing. Love the food but wont return.
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I really like the Salsa the best! The fajitas are top notch much better than Chelino's and any other place I've been to. I agree with other's that the wait time is ridiculous. Any time you go to Ted's plan on waiting at least 30 min to eat, and if you're a person with small kids like me, this is almost impossible. I don't understand why they don't invest money to get a bigger place? The tables are darn near stacked up on top of each other! Not much elbow room. But the service is wonderful and the food is very good. Its worth the price you pay.

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★★★★☆

I really like the Salsa the best! The fajitas are top notch much better than Chelino's and any other place I've been to. I agree with other's that the wait time is ridiculous. Any time you go to Ted's plan on waiting at least 30 min to eat, and if you're a person with small kids like me, this is almost impossible. I don't understand why they don't invest money to get a bigger place? The tables are darn near stacked up on top of each other! Not much elbow room. But the service is wonderful and the food is very good. Its worth the price you pay.

Pros: Fajitas, salsa, tortilla's, enchilada's

Cons: Cramped small building, wait time

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i have worked for teds for 3 years and have only commited myself because it is a great company to work for...the atomic salsa is jalepeno based and has chunks of freshly diced avacodo added before served, theres a habenero salsa as well for the fire eaters ,...our tortillas are homemade ..!! what homemade ??? what other mexican resturant in okc serves homemade tortillas , correct me please .. service is great always depending on what location. Teds mission is about customer loyaty and satisfaction .and reassuring guest return %100, and the food is already expensive because its so fresh and topshelf in quality that we dont upsell or try and force appetizers and drinks like any other restaraunt would ..... if you havent tried teds maybe its time be adventurous .. you only live once

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★★★★★

i have worked for teds for 3 years and have only commited myself because it is a great company to work for...the atomic salsa is jalepeno based and has chunks of freshly diced avacodo added before served, theres a habenero salsa as well for the fire eaters ,...our tortillas are homemade ..!! what homemade ??? what other mexican resturant in okc serves homemade tortillas , correct me please .. service is great always depending on what location. Teds mission is about customer loyaty and satisfaction .and reassuring guest return %100, and the food is already expensive because its so fresh and topshelf in quality that we dont upsell or try and force appetizers and drinks like any other restaraunt would ..... if you havent tried teds maybe its time be adventurous .. you only live once

Pros: fresh ingredients , fresh tortillas , outstanding service

Cons: having to wait an hour to eat on the weekends and such...

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We love this place! The service is so good and the food is wonderful. The salsa is great...try the atomic with chunks of fresh Jalapenos! They hand make the flour tortillas and they keep them coming. Sopapillas for desert with drizzled honey...yum yum

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★★★★★

We love this place! The service is so good and the food is wonderful. The salsa is great...try the atomic with chunks of fresh Jalapenos! They hand make the flour tortillas and they keep them coming. Sopapillas for desert with drizzled honey...yum yum

Pros: homemade tortillas great salsa and chicken enchiladas

Cons: chain resturant

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i gave it 5 stars because me and my parents love the salsa and queso there! It is to die for, honestly.. the other stuff on the menu is good, but too pricy.. an enchilada dinner is like 11.00 dollars :( But if you ever decide to go there, scarf down the salsa and queso!

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★★★★★

i gave it 5 stars because me and my parents love the salsa and queso there! It is to die for, honestly.. the other stuff on the menu is good, but too pricy.. an enchilada dinner is like 11.00 dollars :( But if you ever decide to go there, scarf down the salsa and queso!

Pros: Ambiance, food

Cons: price

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I am embarassed that so many locals adore this place. We have some very special, highly authentic Mexican food in the area, and this is a lowest-common-denominator mass market bland carbfest. They care a lot about service, though, one of about four restaurants in the city where this is true. Even at that, they sometimes miss, and they waits are atrocious. If you live outside Oklahoma, you won't understand what the fuss is about. Go to any small, family Mexican place with the writing in Spanish. Forget this dump.

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★★☆☆☆

I am embarassed that so many locals adore this place. We have some very special, highly authentic Mexican food in the area, and this is a lowest-common-denominator mass market bland carbfest. They care a lot about service, though, one of about four restaurants in the city where this is true. Even at that, they sometimes miss, and they waits are atrocious. If you live outside Oklahoma, you won't understand what the fuss is about. Go to any small, family Mexican place with the writing in Spanish. Forget this dump.

Pros: Some service, fresh tortillas

Cons: Bland food, noisy, long waits, obnoxious customers

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By. VK

I can not say enough great things about Teds. The home made tortillas are wonderful. The salsas and cheese sauce yummy.

Unlimited chips (Mexican restaurants in Texas just don't do this - or I have not found one that does).

