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    Multiple Locations El Chico

    Driving down NW Expressway this morning, and noticed El Chico's recently went out of business.


    Looks like the El Chico on N May has closed too.

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    Default Re: El Chico's on NW Expressway out of business

    its about time - that time has been terrible the last couple of times my wife picked that place to eat

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    Default Re: El Chico's on NW Expressway out of business

    Really surprised it stayed open as long as it did.

    One of the few remaining restaurants from the 70's and 80's.

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    El Chico is a terrible Mexican restaurant. It won't be missed. I wish the one in Quail Springs Mall would bite the dust and be replaced by something cool. I remember when it opened as a Garcia's. Garcia's >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> El Chico.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimatesooner View Post
    its about time - that time has been terrible the last couple of times my wife picked that place to eat
    What did you do to make her that mad at you lol?

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    The last time I recall El Chicos being good were when they had the one in Shepard Mall. Cant say I didn't see this coming.

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    ^

    And it probably wasn't very good then, either. We just had very little to compare it to.

    Like most things, restaurants have come a long way in the last 30 years or so.

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    I could be wrong but i think the one on Hefner & May is closed also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    ^

    And it probably wasn't very good then, either. We just had very little to compare it to.

    Like most things, restaurants have come a long way in the last 30 years or so.

    They were actually pretty good but not anymore and its not even close. There used to be a place on NW 23rd{N side, around Western} as well as a place on S Walker just a block or 2 south of I40 that was pretty good both of which names escape me. There was also El Charrito in Paseo that was pretty good.

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    Default Re: El Chico's on NW Expressway out of business

    Quote Originally Posted by achilleslastand
    S Walker just a block or 2 south of I40
    wasn't that one called la roca? -M

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    El Chico corporate also owns Cantina Laredo which is in Penn Square.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin View Post
    wasn't that one called la roca? -M
    That was it.......Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryOKC6 View Post
    El Chico corporate also owns Cantina Laredo which is in Penn Square.
    Belch.....
    Laredos has never been the same since they were on 63rd.

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    Prunepicker Guest

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilleslastand View Post
    Belch.....
    Laredos has never been the same since they were on 63rd.
    Laredo's name was changed to Casa de los Milagros. It's on N Classen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garin View Post
    I could be wrong but i think the one on Hefner & May is closed also.
    There isn't one there, but there is one a mile south (May & Britton) that is alive and well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prunepicker View Post
    Laredo's name was changed to Casa de los Milagros. It's on N Classen.
    Yes I know I should have phrased that differently.
    It isn't owned by the same people anymore is it?

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    I have not had the Cantina Laredo in Penn Square but I have had it in other cities and it wasn't terrible. Much better than El Chico. Is the one at Penn that bad?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilleslastand View Post
    Belch.....
    Laredos has never been the same since they were on 63rd.
    You're talking about two different places. Cantina Laredo in Penn Square is a chain store and apparently part of El Chico according to GaryOKC6. It's awful, BTW.

    The former LAREDO restaurant was/is locally-based and family-owned. The building it was in on 63rd was sucked up by the Chesapeake campus. The owner used the funds from the sale to (very slowly) build a replacement which opened a few years ago next to the Belle Isle IHOP at NW Expressway and Classen. It was renamed Casa de Milagros because of a name dispute with a chain...presumably the one in PSM.

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    I went CdM twice in their new location. The first time it was amazing. We took my in-laws a few months later and the food and service were both absolutely terrible. I was completely embarrassed and have never returned. This was 2 or 3 years ago. I might be better now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urbanized View Post
    You're talking about two different places. Cantina Laredo in Penn Square is a chain store and apparently part of El Chico according to GaryOKC6. It's awful, BTW.
    Cantina Laredo must have really went downhill then. I had them several years ago in Houston and was pretty impressed. Of course it wasn't the most amazing Mexican food but for a chain place it was decent. Definitely a cut above chains like El Chico, On The Border, etc. The thing is though, with Mexican food, non-chain doesn't necessarily mean good. I have had so many terrible Mexican food experiences at hole in the wall restaurants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
    Cantina Laredo must have really went downhill then. I had them several years ago in Houston and was pretty impressed. Of course it wasn't the most amazing Mexican food but for a chain place it was decent. Definitely a cut above chains like El Chico, On The Border, etc. The thing is though, with Mexican food, non-chain doesn't necessarily mean good. I have had so many terrible Mexican food experiences at hole in the wall restaurants.
    Remember that any discussion about food and restaurants is subjective. It's never black and white. Somebody will always love the very places you hate and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OKCDrummer77 View Post
    There isn't one there, but there is one a mile south (May & Britton) that is alive and well.
    Yup your right, I was by there on Friday at lunch time and there was only five cars in the parking lot, which is the reason I thought it was closed cause a few weeks ago it was at lunch time and there was not a single car in the lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Achilleslastand View Post
    Yes I know I should have phrased that differently.
    It isn't owned by the same people anymore is it?
    I believe it is. I'm going to eat there this week, unless I decide to go to
    Los Amigos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prunepicker View Post
    I believe it is. I'm going to eat there this week, unless I decide to go to
    Los Amigos.
    How do you think it is? I've tried it once and found it to be terrible. Ted's and Alfredo's are superior to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
    How do you think it is? I've tried it once and found it to be terrible. Ted's and Alfredo's are superior to it.
    Los Amigos?
    Good but not great.
    Three tequilas in Edmond and Tacos Don Nacho on S Council are 2 of my favorite spots courtesy of just browsing ratings on Urbanspoon.

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