Mama Roja’s serves quality food

I, like most Oklahomans, love a great Mexican restaurant and when I say Mexican, I mean Tex-Mex.

I grew up going to all of the great Tex-Mex restaurants in the metro, like Ted’s, Nino’s, Don Pablo’s, Chelino’s and many more. Sadly, a few of these are now extinct, so with fewer Mexican restaurants to choose from, I am always looking for a new one.

While on the north side of Oklahoma City recently, my friend and I decided to visit Mama Roja Mexican Kitchen, located at 9219 Lake Hefner Pkwy in Oklahoma City.

After seeing commercials on television and hearing talk from friends about Mama Roja, I anticipated the place would be expensive, crowded, far too fancy for my taste and serve mediocre Tex-Mex.

To my pleasant surprise, my assumptions were proved to be very wrong.

Because we went on a Sunday afternoon, we expected to wait at least 20 minutes for a table but we were seated immediately. Mama Roja’s is a larger-than-average restaurant that boasts plenty of indoor seating as well as a giant patio and meeting room.

We were given the standard Mexican restaurant set-up which included: chips, queso, three different types of salsa, relish, flour tortillas and corn tortillas. Sopapillas also are free.

The menu is similar to other Tex-Mex restaurants and has salads ranging from $12 to $14; different types of tacos from $11 to $13; and entrees such as fajitas, flautas, and tamales, ranging in price from $13 to $29. They also have burritos and enchiladas for $12 to $14.

I got the flauta dinner which was a little expensive, but included fajita chicken, sour cream sauce, mixed cheese,chipotle sour cream, guacamole and tomatillo sauce.

The fajita chicken was extremely juicy and had a great flavor. Everything included with my meal tasted very fresh and I enjoyed every bite. The price was the only drawback.

While Mama Roja’s is a bit pricey, I believe the food quality, customer service and view of Lake Hefner make up for it.

Rating: B

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