The service is top notch. The waiters really listen to you when you are ordering and try to get your order as perfect as possible.

The chicken enchiladas are so good - white meat and the sour cream sauce. I also like their steamed beans and have even taken them home by the quart. the guacomole is also made fresh daily.

They have margaritas now - standard - and top shelf. They also serve the beers in chilled mugs with salt and lime around the rim. We are having Teds cater a luncheon for us today where I work. I am one lucky lady.

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★★★★★

By. VK

I can not say enough great things about Teds. The home made tortillas are wonderful. The salsas and cheese sauce yummy.

Unlimited chips (Mexican restaurants in Texas just don't do this - or I have not found one that does).

The service is top notch. The waiters really listen to you when you are ordering and try to get your order as perfect as possible.

The chicken enchiladas are so good - white meat and the sour cream sauce. I also like their steamed beans and have even taken them home by the quart. the guacomole is also made fresh daily.

They have margaritas now - standard - and top shelf. They also serve the beers in chilled mugs with salt and lime around the rim. We are having Teds cater a luncheon for us today where I work. I am one lucky lady.

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Usually you do have to wait a little while at Ted's, but it is well worth it. The service is very good and fast (once you are seated). After we sit down we usually have our food within 10 to 15 minutes (of course, we already know what we want when we get there). If you've never tried the Chicken Chimichanga I highly recommend that you order it (with Sour Cream sauce). You will never order anything else at Ted's once you try this and you will never want to go to another restaurant!

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★★★★★

Usually you do have to wait a little while at Ted's, but it is well worth it. The service is very good and fast (once you are seated). After we sit down we usually have our food within 10 to 15 minutes (of course, we already know what we want when we get there). If you've never tried the Chicken Chimichanga I highly recommend that you order it (with Sour Cream sauce). You will never order anything else at Ted's once you try this and you will never want to go to another restaurant!

Pros: FOOD!, Fast service, Salsa with chips and tortillas, Free sopapillas

Cons: Long wait to be seated during peak hours

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The food at Teds is awesome. I wish I could eat there at least once a week, but I live in the DFW area and it is about 3 hours away. My favorite dish is the shredded beef enchiladas. The best part though, is the all you eat fresh handmade flour tortillas, queso, salsa, and chips. The major drawback is the wait to get in. If you go at a "prime" time (on some days ANY time), you will wait at least an hour to get seated. I have waited upwards of three hours! But, once you get the food, you realize that the wait was worth it!

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★★★★★

The food at Teds is awesome. I wish I could eat there at least once a week, but I live in the DFW area and it is about 3 hours away. My favorite dish is the shredded beef enchiladas. The best part though, is the all you eat fresh handmade flour tortillas, queso, salsa, and chips. The major drawback is the wait to get in. If you go at a "prime" time (on some days ANY time), you will wait at least an hour to get seated. I have waited upwards of three hours! But, once you get the food, you realize that the wait was worth it!

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Ted's is the best in the city, period. Every time we go the food and service is always consistent and we've been going for a very long time. It's also a great value considering you get free chips, 3-kinds of salsa if you request them all, cheese sauce, flour tortillas (the best!!!), relish, and corn torillas if you want them all included in the price. Plus you get a sopaipilla included for dessert. They constantly refill the above with a smile. I've tried others but as a whole package they don't even come close to the food and service of Ted's.

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★★★★★

Ted's is the best in the city, period. Every time we go the food and service is always consistent and we've been going for a very long time. It's also a great value considering you get free chips, 3-kinds of salsa if you request them all, cheese sauce, flour tortillas (the best!!!), relish, and corn torillas if you want them all included in the price. Plus you get a sopaipilla included for dessert. They constantly refill the above with a smile. I've tried others but as a whole package they don't even come close to the food and service of Ted's.

Pros: The best!

Cons: None.

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Completely overrated. Oklahoman's don't know what true Mexican or Tex-Mex is if they like this stuff. A native Texan, and one that grew up around real Mexican and Tex-Mex, I am extremely dissapointed in this Oklahoma City "staple". I can't justify waiting a minimum of 45 minutes anytime -- usually outside without anything to drink b/c the building is so small.

Then, once you wait your entire life to get in, they gorge you on the prices. Plates start at $10.95 -- now I'm not about to pay $10.95 for enchilladas from anywhere. They are supposedly famous for their fajitas, which also cost an arm and a leg. They are okay as are their tortillas.

But really, the OKC area has quite a few smaller Mexican restaurants that you can get a table with minimal or no wait that has great tasting food and great personal service. It doesn't bother me that so many Oklahoman's storm to this place and wait, because while everyone is there waiting, I'm enjoying my own dinner at a different place.

