In a remodeled house on 68th St. in OKC, with a fondness for freshness and a made-from-scratch mentality, Ted’s was born. We’ve been bringing better Mexican to the masses since 1991, and nothing about that has changed (well, we don’t use pagers anymore).
Sure, we’ve added a few more locations to the family. But we still believe in hospitality and good vibes. Handmade meals and happy guests. And that good isn’t good enough. Better Mexican is.
October 3, 1991
Ted’s is born
Ted Curtis opens first Ted’s Cafe Escondido location in a remodeled house on 68th St. in Oklahoma City.
Six months later
A sea of lawn chairs begins to flood the restaurant lawn each evening as Ted’s becomes an OKC go-to and the waitlist grows.
Y’all like those tortillas
A lot. So we opened the Annex at the 68th St. location to keep up with the demand, and cut down on the need for lawn chairs.
Our servers get tech savvy – and oh so hip. We introduce pagers to make service faster and more convenient, without sacrificing that Ted’s quality. Time is tortillas, people.
Rockin the suburbs
What to do about wait times? Give the people more Ted’s. Our Edmond location opens .
Location number three comes to southside OKC, serving up more made-from-scratch magic to the metro.
Better Mexican in Broken Arrow
Growth! Our fourth location opens with a 100-name wait on day one.
College town bound
We move into Sooner territory and open the Norman location.
More seats, more Setup
Tulsa Hills opens with the most seating to date. That’s 158 people and some serious tortilla math.
April 7, 2014
Full-service, at your service
Del City location opens and we introduce our first ever full-service, sit-down bar.
November 2, 2014
New market. Same Ted’s. Our eighth restaurant opens in Lawton.
December 14, 2015
Christmas comes early off Council Road with another new location.
March 18, 2017
We officially hit the big 1-0 with the opening of our N. Penn location.
April 9, 2018
Tacos 4 Teachers
10,000, to be exact. We partner with Operation Freedom and the Oklahoma Education Association to provide meals and solidarity for demonstrators at the teacher strike.
Ted’s on wheels
Our Taco Truck hits the road for the first time, offering catering on the move.
October 21, 2019
We introduced online ordering – delivery through DoorDash and online pickup at select locations. More to come.