Poblano Grill vs. Casa Perico: an Okla-mex challenge

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Poblano Grill operates three Oklahoma City metro locations. They are open every day from 11am to 9pm (Friday and Saturday until 10pm). Find out more on their website.

A while back, Tim wrote about his Okla-mex pick, Casa Perico. I agree that his choice is a good one. In fact, my family and friends frequent the place on a regular basis. It became our back up Ted’s, when the wait at Ted’s began exceeding an hour on a regular basis. But…

Poblano Grill in Oklahoma CityI think here lately that Poblano Grill has edged ahead of Casa Perico, although only very slightly. And here are the reasons why:

1) Salsa. Salsa is important to every Okla-mex conisseur. The salsa must be so good that one feels as if he could mainline it through an I.V. Ted’s has the best salsa in town, followed by Poblano Grill, then Casa Perico. Flavor and texture are what makes the grade. I like a smoother salsa like Ted’s and Poblano’s, as opposed to the chunkier Casa Perico salsa.

2) Fajita-smoke-cling-factor. Every time my friends and I eat fajitas for lunch at Casa Perico, everyone in the building where we work knows upon our return. You see, the fajita smoke at Casa Perico has a certain cling-to-your-clothes factor that is unbelievable. You literally have to shower to get it out of your hair and clothes. Poblano Grill’s fajitas, however, have no cling factor, making it more difficult for one’s co-workers to determine where lunch was consumed. This may not bother some folks, but it does bother me. The fajitas at both restaurants are delicious, though.

3) Being known by name by the manager. It’s very nice when we walk into Poblano Grill to be recognized and greeted by name by the managers, Chris and Aaron. On the other hand, this can be embarrassing. I mean, to actually eat at a place so often that one’s name is known by the employees is…..well…..nice. All of the pretty ladies at Casa Perico are very friendly also.

4) Cheese sauce. Poblano wins here hands down.

5) Fajita onions. I differ from Tim on this one. Whereas he prefers the larger chunks of un-marinated onions at Perico, I definitely think the smaller, marinated onions at Poblano are just about the best things since sliced bread. They have figured out how to grill them to perfection – small, carmelized, marinated – just absolutely delicious. In fact, I think eating huge forkfuls of these onions is almost better than eating the meat.

6) Sopapillas. Poblano has the best thing going here, with a carmelly-vanilla syrup they drizzle on top. You’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Matter of fact, my husband gets the spoon out to make sure every drop of sopapilla syrup has been consumed. This is really saying something, because he actually skews the national average of sugar consumption up several pounds for every American each year. We’re talking serious sweet tooth, here.

7) Never a wait. I almost hate to mention this point, because I don’t want OKC’s best kept Mexican food secret to get out. But here goes. We never have a wait at either Poblano Grill or Casa Perico.

8 ) To-go cups and good ice. The waiters at Poblano almost always offer us a to-go cup of our favorite beverage and they have the good, small crushed ice pellets, rather than the normal, huge chunks of restaurant ice that you can’t fit in your mouth to crunch on.

I love both restaurants and will continue to patronize both. And I’m really glad we have such great Okla-mex here in town. I think it says a lot when my family from Dallas and Houston love to come eat Mexican food here at Oklahoma City restaurants, as each of those towns has its own plethora of fine Mexican food establishments. But that’s another article for another day.

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  • OkPete says:
    November 10th, 2007 at 9:32 am   

    Thanks for the review. I’ll consider give Poblanos a try. However it is hard to take seriously any restaurant that has a mustached poblano pepper dressed as a mariachi serving beer! :) However, I know my sopapilla drive will overpower my common sense.

  • Sarah says:
    November 10th, 2007 at 10:26 am   

    ha ha, OKPete – just go for dessert sometime. You’ll be glad you did.

  • Dr. Pork says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 11:22 am   

    I’ve been to the Poblano’s in Edmond (think it closed) and the one in North Park many times. When we go now, it’s just for margarita’s. The food doesn’t sniff Perico’s.

    For one, Poblano’s doesn’t have habanero salsa. That’s a strike right off the bat. Perico’s habanero salsa won’t burn paint off the walls like Ted’s will, it has a great flavor, is surved in an iron skillet, and may be the best salsa in the city as far as restaurants go.

