Even though NE 23rd Street is one of the most historical streets in Oklahoma City, many locals tend to forget that it’s also home to some of the most grassroots and homegrown eateries in town, the best having a specific focus on soul food, barbecue and old-fashioned Southern cooking. NE 23rd Street restaurants are OKC’s culinary history all in a few blocks and really should be revered as such.
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Oklahoma City and the surrounding metro are replete with many a chain deli restaurant, but none of those places do it quite like The Stuffed Olive.
“We were trying to serve
fresh food in south suburban Oklahoma City,” Durow said. “There aren’t a
lot of locally owned, made-from-scratch type restaurants here, and we
wanted to offer that to people around here.”
Stuffed Olive certainly strikes the perfect balance between the
convenience of the Panera Bread set and sit-down restaurant quality,
with the added benefit of having the loving feel of homemade food. Each
of the menu’s 16 standard sandwich offerings does its part in showing
off that careful attention.
right, the ham and Brie sandwich
ham and Brie ($6.99) is especially tasty, a warm concoction of gooey
Brie and spiral-sliced ham that finds a brilliant counterpart in the
accompanying subtly sweet caramelized onions and pepper jelly, with mayo
there to smooth out the entire plate.
The Sicilian club ($6.99) is another standout with fresh turkey, along with salami and provolone seemingly flown straight in from Italy; the mayo is cut with a bright basil pesto to add a nice bit of cream and bite.
There are others, like the hot and hearty CBMS ($6.99) — which is chicken, bacon, mushroom and Swiss — and the classic muffuletta ($7.25) with a tangy spread of olive salad and a particularly scrumptious basil vinaigrette.
soups ($4.29 for a cup, $5.99 for a bowl) and salads ($5.95) aren’t
slouches, either. The Caesar BLT takes the standard formula and beefs —
err, porks — it up with bacon, which feels like cheating, but I’m more
than willing to let that slide.
There’s also the Asian-leaning Bonsai
that pairs mixed greens with a healthy portion of fruit (mandarins and
apples), along with feta, spiced nuts and a flavorful ginger-soy sauce
right, the strawberry spinach salad and chicken corn soup
Durow notes that many customers gravitate toward some of the healthier options, especially the OMG chicken salad ($6.99) and the pesto garden ($7.25), the latter of which is served open-faced on focaccia with a salty artichoke heart, onion, olive salad, mushroom, the aforementioned pesto mayo and creamy goat cheese.
The tomato-basil soup is another popular choice, and all three dishes seem to lead to a fair amount of repeat customers.