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★★☆☆☆

Completely overrated. Oklahoman's don't know what true Mexican or Tex-Mex is if they like this stuff. A native Texan, and one that grew up around real Mexican and Tex-Mex, I am extremely dissapointed in this Oklahoma City "staple". I can't justify waiting a minimum of 45 minutes anytime -- usually outside without anything to drink b/c the building is so small.

Then, once you wait your entire life to get in, they gorge you on the prices. Plates start at $10.95 -- now I'm not about to pay $10.95 for enchilladas from anywhere. They are supposedly famous for their fajitas, which also cost an arm and a leg. They are okay as are their tortillas.

But really, the OKC area has quite a few smaller Mexican restaurants that you can get a table with minimal or no wait that has great tasting food and great personal service. It doesn't bother me that so many Oklahoman's storm to this place and wait, because while everyone is there waiting, I'm enjoying my own dinner at a different place.

Pros: good tortillas

Cons: extremely long wait -- outside the building, higher prices for Mexican food. The place is really, really loud inside.

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Ted's is by far the best Mexican food in OKC. It is definately worth the wait. The tortillas and queso are great! And for lunch or dinner, try the quesadillas.

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★★★★★

Ted's is by far the best Mexican food in OKC. It is definately worth the wait. The tortillas and queso are great! And for lunch or dinner, try the quesadillas.

Pros: The food is great!

Cons: The wait - but well worth it.

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The food is average to above average. Far and away their best item is the freshly-made tortillas - excellent. The drawback is the wait. There are scores of small mexican restaurants in OKC with very good food and no wait. Ted's isn't good enough to justify the wait. I'd suggest a go-order, but you can't be in too much of a hurry for that either. I once waited 55 minutes for a go order of nachos at the south location. They didn't forget my order either, I kept having them check. Ridiculous. I would also add that their catered food (typically fajitas) isn't very good at all. It just doesn't seem to weather being held in a warming tray very well.

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★★★☆☆

The food is average to above average. Far and away their best item is the freshly-made tortillas - excellent. The drawback is the wait. There are scores of small mexican restaurants in OKC with very good food and no wait. Ted's isn't good enough to justify the wait. I'd suggest a go-order, but you can't be in too much of a hurry for that either. I once waited 55 minutes for a go order of nachos at the south location. They didn't forget my order either, I kept having them check. Ridiculous. I would also add that their catered food (typically fajitas) isn't very good at all. It just doesn't seem to weather being held in a warming tray very well.

Pros: Tortillas, Decor

Cons: Wait, Wait, Wait

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Best restraunt in OKC! EXCELLENT, CONSISTANT service every time! And if you go before 4:30 you can get lunch specials!

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★★★★★

Best restraunt in OKC! EXCELLENT, CONSISTANT service every time! And if you go before 4:30 you can get lunch specials!

Cons: may have a wait

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Ted's has awesome food! Everything from the chips and hot sauce to the fresh flour tortillas, the food is absolutely delicious. My favorite dish is the chicken fajita enchiladas. So yummy! The wait and price are both worth the wonderful service and scrumptious meal!

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★★★★★

Ted's has awesome food! Everything from the chips and hot sauce to the fresh flour tortillas, the food is absolutely delicious. My favorite dish is the chicken fajita enchiladas. So yummy! The wait and price are both worth the wonderful service and scrumptious meal!

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Great food, although they have had at least 2 or was it 3 price increases, since opening the south location. Love the service, you don't have to ask for anything, they just put it on your table before you ask. I would like to see their prices go back down, although I know that won't happen. Wait time is crazy. Fajitas are so-so, enchiladas are excellent, decent guacamole. Service is usually excellent! Worth a stop for out-of-towners!

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★★★★☆

Great food, although they have had at least 2 or was it 3 price increases, since opening the south location. Love the service, you don't have to ask for anything, they just put it on your table before you ask. I would like to see their prices go back down, although I know that won't happen. Wait time is crazy. Fajitas are so-so, enchiladas are excellent, decent guacamole. Service is usually excellent! Worth a stop for out-of-towners!

Pros: Excellent salsa and queso. Service

Cons: Prices are a little high for what it is.

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As soon as you sit at your table someone is looking to see if you need something. They do not interfer with you they just place more free salsa, queso, chips, tortillas, ect down and take away your empties. I am often full before my food gets to the table and that does not take long. The kids meals are very large and the kids love them.

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★★★★★

As soon as you sit at your table someone is looking to see if you need something. They do not interfer with you they just place more free salsa, queso, chips, tortillas, ect down and take away your empties. I am often full before my food gets to the table and that does not take long. The kids meals are very large and the kids love them.

Pros: Service, Food, Left overs!