    Other than the corn and mashed potatoes they have as sides at Poblano’s, they have nothing as far as entres go that’s good at all. I’d put it a step above El Chico at best.

    The Carne Asada at Perico’s dominates anything on Poblano’s menu. The chilaquiles is oustanding as well.

  • Sarah says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 6:47 pm   

    I agree the menu at Poblano is limited. And in fact, the last few times I’ve eaten TexMex, it’s been back at Casa Perico. I go back and forth, depending on what I’m in the mood for. The Poblano in Edmond is just under another name now because the people that run it didn’t want to pay a franchise fee to Poblano (according to the manager at another Poblano.) It’s the same food, though. I really like and appreciate the veggie section on Perico’s menu. Thanks for your comments!

  • Beth D says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:01 am   

    I love Pablano Grill and their food is very comparable to Ted’s. It’s closer to my house than Ted’s and never a wait. The service has always been good along with the food. My favorite is their spinach enchilada with sour cream sauce. Yummy!!

  • CJ says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 6:40 pm   

    I must be the only person in OKC who hates Teds! So I tried Casa Perico. It smelled really bad in there and my husband and I both got sick that night, and we are both ” iron guts” who never get sick, so I think something was really rotten there. I’m surprised they haven’t been shut down.

  • Tim says:
    May 23rd, 2009 at 10:35 pm   

    @CJ, wow that’s too bad. I can understand the disappointment at a negative experience like that, but I hope you won’t be too quick to shun a place on one bad experience. I’ve eaten there a lot of times and never gotten sick and I know a lot of others who have stayed healthy as well.

    Appreciate the comment though. It’s always good to hear everyone’s experiences.

  • Kevin says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 8:01 am   

    Had to laugh at the go there so often they know your name. For me it was more a drink than a name

    A former haunt of mine, I could walk in and there would already be a pitcher of diet coke on the table, as they saw me pull in the lot. I arrived earlier than normal once and the first staffer who saw me hollared out the Diet Coke guy is early today.

    Yeah, I like Diet Coke, not that it ever helped much.

  • Wimpy says:
    October 6th, 2009 at 3:30 pm   

    I had lunch at Pablanos recently, it was above average, I had a good meal, good service and nice clean place, also I especially liked the corn with peppers (pablanos maybe?)I would definately go back.

  • Richard says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 9:17 pm   

    Teds I found overpriced and bland 3 out of 3 times I have eaten thier, Pablanos grill that was nw expressway was good,the one on Macarther was also good closed now,North Park was just bad and so was mwc one havent eaten at the new one on southside going have to try it soon but so far Ive been enjoying the street tacos more

  • Dustin says:
    December 6th, 2009 at 12:50 am   

    For me its: 1. Casa Perico 2. Pablano 3. Teds. Casa Pericos has the best Okla-Mex HANDS DOWN!! There is never a wait, the food is brought to you in less than 5 minutes most of the time, and the plates and food are H-O-T HOT! The drinks are GIANT! I never need a refill. The waiters/waitresses are SUPER friendly and always deserving of a generous tip! Please put this place on your list! You wont be disappointed!

  • TxOkie says:
    April 8th, 2010 at 2:40 pm   

    My wife & I went to poblanos(May & Memorial).We’re both from San Antonio & wanted to try poblanos since it is close to our home. The service was terrible & the food was warm & had no taste.Maybe the people were there for the drinks but the food was really bad.We will continue going to Abuelos just acroos the way from there,they alway’s are consistent with their great service & great tasting food.Pericos is –ok–but none of the restaurants here compare with the restaurants in San Antonio but then maybe we have different taste in food.

  • Andy Howe says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 10:37 am   

    Tried Poblanos for the 2nd time after having a less than acceptable experience the first time. This time it was the I240 location…last time it was the N. May location.
    It still is not good. The food is OK but not for the price….my gripe is the service….waiter took order without writing it down (very bad start…I should have known better)….then brought wrong order……never refilled water or tea unless we asked…..also never refilled chips unless we asked….at the end charged us all the wrong prices….it truely was a bad out of body experience.

  • Stormy says:
    September 25th, 2010 at 9:41 am   

    Pablano Grill is terrible. Don’t waste your time or money. The margarita’s are more water than anything and they use day old steak on their nachos. If you complain. Nothing is done and the manager looks at you like you are crazy. I will never go back.

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