For today’s review I am going to talk about an old favorite, Del Rancho. To me this restaurant is the epitome of comfort food in the Oklahoma City metro. The first time I remember eating at one, I was 6 years old and we took our food back to my grandmother’s house in Norman. While eating, I lost 1 of my teeth. It fell to the floor but I remember the panic while crawling on the floor trying to find it. If I didn’t have that tooth, I wouldn’t get a visit from the Tooth Fairy.
Of course, the best thing to order on their menu is what they are known for, the Steak Sandwich Supreme. I know there are other items on the menu, but I’ve only tried a few because I want that huge steak sandwich. Basically, it’s a chicken fried steak slapped on a bun. The steak itself is huge and when covered with lots of breading and deep fried, it becomes massive. There is just something they get right with the flavor, it is truly one of the best chicken fried steaks in town and yes you can order it just as a meal. Back to the sandwich, the chicken fried steak is placed on the bun with mayo (Miracle Whip), lettuce and tomato. Really it doesn’t get much better than the Steak Sandwich Supreme. I have read on their website that the sandwich was perfected in 1964.
They also have some of the best sides in town. I love their hand breaded onion rings. The onions are huge as well and lightly breaded with a similar taste as the chicken fried steak. The tator tots are also good and deep fried to be crisp on the outside. My favorite is the fried green beans. The only way to eat green beans are fried and they do a great job. Lightly breaded and served with a housemade ranch, my favorite side.
There are locations all over the metro area, the first one I ate at was in Norman on Lindsey Street near I-35. It’s still there after opening in 1979. There are some that you can go in and sit down and other where you just drive up. I highly recommend getting the Steak Sandwich Supreme with a side of onion rings. The true definition of Oklahoma comfort food, they get 5 strips of bacon.
Address- Norman- 2300 W Lindsey St.; Moore- 1409 N Moore Ave.; Mustang- 462 W Highway 152; Midwest City- 9411 NW 10th St., 9201 SE 29th St.; Oklahoma City- 5111 N MacArthur Blvd., 2741 NE 23rd St., 16 SW 59th St.; Tahlequah- 4800 S Muskogee.
I drive past this restaurant everyday, in an old Braums building on NW 63rd Street. Every time I think, “You know, I need to try this place.” Took me 4 years but we finally stopped a few weeks ago and now I wish I had stopped earlier, this place is outstanding.
Since it is in an old Braums, it is small inside but they do have patio for outdoor dining. Of course they have the typical Tex-Mex menu, so I went with my favorite chimichanga. They have a large selection of sides so along with my rice, I tried some Mexican corn. First thing that was served were the chips with salsa and queso. Perfect starter for my first trip, the chips were light and buttery. The queso was thick and creamy with just enough kick to give it good flavor. Next up was the main course, the ground beef chimichanga was deep fried to a golden crisp. It was a good size but not too large, I could actually finish it without asking for a to-go box. The ground beef and cheese mixed inside quite well with a bowl of sour cream sauce for pouring over or dipping. The rice and corn were equally good as well.
The service was great, food was prepared quickly and the chips and queso were replenished frequently. Since I no longer eat fast food Mexican, I will add Casa Perico to my list of favorite Mexican places along with San Marcos and Chelinos. They do have a second location near Quail Springs Mall, I just haven’t visited it yet. I happily give them 5 strips of bacon.
Guess what you get when your teenage daughter has to have blood taken? Ice Cream!!! Well she only got ice cream because the nurse used it to bribe her into not hitting any of us while they were taking blood and I just went with it. She did good (just a finger prick) and so we all got ice cream. Did I go to Braums, Sonic, or our favorite, Dairy Queen? Not this time, we made a trip to the newest location of Roxy’s Ice Cream.
We actually tried it last summer at their location in the Plaza district and liked it. But it was too far to drive, so we didn’t make a return visit. But about a month ago, we discovered that a new location had been opened in the new Oak Grove shopping center on the southwest corner of NW 122nd and MacArthur. I had been looking for a reason to visit and being a good girl while blood was drawn seemed like a perfect excuse.
I’ve been saying for years that Oklahoma City needed an ice cream shop. Go to Michigan, you can find these shops everywhere but we really never had anything like it here. Yeah we have the above mentioned chains but nothing truly local. I knew about the Roxy’s Ice Cream Truck- we had seen it around town. How could you miss it with pink “ice cream” dripping from the roof, it’s cute. The problem was I was never in the same place as it was, so I didn’t get to try their ice cream until their brick & mortar location opened in 2015. It was good, both me and Mae tried the mint chocolate chip while my husband went with the salted caramel. The mint chocolate chip was good, plenty of chocolate chips mixed in. We enjoyed our treat but it’s just too much trouble to tackle the Plaza district, so we didn’t go back. So I was excited to see that there was a new location closer to home. Once again my husband got salted caramel and I did as well. I can see why he keeps going back to that flavor, they did a real good job mixing the salt into the ice cream. I also got the cookies and crème, I know there were Oreo type cookies mixed in but I also believe there might be chocolate chip cookies in there as well. Might have to get it a few more times for “research”. Mae got her cookies and crème sandwiched in between two chocolate chip cookies. She loved it, guess it was worth getting blood taken after all. While we were there, we got my mother some cookies and crème in pint size for her 70th birthday. She enjoyed it, told me she ate the whole pint in one sitting.
Roxy’s Ice Cream Social started as a food truck in 2012 and opened their Plaza district location in 2015. On their website they claim the ice cream is Philadelphia style with no eggs. Don’t know what that means but hey it’s good. I give them five slices of bacon.
Address: Plaza District- 1732 NW 16th St. Oklahoma City; Classen Curve- 6150 NW Grand Blvd. Oklahoma City.
I try to look for new local places to eat, so while driving on SW 104th street I was keeping an eye out for something different. After seeing way too many national chain restaurants, I was about to settle on stopping at Crest to get some generic microwaveable lunch when as I pulled in I saw a sign for Victoria’s- The Pasta Shop. Well this has got to be better than that prepackaged slop from Crest, so I stopped to check it out.
Located at the end of the strip mall that runs along the north side of Crest, I was seated immediately. The menu was fairly simple, only a few appetizers and a limited number of entrée’s. I ordered stuffed mushrooms to start and they were brought out quickly. Over a dozen mushrooms caps, filled with pesto and onions, covered with cheese. They had a great flavor and I really enjoyed them. The entrée menu had the normal spaghetti, lasagna, and fettuccine but one thing was different- lasagna rolls. This is what I wanted to try- spinach, cheese, and shrimp rolled inside lasagna noodles covered with alfredo and marinara. Also brought out quickly, two big lasagna rolls garnished with a large french roll on top. This all had a good taste to it.
As I learned, there is another location in Norman near the University of Oklahoma. Hopefully they have the same great service and atmosphere. I give it five strips of bacon.