Grand House Express–Edmond, OK

Grand House Express
3209 S. Broadway
Edmond, OK
(405) 285-2396
Grand House Express

Grand House Express

The previous restaurant at this location was Zen Asian Dining, a “fusion” restaurant with different cuisines whose menu has partially been retained at the new Grand House Express. The original Grand House is one of the anchor restaurants in Oklahoma City’s Asian District, being one of the largest and longest running restaurants along Classen Boulevard.

Zen was primarily a Thai restaurant, and several Thai dishes have been carried over to the new menu at Grand House Express. I thought their Thai food was overly sweet, but not having tried it at the new restaurant I really do not know how it would be now.

Dining room

Dining room

I did find out, though, that the new restaurant appears to be true to the food of the original Grand House in its Chinese menu. More specifically, it is true to part of the Grand House menu, because Grand House has a regular menu which is largely copied here and a “Chinese” menu which is absent from the selection at Grand House Express. My take on the two Grand House menus is that both are actually Chinese, but the “Chinese” menu has some more interesting items that appeal to me more. For instance, the Express restaurant does not have clay pot dishes, and generally it excludes everything that takes longer to cook than the standard stir-fry dishes served at Grand House Express.

Some Vietnamese dishes on the menu also come from Grand House, and the result is a “fusion” restaurant representing food from different Asian countries, but I think done better than I found at Zen Asian Dining.

Lunch Specials
There are several lunch specials served Monday through Friday that I would find appealing, partly because the price is a little lower but mainly because lunch portions at restaurants are more in line with my appetite. I would probably pick the items that come from Grand House (Chinese and Vietnamese) over the Zen holdovers (mainly Thai).

Stir Fried Dishes

Stir fry in XO sauce

Chicken stir fry in XO sauce

The Chicken Stir Fry in XO Sauce was my first chance to try this sauce since I had another dish with XO Sauce at the original Grand House. Although this was not a lunch special, the price was good and the sauce was still good. XO sauce is something I would describe as having a very intense flavor and is something people will probably either love or hate (I think it is rather smoky and is the Chinese version of chipotle sauce).

While I am not necessarily recommending this sauce for everybody, I did get a sense that the stir-fried dishes and the food here in general is very good. One thing for sure is that Grand House Express has items on the menu that will not be found at many other suburban Chinese restaurants.

Other Details
To me it is a good sign that the restaurant did not have what I really wanted to order, yet I still enjoyed the meal. There are probably at least a dozen other menu items that I think would be equally appealing, if not more.

I think the other Thai restaurants in Edmond are far too good for me to purposely come here and try this type of food, nevertheless there are some Thai menu items for anyone who wants to try them.

The original Grand House is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city, and adding their food to this restaurant is a huge deal, in my opinion. It is too bad they could not include items like their clay pot dishes, but what they do have appears to be some of the best suburban food in the OKC Metro.

Probably the issue most people will have is the price, but for me it was not too bad (the menu is included below with the prices at the time I went to the restaurant).


Cuisine: Chinese
Cost: $$
Hours: Closed Sun.
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking

Most Recent Visit: Oct. 20, 2017
Number of Visits: 1
Best Item: Stir Fry in XO Sauce


Asian Food Details

Tea: Jasmine (bags)
Buffet: No


Special Ratings
star 5 Stiry Fry in XO Sauce


Menu (Oct. 2017):


Baba G–Oklahoma City, OK

Baba G
4401 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 608-2299
Baba G

Baba G on Memorial Rd.

It is interesting that Oklahoma City has enough Middle Eastern restaurants that I can not only rate and compare them to each other, but I can also develop lists of individual items with appropriate rankings from one restaurant to the next. On just about any list Baba G comes out very high, and it may actually be the highest if I developed a more subjective list of “bang for the buck.”

This really gets to my feeling about Baba G–for most things it is not the best in the city but it is near the top with prices that are enough lower than other restaurants to make it quite attractive. I also like the way the food is prepared here–even if it is different than my long time favorites it is in a way that I enjoy the variety more than I think one is better than the other.

Baba G is a fast food style restaurant (their web site says it serves “authentic street foods from the Mediterranean”). The tables are spartan and you pick up the food at the counter. Orders can just as easily be taken home as eaten in the restaurant. I think this arrangement is the main reason the prices are a little lower than other restaurants.

