Jeff’s Country Cafe
3401 N. Classen Blvd.
One of the best things about being an adult is eating whatever you want, whenever you want. Here is an old-school diner with old-school prices — and old-school, heart-clogging, hair-on-your-chest breakfast selections served all day. It’s impossible to beat the 10-oz. rib-eye steak with two eggs and two side choices, including hash browns, grits, sliced tomatoes or biscuits and gravy for $7.50. For $2 more, why not add a side of bacon? Might as well finish the job right.
3618 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Sure, Pizza Zone is known as that pizza joint on 36th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue that’s always open when the clubs and bars let out at 2 a.m. — who hasn’t drunkenly devoured their Greek Pizza? But for a cost-efficient, satisfying dinner at a decent hour, try the gyro special: a gyro packed with meat, veggies and sauce for $5.99. It comes with fries and a drink, too. Also noteworthy are the Philly cheesesteak and meatball subs (both $5.99) that would even leave Jared asking, “Subway who?”
3409 NW 23rd St.
Why spend twenty minutes trapped in a car, idling in a Taco Bell drive-thru for something as boring and bland as a corporate bean burrito when this place is right up the street? First, all tacos are a buck on Tuesdays. Next, the monster Burrito Impossible ($8.99) will put any piddly fast-food item to shame. It is three pounds of pure culinary machismo: two flour tortillas stuffed with three meats (steak, tongue, cabeza, chorizo, chicken or barbacoa), rice, beans and salsa.
Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili
4723 N May Ave.
Ron’s has perfected a Caligula-worthy combo of hedonistic delights with its Jumbo Chili Cheeseburger ($7.25, or $9.50 for double meat). It’s a one-third pound all-beef patty topped with Ron’s exclusive pepper cheese and fried onions on a fresh bun and then drenched with his award-winning chili. It’s truly the best of both worlds. And as a bonus, if there’s room, a half-order of fries ($2.00) makes the perfect mop-up tool for that chili leftover on the plate.
2727 NW 50th St.
There are few places left in OKC like Ray’s. It’s a no-frills relic of a bygone era that seems like it could’ve been the basis for the ’70s sitcom Alice. With their prices — and quality home-cooked Southern food — they don’t need to be swanky. The food does all the talking: “Shut up and eat.” Try the Sirloin Steak and Jumbo Shrimp Dinner ($8.99). The steak is juicy, the shrimp is plump and the sides are abundant: salad, bread and two veggies. The fried okra is especially recommended.
Zamzam Mediterranean Grill & Hookah
3913 N. Macarthur Blvd.
One of the premier Middle Eastern restaurants in the metro, Zamzam offers twists on traditional favorites. The Zamzam Quesadilla ($8.99) is an act of genius. But what makes the eatery stand out are the vegetarian options that will satisfy even the thriftiest vegan. The Signature Veggie Sampler ($9.99) is an embarrassment of riches: creamy hummus, tangy baba ganooj, zesty grape leaves, tart tabouli, piping-hot falafel, rich yogurt salad and plenty of fresh pitas.
Mr. Sprigg’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q
1017 S. Air Depot Blvd.
Will Ferrell once said that Mr. Sprigg’s made him want to move to Oklahoma and eat it for “breakfast, lunch, dinner and Taco Bell fourth meal.” While Ferrell isn’t hurting for money, he’d be just as impressed with its prices. The sandwiches are inexpensively tops, but the real deal here is half BBQ chicken ($5.95), slow-cooked and covered in signature spices. Add a small side of potato salad ($1.95) and, for dessert, a slice of the best sweet potato pie ($2.70).
— by Louis Fowler, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman