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Ted's Cafe Escondido

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700 N Interstate Dr, Norman, OK 73072-4156
+1 405-307-8337
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Serving friend and family a delicious meal in your home is deeply embedded...
Serving friend and family a delicious meal in your home is deeply embedded in Mexican culture. With that in mind, Ted Curtis, our founder, set out to create a welcoming restaurant inspired by that experience. We are rooted in serving the best Mexican food, made from the freshest premium-quality ingredients, served with unsurpassed hospitality. Since the first Ted's Café Escondido restaurant opened in 1991, we have stayed true to these founding principles, without compromise. At Ted's, you are not just a customer, but our guest. We strive to make each of our guests feel welcome and special. We are passionate about continuing to prepare our fresh delicious food daily, by hand. We are dedicated to serving you with humility and heart. Our goal is to exceed your expectations on each and every visit!
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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Used to be our go-to

Ted's used to be the go- to for us when we wanted Mexican. I felt like it dropped off a bit tho and with one son in law that must have an allergy to something (gets a stomach ache every time) we just finally stopped going. I loved their homemade tortillas and their HOT sauce. Very good if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 18, 2015
Kmad26
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Norman, Oklahoma
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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ted's is definitely our favorite place for Mexican food. Prices might be a little higher than some, but it is worth it for what you get. Always have excellent service. The best chips with salsa and queso, and AWESOME homemade flour tortillas! All complimentary along with their Atomic salsa and relish. My favorite is the fajita nachos, preferably steak. Each... More 

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Thank Daniel Y
Bartlesville
Level Contributor
12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best food in Tulsa. Recommended! !!!! We stop in there every time we go to movies on 71st st. Great!

Helpful?
Thank James T
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

James, it made us smile to hear how excited you were about our food! We're looking forward to seeing you the next time you head to the movies. You'll have to let us know all about your favorite dish! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Level Contributor
32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place almost always has a wait unless you go early. Which tells you the food is good, consistently. The service is excellent regardless of the time of day you go. Love the free chips, salsa, quest and tortillas. We've never had a bad meal and we hit Ted's every time we visit Norman. If you like Tex-Mex you won't... More 

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Thank Chryssimae
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

You come here every time you come into town? That means the world to us to hear! It's wonderful to know that you've always had a happy experience -- we look forward to seeing you back the next time you're in town! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Norman, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The service and food at Ted's are excellent. Always fresh, clean, and the staff is very entertaining! Of all of the Mexican restaurants in Norman this is always my choice.

Helpful?
Thank Michael K
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

This review was quite excellent to read, Michael! It means a lot to be your top choice for Mexican food. We can't wait to see you back more often in 2016! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Memphis
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

If you miss Chi Chi's give Ted's a try. Taken there for lunch on a business trip, atmosphere is pleasant and clean. Service was great as was the food, and it just keeps coming. Starts out with complimentary chips, salsa, & queso, order fresh tortillas and they come hot & fresh. Everything we had was delicious. Don't forget to save... More 

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Thank PurpleTV
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

Dessert's a pretty important part of the meal -- we're excited that you enjoy our selections! We're looking forward to seeing you back for more chips, salsa, and tortillas in 2016! With heart, Ted's Management More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

I am amazed that this restaurant is in Oklahoma. I am from Texas and I love Tex-Mex. I always make my parents take me to Ted's when I go to my grandmas house. It is the best Mexican that I have had this side north of the Red River.

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Thank Keeli P
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

Keeli, this review really brought a smile to our faces! We're excited to hear that we could remind you of home when you come in. Here's to more Ted's in 2016! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Norman, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
145 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Ted's used to be the go- to for us when we wanted Mexican. I felt like it dropped off a bit tho and with one son in law that must have an allergy to something (gets a stomach ache every time) we just finally stopped going. I loved their homemade tortillas and their HOT sauce. Very good if you can... More 

Helpful?
Thank Kmad26
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that your son-in-law would get sick when he came in -- we have allergy sheets for our food, though, so please let us know if you'd ever like to look at them. We hope that you can give us another chance to show you that we're still that same place that you know and love! With... More 

Sacramento, California, United States
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We have never heard of this place, but the food was VERY good and reasonably priced. My wife and I had two different types of margarita's (great selection) and they were both unique and refreshing. She had an enchilada sampler and I had the taco dinner. Both were VERY good. We are huge Chuy's fans, and this place is right... More 

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Thank Lyman K
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

We're excited that we could make such a wonderful first impression, Lyman! We hope this means that we're going to be able to see you two back for more margaritas soon! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Norman, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

Ted's offers great Tex-Mex food in the OKC area that is worth the wait. While the food is great, it is the little things that sets Ted's apart in my opinion. The chips, salsa, queso and tortillas are complimentary and amazing. I think that you can request a spicy salsa and mexican relish complimentary as well. Because the food is... More 

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Thank Colvin24
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

This kind of a recommendation is always wonderful to hear -- it's great to know that you love the food that much. Moreover, it's an honor to be set apart as one of your favorite restaurants in the area. We're looking forward to seeing you again soon! With heart, Ted's Management More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

The Norman location is Ted's third restaurant, I think. This mini- chain consistently wins polls for favorite Mexican, although I prefer Chelino's, another local chain. Ted's is rightfully known for their attentive service - you will not run short on salsa or drinks. The menu is pretty standard Tex-Mex which is one reason I prefer Chelino's who has a more... More 

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Thank DonnieTheB
David F, Owner at Ted's Cafe Escondido, responded to this review

That tortilla soup is an excellent choice! We're so happy that you enjoy the food here so much. If you ever feel like there's anything that we could be doing better, please let us know! Yours, Ted's Management More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 700 N Interstate Dr, Norman, OK 73072-4156
  • Location: United States  >  Oklahoma (OK)  >  Norman
  • Phone Number: +1 405-307-8337

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Serving friend and family a delicious meal in your home is deeply embedded in Mexican culture. With that in mind, Ted Curtis, our founder, set out to create a welcoming restaurant inspired by that experience. We are rooted in serving the best Mexican food, made from the freshest premium-quality ingredients, served with unsurpassed hospitality. Since the first Ted's Café Escondido restaurant opened in 1991, we have stayed true to these founding principles, without compromise. At Ted's, you are not just a customer, but our guest. We strive to make each of our guests feel welcome and special. We are passionate about continuing to prepare our fresh delicious food daily, by hand. We are dedicated to serving you with humility and heart. Our goal is to exceed your expectations on each and every visit!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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