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OKG Eat: Delaphene's city

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When George Epperly bought the 160-acre chunk of earth that would someday become Del City, he probably didn’t know there would be good restaurants there one day. But we like to think his daughter Delaphene did and that’s why she asked the small municipality be named for her in 1948. Smart thinking, Delaphene. You probably got a lot of free meals back then.

— by Greg Elwell,

photos by Mark Hancock

Get a personal pan baked pizza to go at Hungry Howies in Del City, of course they keep the pan, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Get a personal pan baked pizza to go at Hungry Howies in Del City, of course they keep the pan, 9-23-15.

Hungry Howie’s

5501 Main St., Del City

hungryhowies.com

601-7444

Legally, you aren’t required to be hungry when you enter Hungry Howie’s. But morally, philosophically, if you’re not hungry, you must ask yourself, What am I doing with my life? Because when you enter this pie piazza, this dojo of dough, there is but one thing you can do: Order a pizza and take it down like a champ. Howie’s is known for flavored crusts and individual pan pizzas. And you shall be known as “the guy who ordered two.”

Through the week, patrons enjoy the daily lunch buffet at Tom-Yum Thai Kitchen in Del City, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Through the week, patrons enjoy the daily lunch buffet at Tom-Yum Thai Kitchen in Del City, 9-23-15.

Tom-Yum Thai Kitchen

4605 SE 29 St., Del City

670-7058

A warning for the ladies: We have reports of a guy named Tom taking dates to the Tom-Yum Thai Kitchen and trying to convince them that he owns the place. He’s also been telling women that the name came from his “delicious kisses.” He’s not telling the truth, and his moustache is rough to the touch. Instead, go there without Tom and enjoy a variety of Thai delicacies, such as fish with chili and basil or the aptly named Volcano Chicken.

A group of friends from Christian Heritage Academy enjoy a lunch together at Back Yard Grill in Del City, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • A group of friends from Christian Heritage Academy enjoy a lunch together at Back Yard Grill in Del City, 9-23-15.

Back Yard Grill

4630 SE 29th St., Del City

677-0000

How would you like your steak? Chicken-fried? Smothered? Chucked? These are some of the options for meat preparation at Del City’s famed Back Yard Grill. (Don’t let the name fool you; it is an indoor restaurant.) While it also offers sirloins and chicken, this slice of local heaven is best known for its delightful burgers and excellent, almost suspiciously good customer service. What are you hiding, Back Yard Grill? Why are you so nice?

Waitress Laura Sanchez serves a family for lunch at the Del City Ted's Escondido, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Waitress Laura Sanchez serves a family for lunch at the Del City Ted's Escondido, 9-23-15.

Ted’s Cafe Escondido

5301 Main St., Del City

tedscafe.com

813-8337

Escondido means “hidden,” which is sort of hilarious given Ted’s long reign as an Oklahoma City Tex-Mex favorite. If you like your tortillas fresh, fluffy and made with flour and your salsas quickly refilled, then Ted’s Cafe Escondido is certainly worth a stop. Its gooey, cheesy entrees haven’t been hidden for quite a while. In fact, if you’re having trouble finding Ted’s, just look for the long line of people patiently waiting for a table.

Tinker AFB personnel and others enjoy lunch at Grub in Del City, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Tinker AFB personnel and others enjoy lunch at Grub in Del City, 9-23-15.

Grub

5501 S. Main St., Del City

606-2542

If you think about it, “grub” is kind of a derogatory way to talk about food. Pigs grub for food by digging their snouts in the ground to find roots and such. But if you order roast chicken, hand-cut fries, mac and cheese or a lovely salad at this scratch kitchen restaurant in Del City, you might find yourself doing a pretty decent swine impression as you pig out to your heart’s content. Maybe this is an accurate name after all.

Akropolis Greek Restaurant, 4734 S.E. 29th Steet in Del City is a great place to eat lunch, and get you picture taken, 9-23-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Akropolis Greek Restaurant, 4734 S.E. 29th Steet in Del City is a great place to eat lunch, and get you picture taken, 9-23-15.

Akropolis Greek Restaurant

1809 S. Air Depot Blvd., Oklahoma City

733-1323

“Shhhhh,” he said, gently laying a tzatziki-dipped finger across your lips. “You don’t have to pretend.”

You’ve looked over the menu and acted like you were considering the dolmadakia (stuffed grape leaves) or the loukaniko (Greek sausage) dinner. And maybe, another day, you’ll get them. But he knows. You’re getting the Akropolis gyro.

Don's Alley restaurant in Del City is popular with the retired crowd for weekday breakfasts, 9-18-15. - MARK HANCOCK
  • Mark Hancock
  • Don's Alley restaurant in Del City is popular with the retired crowd for weekday breakfasts, 9-18-15.

Don’s Alley

4601 SE 29th St., Del City

677-9049

Step inside Don’s Alley and prepare to enter a time warp. The wooden tables, the standing glass pie case, the friendly waitresses who call you “hon” and “sugar” — this is where your parents ate and where your grandparents ate. And when a piping-hot plate of Salisbury steak or a pork cutlet sandwich with a giant dollop of mashed potatoes is placed gingerly on the table, it’s easy to see why everybody in Don’s is smiling.

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