Cons: Do not leave feedback, They won't contact , you!

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The fajitas are awesome! The prices are great and I have never had bad service. The only problem I have is the room. There main dining area is so crammed.

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★★★★★

The fajitas are awesome! The prices are great and I have never had bad service. The only problem I have is the room. There main dining area is so crammed.

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The food at Ted's is absolutely wonderful, mainly because it is so fresh. I was especially impressed by their spinach chimighangas- fresh whole leaf spinach instead of the processed kind. Their fresh made salsas and homemade tortillas are wonderful. Also, the prices are reasonable. Only drawback is that they don't serve margaritas or beer other than 3.2 point.

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★★★★☆

The food at Ted's is absolutely wonderful, mainly because it is so fresh. I was especially impressed by their spinach chimighangas- fresh whole leaf spinach instead of the processed kind. Their fresh made salsas and homemade tortillas are wonderful. Also, the prices are reasonable. Only drawback is that they don't serve margaritas or beer other than 3.2 point.

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I would eat Teds at least once a week but they tend to get so busy that I don't have the time to wait. Trust the wait is worth it but my son sometimes won't allow for an hour wait. They have the best fajitas I have had in a long time.

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★★★★☆

I would eat Teds at least once a week but they tend to get so busy that I don't have the time to wait. Trust the wait is worth it but my son sometimes won't allow for an hour wait. They have the best fajitas I have had in a long time.

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Worth the wait? Absolutely!! There is a reason Ted's is always crowded. It is THE stop in OKC for Mexican. We are from out of town and go out of our way to eat there each time we are in the city. Keep up the good work!!

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★★★★★

Worth the wait? Absolutely!! There is a reason Ted's is always crowded. It is THE stop in OKC for Mexican. We are from out of town and go out of our way to eat there each time we are in the city. Keep up the good work!!

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Wait

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If you every wondered why someone would wait over an hour to eat at a restaurant, go to Ted's. It is one of the best Mexican Food restaurants in a City that prides itself on the cuisine. The portions are more than generous, and the service is top notch. You may have to wait an extended period for a table; but it will definitely be worth it.

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★★★★★

If you every wondered why someone would wait over an hour to eat at a restaurant, go to Ted's. It is one of the best Mexican Food restaurants in a City that prides itself on the cuisine. The portions are more than generous, and the service is top notch. You may have to wait an extended period for a table; but it will definitely be worth it.

Pros: Food Portions, Service, Atmosphere

Cons: Wait time

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I think that Ted's has the best authentic food in the area. They do a great job and make you feel like family when you're there. I love taking my family and friends to Ted's because I know that they won't be disapointed.

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★★★★★

I think that Ted's has the best authentic food in the area. They do a great job and make you feel like family when you're there. I love taking my family and friends to Ted's because I know that they won't be disapointed.

Pros: inexpensive, genuine, great tasting

Cons: crowded

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poor service, employees very rude and I would never go back

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★☆☆☆☆

poor service, employees very rude and I would never go back

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You might hear from friends or family that this is the best place for Mexican food in Oklahoma City, but think twice before waiting in line for an hour. The food is decent, but not authentic (think cheez-wiz). If you are an out-of-towner, go for Chelino's (several metro locations) or Margarita's (N. May and Wilshire). These places might seem quaint and small but offer great food and are family owned and operated by Mexican families. You wont wait long, and you'll get great service. Just remember to skip Ted's.

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★★★☆☆

You might hear from friends or family that this is the best place for Mexican food in Oklahoma City, but think twice before waiting in line for an hour. The food is decent, but not authentic (think cheez-wiz). If you are an out-of-towner, go for Chelino's (several metro locations) or Margarita's (N. May and Wilshire). These places might seem quaint and small but offer great food and are family owned and operated by Mexican families. You wont wait long, and you'll get great service. Just remember to skip Ted's.

Pros: Good location

Cons: Not worth the price, Crowded/Long Wait, Bad Parking

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Moved back from Colorado via NJ. Had not found decent Mexican food in two years. Until, thas is, someone mentioned Ted's. I love it.

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★★★★★

Moved back from Colorado via NJ. Had not found decent Mexican food in two years. Until, thas is, someone mentioned Ted's. I love it.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Wait

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A landmark Tex-Mex restaurant in OKC. Ted has maintained the quality of his food and restaurant for years. Probably not the best food around, but everything on the menu is good. Also, Ted enforces incredible cleanliness standards in his place!

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★★★★★

A landmark Tex-Mex restaurant in OKC. Ted has maintained the quality of his food and restaurant for years. Probably not the best food around, but everything on the menu is good. Also, Ted enforces incredible cleanliness standards in his place!

Pros: good food

Cons: The wait, always crowded

 

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