Casa Perico is a great Okla-mex pick.

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How do you know if you’re eating at an Okla-mex restaurant? Here’s my simple test. Do they include chips, salsa, cheese sauce, flour tortillas, corn tortillas, and sopapillas as a part of every meal at no extra charge? If so, it’s Okla-mex.

Casa PericoNaturally, OKC has a lot of very good Okla-mex restaurants like Chelinos, Poblano Grill, Alfredo’s, La Luna and everyone’s super-crowded favorite, Ted’s. So it’s a very serious endeavor to name a favorite among so many worthy competitors. But here, Oklahoma City, is my bold Okla-mex pick: Casa Perico.

To me, there are really just two factors that make or break an Okla-mex restaurant — salsa and fajitas. Let’s start with the salsa. It’s good. It’s flavorful, chunky, and with just the right amount of heat. I can’t say that it’s far and away better than every other place’s salsa, but it can hold its own. I do have to say that Ted’s makes a really great salsa and I might even rate theirs just a notch higher. Which wouldn’t be good for Casa Perico if salsa were the only factor — but it’s not.

Fajitas are what clench the number one spot for Perico. Beef and chicken fajitas to be specific. You see, it seems to be a trend at most other Okla-mex places to serve their fajitas dripping in whatever sauce or marinade was used for flavor. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the flavor and tenderness that the marinade brings, but I just don’t like to see the meat and onions swimming in it when it’s served. It’s not only unappealing, it’s just plain messy.

But Perico serves it up right. Individual strips of tender, moist and flavorful meat are laid out on top of a bed of seared onions and peppers, lightly carmelized but still crisp. All of it sizzling on a flat cast iron skillet, mouth-watering and free from excess liquid. What I love about these fajitas is that the vegetables have a chance to shine. Unlike most places where onions and peppers are basically turned into mush from bathing in a marinade all the way to the table, Perico somehow packs in the flavor while keeping everything fresh and crisp.

Build them up on flour or corn tortillas, and add any of the included side items including guacamole, sour cream, pico, grated cheese, rice and beans. Casa Perico also gets some extra points for offering a variety of side item options including steamed corn and several other types of beans. And, of course, you get all of the Okla-mex extras included.

So let’s talk about the value. With the heavy competition, most Okla-mex places tend to run in about the same price range. Casa Perico offers a variety of lunch specials in the $5.50-$8 range with a lunch order of fajitas ringing in at $7.99. My wife and I have actually split the lunch portion before and it’s definitely enough food for two people. Most likely it’s not as much food as most people expect to eat at an Okla-mex place but with all of the free chips and tortillas, it’s easily as much food as a person needs. Sometimes, though, we upgrade to the single order of fajitas ($12.99) and share with our son as well.

A note about sharing: the Casa Perico menu shows a $2 fee for sharing plates, but in our experience it is only applied some of the time. More times than not, they don’t charge it, and what a great deal! But even when they do, the value is still good — two of us for $9.99 or a family of three for $14.99 (they have never charged us to share with our 4 year old son). With all of the free stuff they give you, I certainly understand a charge for sharing plates, though I would expect it more on a lunch plate, which is obviously geared for one person, than on a single order which is way too much food for one. But that’s another story.

Well, OKC, we’re blessed with a ton of great, local Okla-mex restaurants. The competition is tight, and there are many places worth visiting and deserving of praise. I’m sure there will come a time when another one gets reviewed and recommended on this site. But for now, I had to start off with my favorite. Enjoy!

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  • Dana says:
    October 16th, 2007 at 11:22 pm   

    This happens to be one of my favorite mexican places to eat. The food is good, the service is great and the prices are even better!

  • Kevin says:
    January 20th, 2008 at 4:31 pm   

    Try the carnitas de puerco and the carne asada. Absolutely the best in town!

  • Markbb says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 2:53 pm   

    O.K. O.k. I’ve heard of Teds and have eatn there, sorry I wasn’t impressed at all they have a nice little Okla-Mex restraunt in Mid-west city on midwest blvd thats really good you need to try Lupes the salsa if I can main line I would, very friendly and no one hour wait…just my 2 cents

  • Dr. Pork says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 11:26 am   

    Carne asada and do it up the same way you would a fajita and I’d be surprised if you go back to the fajitas. Their carne asada is deadly.

  • Tim says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 9:43 pm   

    Great idea, Dr. Pork. I’ll have to try that next time.

  • Angela says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:40 pm   

    Casa Perico has long been my fave spot for Mexican. I agree with the comments on the Carne Asada. I eat it fajita style, & it’s wonderful — plus I love that it’s served with fresh avocado slices. My other favorite is their Huevos Rancheros, which is served with an absolutely delicious side dish of Puerco Verde. Wonderful place!

  • TR says:
    March 25th, 2009 at 12:37 am   

    Pericos is a really great find. One of the best around and trumps Ted’s and the like anyday. Its a Mexican restaurant where even Mexicans dine.

  • Liz R says:
    May 27th, 2009 at 12:32 am   

    Agree that their Carne Asada is absolutely wonderful! Also, this is one of the few places where I have to get the sopapilla for dessert, even though I’m stuffed. It’s just too good to pass up.

  • Donald says:
    July 20th, 2009 at 9:26 pm   

    Great Carne Asada,Salsa,Sopapillas are the best I’ve had

  • K.L. says:
    August 10th, 2009 at 12:17 pm   

    We eat there a lot–since it is nearby. Every dish is great and they make special things we like (Cactus). One problem: big groups. We went there with a gracious uncle (every family should have one) who paid for our group (one less than the “gratuity” number). Waiter asked me on the way out if the food was unacceptable because my uncle did not leave a tip. Not wanting to embarrass my uncle, I left a (big) tip. Was back a month later and noticed the same thing happened to another group. Got curious, called my uncle–he had left a (big) tip on his card. Grrrr. I’m sure its just a bad egg because the guys aren’t there anymore. We still get great food and service there. Lesson learned for me.

