Let’s Do Greek–Oklahoma City, OK

Let’s Do Greek
7202 W. Hefner Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 603-4444
Lets Do Greek

Lets Do Greek on Hefner Rd.


Update Mar. 2020: For a while the restaurant has been serving food in to-go containers even if you eat it in the restaurant. With the city-wide mandate in March 2020 that all restaurants discontinue their dine-in service, it is really business as usual at Let’s Do Greek since most of their orders were take-out anyway. Now, though, you have to call in your order and they bring it to you outside. I am not sure if the food truck is operating at the moment.

Let’s Do Greek had been operating in Edmond for a number of years before it moved to its present location in far northwest Oklahoma City. Along with the move has been a greater emphasis on its popular food truck, with the restaurant restricting its hours so that the owners can devote the time necessary to their mobile location. The official hours on the restaurant’s web site are Monday through Friday 11 am to 8 pm. Google reports that it closes at 7:30 pm, so there might be some difference between summer and winter hours.

Much of the menu is well suited for a food truck, and includes a large number of sandwiches and fast food type of meals. I believe the menu has been cut back from the one they had in Edmond, although my favorite dish from the old restaurant–suvlakia chicken–is still available (it is not served from the food truck, though). Even if the menu is not what they had in Edmond, I believe it is at least 90 percent the same.

The type of food served is also interesting. The husband is originally from Venezuela and the wife is from Iran. They have added items from both of these cuisines to make it more interesting, but the core of the menu is still Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. The most popular item at the restaurant seems to be gyros, and this always seems to be a daily special when I go to the restaurant.

Suvlakia Chicken

Suvlakia chicken

Suvlakia chicken

So far the Suvlakia Chicken has been one of my favorite items, and I think this compares very favorably to the various Mediterranean and Middle Eastern restaurants in town. The sauce was very good, the seasoning was perfect, but most of all I enjoyed the chicken.

At the Edmond restaurant the Suvlakia chicken also came on a sandwich or in a salad (now only the rice plate and the salad options are available). The “Let’s Do Bigger Plates” option is still available, and is the one shown in the photo (the plate comes with a Greek salad and a choice of rice). The Bigger Plates, although more expensive than the sandwiches, tend to be less expensive than similar items at other restaurants.

Gyros Bowl

Gyros bowl

Gyros bowl

For me it is hard to compare the Gyros Bowl with the Suvlakia chicken, but I thought the gyros was good as well. The gyros bowl is often served as a daily special, and when this is the case it becomes particularly attractive as a meal choice. I thought the meat was quite good, and the grilled pita was a nice touch.

Chicken Arepa

Chicken arepa

Chicken arepa

Chicken Arepa is a Venezuelan dish, but the one here is served with an excellent tzitziki sauce which I think may make it better than many others (the chicken was excellent also). I did not care a whole lot for the shell, and I found myself still being hungry after ordering this as a meal (other items that come on a bed of rice are better for satisfying my hunger). It is very tasty, though, and would make a good lunch or smaller dinner meal.

Curry Chicken Stew

Curry chicken stew

Curry chicken stew

When I found out that the Curry Chicken Stew was a Persian dish I had to order it, and when I found out how good it tastes I had to go back to order it again. This also definitely gets my seal of approval, especially with the Dill Rice shown in the photo. The curry is not spicy like Indian or Thai curries, but does have a rich mixture of spices.

Oregano Chicken

Oregano chicken salad

Oregano chicken salad

Oregano Chicken is available in five different forms: sandwiches, salads, bowls, Bigger Plates, and arepas. Thankfully, though, they are all the same delicious oregano chicken (cooked with virgin olive oil, herbs, and lemon juice). The salad was my favorite form of it because of the fact that the chicken tends to be spicy, and the lettuce is an offset to this.

Oregano chicken bowl

Oregano chicken bowl

The Oregano Chicken Bowl also has very fresh and flavorful chicken, although I like the salad better for reasons outlined in the previous paragraph.

Falafel

Falafel plate

Falafel plate

Falafel comes in three forms: salad, plate, or bowl (“bowl” simply means that it is served on your choice of rice–basmati and dill are the two I have tried). The photo shown here is the plate which comes with a Greek salad and rice (in this case it was dill).

I have to say, though, that the falafel tastes as if it is from a mix, and is the only thing I have tried so far that I would not recommend (especially considering the number of other restaurants in town that have better versions of falafel).

I think this is a slightly smaller version of their regular Greek salad, and the salad was quite good.

Greek Salad

Greek salad

Greek salad

The Greek Salad is available as a menu item, and also comes with the dinners on the “Let’s Do Bigger Plates” menu. My salad came with a mix of lettuce greens, tomatoes, kalamata olives, peppers, feta, and a house Greek vinaigrette. Although it was very good, I think those primarily looking for a salad would find a better choice at the Middle Eastern restaurants such as Nunu’s.

Recommendations
Compared to the old Edmond restaurant the new place is more of a fast food style eatery (with more spartan tables and decor than before, although it is a regular restaurant setting).

The food is the same as before, as far as I can tell. The Edmond restaurant closed at 7:00 pm while the new restaurant closes at 8:00 according to the web site and 7:30 according to Google. It is closed on Saturday and Sunday, though (I think the Edmond restaurant was open on Saturday). Because the restaurant largely has a fast food concept, it does not matter if you walk in ten minutes before closing time–there is still plenty of time to get your food and eat it without feeling that you are being rushed by the staff. I would say to call, though, and find out what is the correct closing time.

