Just like burger places, there are lots of options for Mexican or Tex-Mex food in the Oklahoma City metro. One that I love is a small restaurant in Warr Acres that serves some really good food. Tucked away in a strip mall on the southeast corner of NW 39th Expressway and MacArthur, this is a hidden gem that’s getting more popular.
We stopped by on a cloudy Friday night, our second visit in a year, it was busy enough but not too crowded. We immediately were seated and brought chips, salsa, and queso. The first thing we tried on this visit was the queso fundido. If you haven’t tried this dish, it’s chorizo fried with onions and peppers then served in a cast iron skillet with a cheese topping. It was really very good, not too much spice but different from the complementary salsa and queso. Now I ordered my standard chimichangas with shredded beef and sour cream sauce topping it, served of course with beans and rice. I really like their chimichangas, the beef was a shredded fajita meat and the sour cream sauce has a cheese tang that I really enjoy, much different from other Tex-Mex places in town. Big K had the burritos El Paso, this dish has marinated steak with a cheese and green sauce on top, also served with beans and rice. He liked the steak, said it nice and tender with a good flavor.
Service was really great. Our server was good and the food was prepared quickly, so not a long wait. The ambiance is also nice, the painted tables and chairs lighten the room. I give them 5 strips of bacon.
Address: 3800 N MacArthur Blvd., Suite A, Warr Acres.
First I started to see billboards with a new place coming to Rockwell and NW 122nd called Yo Pablo, then after it opened, I had friends raving about this place. So one Saturday night over the summer we stopped to see what it was about. To be honest, our first trip wasn’t that great. The music was way too loud, lots of ingredients were sold out so there were items you couldn’t order, and even thought the queso was good, there weren’t enough chips to dip. I decided that I would let them find their feet and try them again later. Well I had that opportunity last week.
My second visit was much better than the first, everything on the menu was available, so I ordered the chips and queso along with 3 tacos- quesabirria taco, braised pork belly, and sweet chile shrimp. The chips and queso were up first, this time there were plenty of chips along with a note on the wall that stated if you need more they were free. So at least that problem was fixed. The chips were thin and crispy, lightly salted and perfect for dipping into that delectable queso. This queso is so good I could eat it everyday and not get tired of it, thick with just enough spice to it to give it a bit of a kick. If you go for anything, just get the chips and queso. Now to the tacos, with my love of bacon, I really wanted to like the braised pork belly but it was my least favorite of the 3. I found it to be a bit dry and tasteless, really disappointing. The sweet chile shrimp was much better, plentiful shrimp mixed with black bean and corn salsa. Lots of flavors exploding all at once, it was good. Last up was the quesabirria taco, this was more of a traditional soft taco. This has beef birria with a melted cheese inside. I really enjoyed this taco as well, the beef with lots of cheese was more of what I’m used to in a taco.
As I said in the beginning my first visit wasn’t great but it was also a Saturday night, my second visit was a Friday afternoon so it is a different atmosphere. I’m not sure if they still have loud music at night, so be warned it might be hard to hear if you visit. Also keep in mind I’m not one to complain about loud music, I’ve always said “If it’s too loud, you’re too old” but in a restaurant setting I like to be able to speak with others at my table. Service was good both times, no issues there. I was only visiting the location at Rockwell and NW 122nd, there are 4 other location in the metro to visit. I’m going to give them 4 strips of bacon.
Address: 6728 N Olie Ave., Oklahoma City; 12305 N Rockwell Ave., Oklahoma City; 1200 West Covell Road, Edmond; 745 Asp Ave., Norman.
I drive past this restaurant everyday, in an old Braums building on NW 63rd Street. Every time I think, “You know, I need to try this place.” Took me 4 years but we finally stopped a few weeks ago and now I wish I had stopped earlier, this place is outstanding.
