The last time I had been to Pepe Delgados they were still in their old location. I have been wanting to go there since I have moved back to Oklahoma and tonight was the night.
When we walked in the door we noticed how much larger they were and that now they have a full bar. Before they just sold a few beers. The interior was beautiful and had the same ambiance as a nice full service restaurant like a BJ’s. I paused at the door for a second thinking that a hostess was going to come up soon to seat us and give us menus. I then looked in the back and noticed the menu board in the back with a sign showing where to place the order. They still are using the fast casual concept.
We looked over the menu and I was glad that the menu didn’t change much. The items I remember from before were still there and they added a few more items as well. Their kitchen looked to be a lot bigger than I remembered. Which is a good thing since they have double the seating capacity and a larger menu. My dad ordered a pork burrito and a Pacifico draft beer. I ordered a plato vegetariano and a XX amber beer draft as well.
After we ordered we found a booth to sit at and I went back to grab our number while dad got some napkins and silverware. When our food came out I was happy that their food portion size has not changed throughout the years. My dad’s burrito was huge. It was wrapped in a 12 inch flour shell and the shell was almost too small for the filling inside. The burrito was stuffed with chunks of pork, beans, rice, lettuce, onions, and their avocado sauce. My dad thought it was really good, and thought the pork was tasty. The meat was not in small ground like pieces, and was flavored nicely he thought. It looked like it was almost like what you would get if you asked for pork fajita meat. He also really liked the chips and their green chili salsa.
My veggie platter was big as well, it came with fried potatoes mixed with griddled onions and green peppers, a dollop of their avocado sauce, shredded leaf lettuce, diced red onions, some slices or roma tomatoes, refried beans, and rice. There also was half a corn chip and some of their green chili salsa as well as two warm flour tortillas as well. (They also offer corn instead of flour). There was enough food to fill those two tortillas and then some. I got full eating the plate. My only complaints is I wish there was more avocado and green chili salsas.
All of the different components of the platter tasted good. The potatoes were crispy in the outside and soft inside. I could have eaten a plate of the potatoes themselves. The refried beans had perfectly cooked whole beans mixed in with them, and since the menu board states they do not use animal fats I did not have to worry about them being cooked with lard. The avocado sauce was nice and creamy, I am always a sucker for avocados. The green chili salsa was really good. It had a slight kick to it, it looked like it was made with roasted chilis and tomatillos. Like I said before I could have used a lot more.
I think that although my dad really liked his burrito he was slightly jealous of my plate. He mentioned that next time we come here he is going to order something different next time, try something than his usual. I noticed on the togo menu that they have other salsas as well, I think I am going to try them, at least one that has more heat.
All in all it is the same Pepe Delgados I remember, just moved up in the world. It is cool that they have bigger and better digs. A full bar, areas for private parties, a nice, friendly staff, with the owner still 20 years later walking around making sure people were happy with a big smile on his face. With so many choices for Mexican in Campus Corner, and in Norman this one is one of the best in the area. I just try to avoid the area when school is in session. I will have to try to eat here more often during OU’s breaks.