Oklahoma City, OK
In 2008 the newest location of Interurban was opened at Memorial Road and MacArthur in northwest Oklahoma City. However, with the restaurant chain operating since 1976, it is hard for any long time residents to not be familiar with the name. I have personally eaten at several of the restaurant’s locations, including one in Tulsa when I was looking for “Oklahoma City style” hamburgers. The menu has significantly expanded since the first Interurban’s opening, but it also has the old standbys that go back to the early days.
Interurban is a casual eatery, and probably most popular at lunch. There is nothing fancy here, just American food with a Southwest flavor. There is Mexican food, pizza, and Cajun dishes in addition to the standard sandwiches, soups, and grilled dinners. The bar is more prominent than would usually be fitting for a “family restaurant,” but Interurban is not loud or in any way undesirable as a place to take the kids.
The Hamburgers I used to order in the 1980’s are no longer listed on the menu, that is, ones with a hickory sauce similar to the sauce used at Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler. I remember them, though, as being some of the best in OKC (I also found it in the Tulsa restaurant).
The Interurban on Memorial Road, though, has brought them back as a special item that is not listed on the menu. I found out about them when I told a waiter I missed the “old” food from the restaurant, and he said they still had some of it. They call it barbecue sauce instead of “hickory sauce,” but it is probably the same thing.
The burgers I have tried with this sauce were made with ground chuck, and had a larger than the normal patty. I do not know if it was because of the patty or the sauce, but I think these are not exactly the same burgers that I remember from the restaurant’s early days. I am not sure, though, and I do think they are pretty good burgers.
The Theta Burger has the same sauce but with a lot of other ingredients (including mayonnaise and a mound of grated cheese). Technically this is a burger on Interurban’s menu that comes with barbecue sauce, but I prefer to skip the other toppings and just get the sauce.
The French Fries have varied quite a bit, ranging from very good to being on the greasy side. I think a better choice usually the Sweet Potato Fries.
The restaurant offers so many sandwiches it seems that this is really its specialty (although of course there are other choices).
On paper at least, the Honey Chicken Sandwich sounded like one of the better choices. However, it turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment because of the chicken (which I thought was average), and even more so for the sauce (which I thought had a clash of flavors rather than a blend of the various components). The bun was good, and I especially liked the fact that red (and flavorful) tomatoes were served. The bacon that topped the sandwich I would describe as average, but an enhancement to the overall flavor.
The Okie Pig caught my attention, though, because it is an original item from the 1976 menu. It comes with the Interurban barbecue sauce (or you can get Louisiana hot sauce, but I did not ask for this on my sandwich). I thought it was a good thing I ordered it with the regular toppings, because this was a good mix of flavors (unlike the honey chicken). The bun was very good, and even though this was a sandwich it made a very filling dinner. Like the chicken sandwich I thought the meat on this one was average, but overall I liked it much better because of the toppings.
Interurban also has daily specials (after 5 PM Mon.-Thu. and Sunday brunch) that offer the chance to order several items at a reduced price. For instance, Monday is Italian night, with Spaghetti and Meatballs being one of the choices. I thought the meatballs were very good (but not very large), the sauce was good, and in fact everything was good but just not very memorable. It probably does not compare to any of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants, but for a budget meal on Monday night I thought it really served the purpose.
In contrast, though, I thought the Margherita Pizza (also a Monday night special) was pretty disappointing even for a restaurant that does not specialize in Italian food. The basil was very good but everything else was rather bland and unflavorful.
Hamburgers are the Tuesday special (available both at lunch and at night), and of course you can have your choice of toppings. I did find out that the portion size is the same as the regular menu, so it is a good deal.
I saw on the menu that Interurban offered some other “retro” dishes from the 1970’s, and I think they would be worth a try. So far I think the “old” items at Interurban are the best ones, even if they have to be special ordered (such as the Theta burger which skips all the toppings except the barbecue sauce).
Hours: Open Daily
Smoking: No smoking
Additional Locations: Edmond, Yukon, Norman, Tulsa, Chickasha, Ardmore, Duncan
Most Recent Visit: Sep. 5, 2016
Number of Visits: 5
Best Items: Okie Pig, Theta Burger (I like it with just the BBQ sauce), Sweet Potato Fries
|Honey Chicken Sandwich|
|Spaghetti and Meatballs|
|Sweet Potato Fries|