Since it is in an old Braums, it is small inside but they do have patio for outdoor dining. Of course they have the typical Tex-Mex menu, so I went with my favorite chimichanga. They have a large selection of sides so along with my rice, I tried some Mexican corn. First thing that was served were the chips with salsa and queso. Perfect starter for my first trip, the chips were light and buttery. The queso was thick and creamy with just enough kick to give it good flavor. Next up was the main course, the ground beef chimichanga was deep fried to a golden crisp. It was a good size but not too large, I could actually finish it without asking for a to-go box. The ground beef and cheese mixed inside quite well with a bowl of sour cream sauce for pouring over or dipping. The rice and corn were equally good as well.
The service was great, food was prepared quickly and the chips and queso were replenished frequently. Since I no longer eat fast food Mexican, I will add Casa Perico to my list of favorite Mexican places along with San Marcos and Chelinos. They do have a second location near Quail Springs Mall, I just haven’t visited it yet. I happily give them 5 strips of bacon.
It’s no secret that there are a lot of Tex-Mex restaurants in the OKC metro but one of my favorites is San Marcos. I was first introduced to their food in 2002, one of my husbands’ co-workers took him there for lunch. A few days later, my husband thought I would enjoy their food as well. At this point I was pregnant and would eat anything spicy (which is interesting since the child now hates everything spicy). I really like their chips- the queso isn’t bad and even though I haven’t had it in a while, I remember their salsa being good as well.
Now if you’ve been reading me for a while, you know that once I find one thing to eat at a restaurant, I stick with it. I have been eating their chimichangas with sour cream sauce for ever but one night I got wild and tried their Pizzadilla De Lujo. Wow, was this good and different. Between 2 huge flour tortillas there was cheese, fajita beef, onions, peppers, and bacon. I really love this but you need to have a big appetite to eat it. Yes it does come with rice and beans. It was truly a different way to mix up pizza with Tex-Mex cooking. Their chimichangas are also good, but I have had better at Zarate’s in Edmond. I love their rice but really don’t care much for their beans, a bit too runny for me. At the end of the meal you do get a sopapilla, so try to leave some room.
The first location I visited was on the southside of OKC but they have expanded to NW OKC and I frequently visit the North Rockwell location. A few years ago they took over an old closed up Burger King and turned it into a colorful representation of a Spanish villa. I have always had good service at the locations I’ve visited and the food has always been good. I’m giving them 5 strips of bacon just for that pizzadilla.
Address: 2301 SW 59th St; 4024 N May Ave.; 12201 N Rockwell Ave.; 4101 N MacArthur Blvd.; 1732 S Meridian Ave., all in Oklahoma City.
A few weeks ago we were hungry for Mexican food but wanted something new, a place we hadn’t tried before. While driving around, we found El Sombrero on N. May just south of NW 50th St.
Even though it was Friday night, it wasn’t busy so we were seated quickly. Chips, queso, and salsa were brought out quickly while we looked over the menu. My husband ordered beef chimichangas, while I went with the shrimp enchiladas and Mae with a kids quesadilla. It wasn’t a long wait for dinner to arrive. The chips and queso were good but not mind-blowing. Now my shrimp enchiladas were good, the shrimp had been grilled before being rolled in the tortilla and smothered in sour cream sauce. I like the rice and for once I was able to eat the refried beans (not a fan of beans in any form). Had a bite of the beef chimichangas, not bad will have to have some next time I stop. Mae had no complaints either, I even think I saw her take a bite of the beans. After we were done, we tried their new desert- sopapilla with ice cream and chocolate syrup drizzled on top. When you added the honey to the mix, it was wonderful.
Overall it was a great place to stop for dinner. It’s located in the Mayfair Shopping Center on the east side of May, very south part of the complex. It was clean and the service was good. The staff was very friendly and on top of everything. I’ve read that there are two other locations, I haven’t been to them so this review is only for the Mayfair location. I’m giving them five strips of bacon.
Address: 4900 N. May Ave., Oklahoma City; 2624 W. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City; 2838 S I-35, Oklahoma City.