  • Keri says:
    August 13th, 2009 at 10:45 am   

    I’m glad to see Casa Perico get the respect it deserves! We have been eating there since it first opened and have never been disappointed. If you like the spicy stuff, their habenero (sp?) salsa is the best I’ve had. Me Gusta!

  • Wimpy says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:20 pm   

    The best sopapillas I’ve ever had, also great carne asada, my wife had the carnitas puerico and said they were very good also, good service and reasonable prices, we’ll be back for sure!

  • Sarah says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 2:08 pm   

    Ate here last Sunday and some of the regular zing was missing. The salsa, queso and fajitas all seemed really bland, and I found myself salting everything looking for some flavor. This is not normally the case – wonder if they have a new cook?

  • TxOkie says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:13 pm   

    My wife & I have been to Casa Perico several time’s. Their food & service are good but being from San Antonio (where the home-made flour tortilla makes a restaurant)it fall’s a little short from being a great restaurant.We’re used to getting fresh home-made tortilla’s with every dish.Tortilla’s help you scoop up your food & really make’s a difference.Their food is really good but I recommend that they have fresh made flour tortilla’s.

  • Tim says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 3:29 pm   

    TxOkie, that is a great point. I wish more places made their own tortillas, both flour and corn. I agree that would make Casa Perico much better.

  • TxOkie says:
    April 10th, 2010 at 2:20 pm   

    Tim–thanks for your input.I’m glad I stumbled unto this site because it is hard to find a good mexican restaurant here in Okc.Don’t get me wrong,my wife & I love it here in Oklahoma but we do miss the great tasting food from San Antonio but then every city does have it’s own unique flavor.Oklahoma does have some great bar-be-que places but fall’s kinda short in the Mexican restaurant places although they are improving since we got here.We once went to a mexican restaurant here ,I got all excited because I saw that they had soft beef tacos.Much to my dissatisfaction when I got my plate it really turned me off & depressed me.What I got was beef in a flour tortilla with lettuce & tomatoe inside the tortilla(UGH).A real soft beef taco has picadillo(ground beef).It is made with a CORN tortilla which is softened in hot oil for about 2 seconds then you place the beef inside the tortilla & roll it up, the lettuce & tomatoe goes on top of the hot soft tortilla(never inside of the tortilla(bad).I still can’t find any breakfast tacos that open early in the morning for breakfast.We used to have taco runs in San Antonio at our work places but we had taco places on each corner(with that much competition), the places had to start off with—fresh homemade tortillas & great tasting food to go inside(never put lettuce & tomatoe insde of the tortilla).If the restaurant doesn’t have fresh home-made tortillas they don’t survive in SA.Hopefully someone will start the ball rolling by starting a taco place that sell’s true breakfast tacos.

  • Christina says:
    July 14th, 2010 at 10:38 am   

    I’m excited to try this place.

    TXOKie..there are a lot of places on the south side that have the tacos you are describing. Try Tacos San Pedro (might qualify for shady) but it’s great. The pork al pastor tacos are great.

    I guess you could head over to big truck tacos it’s fun but over priced and a little trendy. (They sell breakfast too)

    Alfredo’s has great homemade flour tortillas and good green salsa.

  • Tacha says:
    August 14th, 2010 at 9:28 pm   

    I love their soft shredded beef tacos! Definitely one of my favorites from here! Also, their salsas are always so fresh tasting. They are also up for making things that arent on their menus. One of our favorite sides that we first ate in Tijuana, MX (lived their for 4 years when I was a bit younger) was espinaca con queso.. spinach with cheese.. they fry spinach with alittle bit of garlic and melt cheese on top, and they were happy to make it for us. Service is always good.. :-D

  • Angie says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:26 pm   

    Whenever I can get out with my other mom friends we go to Casa Perico. We love the food and they never rush us even with several squirmy kids in tow. Fresh food and some good company makes for a great lunch at Casa Perico!

  • Jenn Marshall says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 9:16 pm   

    We recently ate at Abel’s and loved it! But now need to try this place out! Good review and comments!

  • Jason says:
    October 31st, 2010 at 9:39 am   

    Had lunch here late last week with high expectations for Casa Perico. I had fajitas and though they were respectable I did not think they were phenominal. The beef was better than the chicken, possibly should have went all beef. After hearing/reading all of the raving about the fajitas here maybe the bar was just too high. Definately not the best i have ever had. The salsa was pretty good and the queso was a notch above “chesse jelly”. Tortillas as mentioned earlier could stand some improvement. Ask for the fried jalepenos and onions they are complimentary if you request them, they were good on the fajitas!! As Jenn mentions Abels above, this place is not as good as abel’s and though I would eat here again if i was in the mood for tex-mex and happened to be in the area, I probably would not go out of my way again to eat here.

  • Chef Jeani says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 5:12 pm   

    We cannot wait to come and ENJOY all the Great foods we have been hearing the Rave about! My sister from Lee Summit, MO {Stephanie Teem-Caswell} & her friend {Micheal Orem} sent our family a gift card from Groupons so LOOK OUT Casa Perico here we come! This is certainly a rare treat for us and our little grand-daughters we are raising and especially so since my husband was laid off 1 year ago. We are Blessed To Be A Blessing, Jeani & Jay Dickens / Wellness Consultant & Minister/ & YES a Chef {LOL}

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