Ted’s Hamburgers

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A small, arrow-shaped neon sign at the corner of 29th West Avenue and Edison Street directs a crowd of customers into a small, white building where several women are bustling around a tiny kitchen, cranking out charburgers topped with tangy-sweet hickory sauce; homemade onion rings; orders of fries covered with the customer’s choice of chili, cheese, or cream gravy; and some of the best limeades I’ve ever had.

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Since 1963, Ted’s Hamburgers has been serving its specialties to customers in this little neighborhood a few blocks north of U.S. 412 and a few feet south of Osage County.

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It’s not much to look at — just a plain white building with glass-block windows next to the front counter and a few discarded school desks scattered around the lobby for patrons to sit on while they eat — but the burgers are good, the service friendly, the clientele loyal … and ohhhh, those wonderful limeades!

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Ron ordered a bacon cheeseburger, I got a charburger, and both of us wished we’d had sense enough to order the onion rings, which smelled heavenly. A guy ahead of us in line ordered a limeade, which was served to him with extra lime and a little uncertainty: “I squeezed a bunch in there. It might be too sour,” the server cautioned.

“That’s how I like ’em,” the guy assured her, taking a sip and smiling broadly.

I ordered one of my own and was delighted to find it had just the right level of tartness and was served over finely crushed ice, in a thick styrofoam cup — just the way I like it. I suspect Ted’s will become a regular haunt for me when the temperatures heat up and cold limeade becomes more or less a matter of survival.

The burgers weren’t bad — not as good as Hank’s, but certainly above average — but my plan is to focus on sides next time: the aforementioned onion rings and a helping of fries with gravy.

Service is a little slow, so I’d recommend calling ahead at (918) 582-9465 to avoid a long wait for your meal. While we waited for our meal, Ron and I amused ourselves by reading a free shopper from a rack next to the door and inspecting two faded advertising posters depicting Tulsa’s business scene in 1995-1996.

Ted’s is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Grades:
Value: A-
Service: B+
Convenience: B
Product: B
Overall: B

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~ by redforkhippie on February 10, 2007.

3 Responses to “Ted’s Hamburgers”

  1. Hmmm? Is it the Teds thats across the street from Central High School(our kids swim team practiced there)? We remember the old fashion soft serve ice cream cones. They would stack it high. The burgers were nice and greeezy(like my Okie husband likes to say).

  2. My parents used to take me there when I was a kid. I loved that place. It is not the same owner that I knew growing up, I believe he passed away, but the product has not changed a bit. I will have to take my dad there and buy him a burger for old-times sake.
    And yes, it is across the street from Central High.

  3. Used to skip class for a good burger from time to time in high school, might have to stop by one day.

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