The basic menu items here are plates, a pita sandwich, or a salad. Side orders are available a la carte, but are less expensive if you order a plate and then get them as a side item (I think they also may be different sizes). The menu is not huge but it covers all the basics of Lebanese style Middle Eastern food.

Chicken Sharawma Plate

Chicken shawarma plate

Chicken shawarma on cous cous with hummus, tabouleh, falafel, and lentil soup

The Chicken Shawarma plate is an example of the plates here–all come with two side items and a choice of grain (in this case cous cous). I ordered two extra side items (falafel and lentil soup), and had a meal that was large enough to feed two people. The chicken was excellent, although for any other restaurant where I have written such statements as “this is the best in the city,” these statements are still valid.


Side Dishes
Most of the side dishes, including the cous cous, were very impressive. In fact, I thought that together they were the highlight of the meal (although if I were recommending a single item to order I would still say the chicken shawarma).

The lentil soup had somewhat of a bland flavor but it was fresh and good tasting.

The tabouleh was very interesting because it left a mint aftertaste in my mouth that was an aspect of the meal I really enjoyed.

They do not serve hot tea, but only have iced tea and sodas. This does not really detract from the food, but might affect how many times I go to the restaurant (I will also take into account the fact that the food is easily transportable and I can serve it with hot tea at my own house).

Additional Information
The web site’s information that this is “street food” is really the key to its popularity and success. It gives you very good Middle Eastern food at lower prices because you are not paying for the ambiance–just the food.

They are planning to open another location in Edmond.


Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily
Accessible: Yes (parking spaces are on the east side of the building in front of Pei Wei)
Smoking: No smoking
Alcohol: No

Most Recent Visit: Oct. 30, 2017

Number of Visits: 1

Best Items: Chicken Shawarma, Tabouleh, Hummus, Falafel


Special Ratings
star 5 Chicken Shawarma
star 5 Tabouleh
star 5 Hummus
star 5 Falafel
star 3 Lentil Soup

ND Foods–The Village, OK

ND Foods
2632 W. Britton Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 840-9364
ND Foods in The Village

ND Foods in The Village

ND Foods seems to thrive on its take-out business, but it does have several tables for those who want to eat in (you place your order and pick up the food at the counter). I have found food taken home to be just as good as when it is served in the restaurant. The common denominator I have seen with reviews and my own experience is that all the food is very good. A couple of dishes did not hit the spot as much for me in terms of flavor, but the quality, freshness, and preparation of the food has been uniformly excellent.

ND Foods is primarily a lunch spot, but does have quite a few items that go equally well for dinner. It has a large selection of sandwiches, with Boar’s Head meat and other deli ingredients that promise to be a very good quality sandwich (I haven’t tried the sandwiches but I took home some of their Boar’s Head turkey).

In addition to regular sandwiches ND Foods serves hot sandwiches, soups, salads, wraps, quesadillas, and there is a daily menu which may include some other items as well.

Some of the items I would consider to me more for dinner include chicken pot pie and stuffed bell peppers (the menu changes every day, and they are likely to run out of some of the “dinner” items as well as lunch ones if demand is particularly high).

Making a meal out of the food here can be a little tricky because some of main dishes are quite large (and may be more suitable for two people), some of the side dishes are a little pricey, and some of the side dishes themselves are better shared. My suggestion is that you will also want to save room for one of their many excellent desserts.  Side dishes include appetizers such as hummus, chips and salsa, and dip. However, they also have an excellent mac & cheese (which really could be a main dish) and other similar choices.

The history of ND Foods is that it was originally located near N.W. 50th and Western, and around 2010 moved to Britton Road in The Village (in the same strip center as Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler). The Britton Road location was originally not open evenings, but now stays open until 7:30. They purposely only prepare a portion of the menu every day (rotating items frequently), but I think they are adding new items and specials as time goes on.

Stuffed Bell Peppers
Dinner entrees change daily, but on my first visit they had more than half of the items available that were listed on the menu. When I say these are “dinners” this mainly refers to the amount of food served, since I think some of them could easily be enough for lunch with an equal portion left over for the next day. Everything I tried was excellent, and tasted freshly prepared.