One piece of advice I would definitely give is to look at the “specials” board if you are budget-conscious. It seems that they always have the gyros bowl or sandwich on special, and as far as I remember there is always another item on special as well (the second item changes daily).

There is not a wide selection of their Iranian and Venezuelan dishes, but the ones they have are definitely worth a try. I especially like the curry chicken stew (a Persian dish). The suvlakia chicken bowl and gyros bowl are very close runners-up to the curry chicken stew.


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Greek
Cost: $$ ($ if you get the daily special)
Hours: Open Mon-Fri 11 am to 8 pm (food truck runs on weekends)
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking

Most Recent Visit: Mar. 25, 2020
Number of Visits: 10+
Best Items: Suvlakia Chicken, Curry Chicken Stew, Oregano Chicken Salad, Gyros Bowl

 

Special Ratings
star 5 Suvlakia Chicken
star 5 Oregano Chicken Salad
star 5 Chicken Curry Stew
star 5 Gyros Bowl
star 4 Grilled Chicken Arepa

The Catch–Oklahoma City, OK

The Catch
2127 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 849-4300
The Catch on Memorial Rd.

The Catch on Memorial Rd.


There is a prominent local radio talk show host who I find interesting not only for his political views and knowledge of current events, but who also frequently shares personal stories which can be good sources of information as well. On a recent program he mentioned that he had tried a newly opened Cajun restaurant called The Catch, and how it serves “real” Cajun food as opposed to some others which may taste good but are not authentic Cajun. He knows because he moved to Oklahoma City from Lafayette, Louisiana. My own visits to Louisiana have confirmed to me that not all restaurants around the country that are trying to capitalize on the Cajun food popularity really live up to what they advertise themselves to be.

The Catch is a chain out of Texas, a state which itself has a pretty substantial Cajun population. The Catch’s first venture outside of Texas has been in Oklahoma City, where they recently opened three restaurants (The Catch’s web site only lists the location on Memorial Road but Yelp indicates that there are two others).

The menu at The Catch is not very extensive but it certainly fit my experience of how Cajun food should taste. I know that many people are seeking good taste rather than authenticity, but with this type of food I think preparing it the right way (as the radio talk show host said) is the key to it being good. In any case, this particular restaurant is what I would describe as good.

The price was a little high, but I splurged a little bit (readers can refer to the menu below and determine whether it is within their price range).

I got an order to go, but it looked as if the take-out containers were served to everyone whether they ate in or out. The major difference was that if you ate on the premises you could get refills on the drinks. They also had a condiment bar in case you wanted to add some flavor to the food. One of the employees advised me that he liked the food as it was served and did not make use of the additives they provided, and I agreed with him after trying the food. I should point out that in Louisiana the custom seemed to be to eat the food as it was served and to not add anything to it.

Shrimp

This is their smallest order of fried shrimp

Fried shrimp and hush puppies

The main dishes at The Catch include fried shrimp, catfish, oysters, crawfish, and chicken. There is also boiled shrimp, Po Boys, tacos, and some blackened dishes. I went with the Fried Shrimp, and got the smallest order they had (which was just about the right size for lunch). I was pretty impressed with the shrimp, and I found that the batter was lighter and much more flavorful than most that I have tried (it would probably be in the mid range for those in Louisiana and very high on the scale anywhere away from the coast). Their largest order is called the “Jumbo,” not to be confused with the fact that all orders have what I would consider to be jumbo shrimp in terms of size.

The Hush Puppies were the least impressive part of the meal I had, but I still enjoyed them (they were just a little more mushy than most).

Red Beans & Rice

Red beans and rice

Red beans and rice

The shrimp baskets come with fries, but they offered to substitute Red Beans and Rice for them at no extra cost. For me this was a real treat and a real bargain. The order of red beans was quite large and had an exceptional smoky flavor with a large amount of sausage thrown in. They were spicy to a good and appropriate level, and I certainly think this restaurant knows what they are doing on this dish.

Gumbo

Gumbo

Gumbo

I wanted to try the Gumbo, which was the main thing that ran up the price for me. It turned out to have very much the same kind of smoky flavor that was in the red beans and rice, but the gumbo had different ingredients including some shrimp and what seemed to be a larger amount of sausage than was in the red beans and rice. In fact, I thought at first that they had mistakenly given me two orders of the same thing until I dug in and found that the ingredients were different (the sauce seemed to be exactly as the one in the red beans & rice).

Other Comments
Some of the highlights of The Catch included the freshness of the shrimp and the flavor of the gumbo and red beans & rice (I think they had the same sauce). I also have to say that they know what they are doing with the sausage (there was a generous amount in the red beans & rice and even more in the gumbo).

I did notice a “fried food” aftertaste from the shrimp, though. This is understandable because obviously the shrimp was fried, but I think there are some kinds of oil that I like better than others and one was not my favorite (the flavor was good but it was just the aftertaste that did not come off so well).

Both the gumbo and red beans & rice were so impressive that I really think I need to go back and try some other items.


RATING: 23

Cuisine: Cajun
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: Beer and Wine

Most Recent Visit: Mar. 6, 2020

Number of Visits: 1

Best Items: Gumbo, Red Beans and Rice, Fried Shrimp

Special Ratings
star 5 Fried Shrimp
star 5 Red Beans and Rice
star 5 Gumbo

Menu (Mar. 2020):