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Iguana Mexican Grill started off as a little taco stand in Nichols Hill. Today Iguana is a bit bigger with a little more flash, but the casual atmosphere and great food has not changed. This Downtown restaurant serves up new Tex-Mex dishes like Chalupa Nachos, Layer Dip and of course tacos, burritos and enchiladas. Iguana also offers family-style dining available for the whole table only. The restaurant also offers special deals throughout the week like their dollar taco Tuesdays.
For a little South American flavor, head to Cafe do Brasil! Inside the restaurant, the decor greets visitors with high ceilings, tropical plants, and yellow walls that are accented by the dark wood furnishings. The menu features a wide variety of traditional and not-so traditional South American dishes including Jacaré ao Pantanal which is fried alligator served with a honey-mustard dipping sauce, Casquinha da Siri, a crab sauce served in the shell and the classic Picanha Brasileira, a perfect flank-steak served with Feijão Tropeiro (mixture of Pinto beans, cassava, bacon, eggs and much more). Cafe do Brasil is also a popular brunch place - be sure to try a slice of their 'Brasilian Pie', a pocket stuffed with ham, mozzarella and spinach. Live music is a frequent feature, and the rooftop "Bossa Nova" bar is an excellent place to grab a Caipirinha and relax.
1492 is a unique restaurant in Oklahoma City, fusing together all kinds of Latin cuisines to form what they call "New World Latin Cuisine." You can certainly find all your Mexican favorites like guacamole, flautas, mole and tacos, but also more creative Latin-inspired dishes like chicken with mango mojo and coconut rice and sugarcane duck. Try a swirl margarita to accompany your meal.
Cafe Antigua serves up authentic Guatemalan cuisine, not something you find on every Oklahoma City corner. Don't let the small, casual restaurant fool you though, big flavors abound. Favorite menu items include the Motulenos and the Mosh. Cafe Antigua is especially popular for the fact that it serves its exotic breakfasts all day long. Although the food is simple, the flavors are huge.
For delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex grub, Ted's Cafe Escondido is an excellent option. The decor is brightly colored and festive, with tile tabletops and beautiful zarapes hanging from the ceiling. The menu includes all of the 'South of the Border' favorites like tacos, enchiladas and much more. Ted's also has a good selection of combo platters for extremely hungry diners who can't seem to make up their minds.