Stuffed bell peppers

Stuffed bell peppers

One of favorites was the Stuffed Bell Peppers with a very flavorful tomato sauce on top. The meat had just the right blend of seasonings and ingredients to make it stand out from many similar dishes I have had elsewhere. I am also not usually a fan of bell peppers, but these were cooked just right to give them an appealing texture.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie

Chicken pot pie

The Chicken Pot Pie was also excellent, and is a good choice if you want to be quite full or have leftovers. I do not know who else even serves pot pies other than cafeterias (and I am not sure if they do), but the one at ND Foods was much better than average. The gravy was light (but not thin), the chicken was excellent (I think it was all white meat), and the dinner did not taste salty. I do not think this is a low calorie meal, but it seemed to have the type of ingredients that would make it more healthy than the typical pot pie.

Chicken Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken and wild rice casserole

Chicken and wild rice casserole

I am not much of a cheese lover, so I was surprised to find out that this was one of the main ingredients of the Chicken Wild Rice Casserole (which was listed as “Chicken Wild Rice” on the changeable menu board). The cheese was much better than average, though, and I thought it melted just right to give a good flavor and texture. The dish was also very peppery, and between this and the cheese it was not my favorite dish at ND Food, but at the same time I could not say there was anything really unappealing about it (just that the menu did not give me a good description of it).

Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese

Mac & cheese

The Mac and Cheese might be considered either a main dish or a side dish (although a side dish that would probably feed two people).  I thought it was exceptionally good, especially since I first tried it after a visit to the dentist when I wanted to eat something soft and easy to chew.  The cheese had a perfect balance of having body yet being runny enough to cover all of the noodles equally.


Chicken salad sandwich

Soup and sandwich with clam chowder and chicken salad sandwich

The Chicken Salad Sandwich is also among my favorite items, but part of the reason is that you can get a half sandwich and soup for a reasonable price. I generally do not order chicken salad because most of them are made with mayonnaise, but this one with sour cream was a step up from the others.

The Clam Chowder (shown on the photo with the chicken salad sandwich) had a good flavor and a minor imperfection of the broth being a little congealed (at least this is what was in my notes). My overall recommendation is to order it because it is quite good.

Side Dishes
Some side dishes such as the Green Beans and Corn had a rather bland flavor, but they were fresh.

German potato salad

German potato salad

The German Potato Salad, though, tasted like it had too much vinegar or something else was off so that it had little resemblance to the same dish served at Ingrid’s.

I thought the mac and cheese was a much better side dish than the others I tried, but several others are available that I have not yet samples.


Three berry pie

Three berry pie

There are so many desserts available it is hard to choose, but the Three Berry Pie was about as good as it gets when it comes to dessert. A single piece of pie or cake costs over five dollars, but it comes in a large size and is worth it because of its home made quality. I thought the pie was just sweet enough to be good but not overly sweet, and the berries tasted fresh. The crust was excellent, and was on the flaky side (but it did not fall apart). The crust and the filling were both top notch.

Strawberry cupcake

Strawberry cupcake

The Strawberry Cupcake was also very good, but I cannot describe very many qualities about it other than “sweet” (but I think that is the point of eating a cupcake).

Key lime pie

Key lime pie

ND has a very good version of Key Lime Pie that I think compares very favorably to the ones served in other restaurants.  There was a good balance between the lime and the other flavors.  You also get a generous portion at a good price.


Cuisine: American
Cost: $$
Hours: Closed Sun.
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No smoking

Most Recent Visit: May 17, 2017
Number of Visits: 5
Best Items: Stuffed Bell Peppers, Chicken Pot Pie, Mac & Cheese, Chicken Salad Sandwich, Three Berry Pie

Special Ratings
star 5 Stuffed Bell Peppers
star 5 Chicken Pot Pie
star 5 Mac & Cheese
star 5 Chicken Salad Sandwich
star 4 Chicken Wild Rice
star 4 Green Beans
star 2 German Potato Salad
star 4 Clam Chowder
star 5 Three Berry Pie
star 4 Strawberry Cupcake
star 5 Key Lime Pie

Menu (Jan. 2016):