200 S. Santa Fe, Edmond 340-4888
This is the place to go for that special white cheese dip that is not like others (often made with added water), as Señor Tequila’s is a blend of milk and cheese. Señor Tequila has a specialty called the fajita tequila that is made with chicken, shrimp or pork ribs. Its sopaipilla is a fried tortilla with honey, cinnamon and ice cream, too.
Dos Banderas Mexican Restaurant
1118 N. Berry, Norman
If Mexican food is one of your favorites, try Dos Banderas when in Norman, which has a nice selection of food that’ll impress, even if your grandmother was Hispanic and a great cook. The sopaipillas are drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon. When asked which menu items are tops, the owner said, “Everything.” But he did mention the fajitas, the enchiladas and tacos, too.
4640 S.E. 15th 619-7555
Under the aperitivos (appetizers) is the Fiesta Mexicana, a platter of taquitos and nachos, served with guacamole, sour cream and cheese sauce. The chuleta rancheras (pork chops) are two center-cut pork chops covered with a special sauce. The chiles rellenos and the chicken enchilada dinner are also great. Chile Mercado offers a selection of American foods, too, with options like chicken-fried steak and a cheeseburger.
6714 N. Western 607-4072
It may not be strictly Mexican, but at the sleek West, one of the new kids on the block, diners can find south-of-the-border favorites. What is the secret to West’s success? Find out when you discover its smoked chicken quesadilla or vegan nachos. Here’s the scoop: The refreshing summertime soup, gazpacho, is not on the menu, but is available. And the turnover of the day for the dessert has plenty of flavor.
$$ Eclectic American
Mi Pueblo Mexican Grill
7708 N.W. 23rd, Bethany 495-9977
This business was whipped into shape at the end of 2010, and loyal patrons have found that they adore the fish tacos made with tilapia. The refried beans have a following among customers, who say they are some of the best in town. On Cinco de Mayo, watch for a special on fajitas. Mi Pueblo also makes its own flan and sells cheesecake for a nice finish.
La Salsa Grille
2329 N. Meridian 604-5419
Cheesecake and house-made flan — the famous baked custard — will help round out the meal at La Salsa Grille, but first choose from a nice list of menu items that includes chimichangas, tamales, chiles rellenos and spinach enchiladas. It also features a vegetarian fajita, for those on the lookout for eating less or no meat. The pollo verde is grilled chicken with a pretty darned good green sauce.
Victor’s Mexican Cuisine
10904 N. May 749-1911
You can tell a lot about a restaurant by the repeat customers. At Victor’s, its loyal customers come for the dollar tacos, chiles rellenos, cheese quesadillas and the nifty fajita nachos and taco dinner. When you order a menu item, nod your head and have them add on garlic shrimp or jumbo lump crab for an extra fee, but it’s worth it.
—Carol Smaglinski, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
$$: Up to $15
$$$$: Above $30