Ted's Café excels with great service, food

By Jim Killackey Modified: July 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm •  Published: March 5, 2009
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When guests are seated, they immediately receive the customary chips, salsa and queso. Then come the flour tortillas.

Ted's has famous fajitas, Mexican tacos and chiles rellenos.

Al Lejarzar is Ted's operations director. He says consistency in food and service allow Ted's to prosper during the economic downturn.

While Ted's does serve alcoholic beverages, restaurant workers don't push drinks. "We won't say 'Do you want a beer'?" said Lejarzar.

Lejarzar said Ted's enjoys unique positions in the restaurant business. "We're a 'destination' restaurant. We also have a family atmosphere," he said.

As part of the dining experience, Ted's employees use the "buddy system" wherein employees help each other by getting more tea or water for a table other than their own.

Ted's is unique in that just about every guest, or party of guests, leaves with something to take home.

"We have plenty to eat for our guests and that's a value ... perfect platefuls with more than ample portions. They take enough food home for a snack or even another meal," Lejarzar said.

In fact, Lejarzar said, guests have the opportunity at Ted's to have food that is spicy, salty or sweet (with sopapillas).

A few of the excellent menu selections include "Ted's World Famous Fajitas." The meats are marinated with a blend of secret spices, grilled to perfection, fresh green peppers and onions are added, and placed into a red-hot skillet. The fajitas are served with rice and beans, cheese, pico de gallo, real sour cream, guacamole and fresh homemade flour tortillas. This is the restaurant's most popular dinner, officials said.

Currently, Ted's has restaurants in Edmond, Norman, Broken Arrow, and two in Oklahoma City.

Rick Tate said there are plans to expand — but very slowly.

"We take pride in being an Oklahoma-grown company," he said. "But opening a new restaurant is like a fine wine. It can't happen before it's time."

Ted's also is involved in its communities by helping schools and churches with meals and benefits.

In fact, Ted's has catering to accommodate parties of 15 to 5,000 people for events including weddings, anniversaries, office parties, birthdays, awards banquets, reunions and religious celebrations.

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