5 Amazing Hole-in-the-wall Restaurants in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, a bustling urban hub, is brimming with culinary secrets waiting to be discovered. While its grand eateries garner well-deserved accolades, it’s often the modest, tucked-away spots that surprise and delight the most. These “hole in the wall” establishments offer authentic flavors, heartwarming tales, and an unpretentious atmosphere that makes dining a unique experience. Dive in as we explore the 7 best hole in the wall restaurants in Oklahoma City, where every bite tells a story of tradition and passion.

Power House

At Power House in Oklahoma City, diners rave about their unique and flavorful offerings. Among the standout items:

Power House Oklahoma City
Photo: Jimmy D.

The service at Power House is exceptional, with attentive bartenders who ensure every guest is well taken care of. The ambiance strikes a balance between upscale and relaxed, reminiscent of a high-end dive bar.

Their outdoor patio is particularly enticing, providing a homey feel coupled with a stunning view of the city. While some patrons can be a tad overbearing, the overall experience remains unaffected by such minor distractions.

hatch infused tequila at Power House in Okalahoma City
Hatch infused Tequila! Photo: Viviana G.

A must-try for anyone visiting is their pork green chili stew, hailed by many as one of the finest dishes in Oklahoma City. The dish packs a punch, with its spicy flavors making it an absolute delight for those who enjoy some heat. Many loyal customers playfully and understandably suggest keeping the restaurant a secret to enjoy this hidden gem without the crowds.

Top Review: “Went for brunch this weekend & Oh Em Gee…The whole vibe in the place is amazing, the service was top-notch, the drinks were well balanced and delicious & the food, well let’s just say I will be back. Wow!!! The pork chop & eggs brunch special was beyond delicious. It was heavenly. Absolutely my new favorite place.”Kat B.

1228 SW 2nd St Oklahoma City, OK 73108

The Saucee Sicilian

The Saucee Sicilian in Oklahoma City
Photo: Sami D.s

The Saucee Italian in Oklahoma City stands out for its culinary excellence.

Food Highlights:

  • Renowned pizza with a crust that boasts flaky crunch transitioning into a chewy blend with a hint of bitter char, thanks to their specialized oven using pecan and hickory wood.
  • The Tusa pizza, known for its rich flavors.
  • Fresh spring mix salad, topped with a standout homemade vinaigrette and fresh-shaved Parmesan.
  • Authentic Italian cream soda.
  • Simple yet best-ever focaccia bread.

The eatery exudes a welcoming ambiance with warm lighting, windows, and an exposed brick setting. The owner’s passion for food is palpable, as are the heartfelt family photos. The dedicated workforce, some with the establishment since inception, speaks volumes about its reputation.

A notable mention is the delightful pickle pizza created by waitress Blue, which left a memorable impression and is highly recommended for the menu.

Menu: The Saucee Italian Menu

Top Review: “Wonderful food! Great service! Eclectic surroundings! The perlema pizza was to die for! The cannoli was amazing!”Regina M.

1807 N. Classen Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73101

Nic’s Grill

Nic’s Grill attracts eager diners even before its doors open, a testament to its reputation for amazing burgers. On a recent visit, the early arrival proved beneficial, as there was no wait and the amiable staff served the food promptly.

Food Highlights:

  • Cheeseburger with everything, plus bacon. Out of this world
  • Juicy and flavor-packed burger
  • Smoked bacon
  • Curly fries, especially recommended with Cajun seasoning
Photo: Carla S.

The vibe at Nic’s Grill is energetic and inviting. Jamal deftly manages the grill and is a treat in itself just spectating the action. He showcases dedication and skill, ensuring every meal is memorable. Nic’s burgers are just phenomenal and one of the best hole in the wall restaurants in OKC.

Menu: Nic’s Grill Menu

1201 N Pennsylvania Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Cheever’s Cafe

Cheever’s Cafe seamlessly blends upscale Southwestern & Southern cuisines without the air of traditional fine dining. Visiting on a bustling Wednesday night, the bar seating offered the full menu and a chance to learn about the rich history from Cameron, the knowledgeable bartender.

Food Highlights:

  • Special of the day: Pork roast with Parmesan crusted asparagus (If available)
  • Appetizer: Blue cheese potato chips
  • Complimentary Bread: Exceptionally fluffy and warm bread with butter
  • Main Course: Cheever’s Chicken Fried Steak with jalapeño cream gravy and garlic red skinned mashed potatoes
  • Crafted Cocktail: Summertime Smash with Buffalo Trace Bourbon, strawberry hibiscus tea, strawberry-agave syrup, and basil leaves
  • Dessert: Roasted Pecan Ice Cream Ball featuring vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, roasted pecans, and red chile drenched in chocolate sauce

Previously a flower shop since 1938, Cheever’s Cafe retains its historical charm. Owners Heather and Keith Paul preserved the Deco storefront, terrazzo floors, and a unique 20-foot flower display cooler, now housing wines. This cafe’s popularity extends to Hollywood, with Leonardo DiCaprio sampling the renowned Chicken Fried Steak. Highly recommend the Shrimp and Grits and Giant Carrot Cake!

Menu: Cheever’s Menu

Top Review: “I stopped in here by myself on a workday for lunch. Sat right down at the bar and immediately got my tea and was brought bread with a seasoned butter. I ordered the chicken fried steak and it was a large portion with mashed potatoes underneath. The presentation was nice and the taste was excellent. It had just enough kick to set it apart from every other CFS I’ve ever had. The bar was well stocked for the experts of wine, whiskey, bourbon, etc. this looks to be a nice spot for a date night too”David C.

 La Cocina De Doña Nena

La Cocina De Doña Nena in Oklahoma City consistently receives rave reviews, and it’s easy to see why. This family-owned establishment offers an authentic dining experience reminiscent of meals enjoyed at a grandmother’s house, not the typical Tex-Mex. The friendly owner and staff are eager to assist, with some speaking limited English. The establishment, including its restrooms, boasts impeccable cleanliness complemented by a charming modern decor.

Food Highlights:

  • Tacos: Asada, Pollo, Barbacoa
  • Chicken Torta
  • Deshebrada Verde Burrito (shredded beef with green sauce)
  • Gorditas with variations including:
  • Picadillo Rojo
  • Queso
  • Barbacoa
  • Pollo

The standout dishes seem to be those featuring shredded beef, especially the Barbacoa and Deshebrada Verde. While the flour gordita is a solid choice, the corn variant is particularly flavorful. There’s anticipation for a future visit to taste the chips, salsa, and tempting sweets displayed on the counter.

Atmosphere: Modern decor radiates warmth, making diners feel at home in this pristine environment.

Photo: Teaira J.

Top Review: “Fresh, handmade Gorditas. Wonderful Quesadillas. Family owned & operated. Sit at the bar counter & watch your order being created or relax in a booth with your friends. Delicious tacos, Tortas, burritos, quesadillas, and the flagship Gorditas.”Greg S.

3710 S May Ave Oklahoma City, OK 73119

In the heart of Oklahoma City, it’s the hidden gems that often shine the brightest. These unassuming “hole in the wall” eateries provide not just mouthwatering dishes but also a slice of the city’s soul. Venturing off the beaten path reveals a culinary tapestry rich in flavor and local spirit. Discovering these treasures truly encapsulates the essence of dining in OKC.

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