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Cafe 7 Delicatessen and Pastaria

14101 N. May Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 748-3354

Cafe 7 across from Quail Springs Mall

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The idea of Cafe 7 is that you can eat a meal for seven dollars and the food is ready in less than seven minutes. There is some variation in the price, and it is sometimes worthwhile to order extra items which raise the total price. Still, though, I usually spend less here than for comparable food at other restaurants.

Cafe 7 has four menus (all of which offer choices in the $7 price range): Sandwiches, Pizza, Pasta, and Salads. The pizza was individual sized, and the pasta menu follows the trend of some national chains in offering a variety of dishes along with a "build your own pasta" selection. Cafe 7 is strictly local, though, and I think the real beauty of it is that you get individually prepared items with the type of selection that is normally available mainly in larger restaurants. They can meet all kinds of dietary needs, such as serving vegetarian and gluten free dishes, and the source of the food seems to be largely local. More than anything else I am impressed with the quality of the food.

Seasonal menus offer additional choices, some of which are higher priced. So far my favorite items are all from the regular menu, but I have liked having more choices available from the seasonal menu.

Some of my personal feelings about Cafe 7 are that I like the dining room, I like their tea, and I think the prices are reasonable. I sometimes find it a problem that they close at 8:00 P.M., but they do not seem to mind if customers stay after this time. I thought they had the best cupcakes in Oklahoma City, but they are no longer available and the staff tells me there is nowhere else that I can buy them (meaning that they did not come from one of the local cupcake restaurants). It is not really necessary to order a dessert here, though, since the meals are filling enough.

Cafe 7's interior
Cafe 7's interior

When customers enter the restaurant they pick up one of the order sheets, fill out the choices, and go to the counter to pay. Special orders are also available, but these sometimes cost more than the standard $7 (I think the soup and sandwich combination I ordered was a dollar extra). I sometimes get good suggestions from the employees at the counter, and I usually go with the sandwiches, pasta, or seasonal specials they recommend. If they are busy, though, I think the system of giving you the menus while you are waiting in line works very well.

Turkey and guacamole sandwich
Turkey and guacamole sandwich

On my first visit I ordered a special that is not listed on the menu-- a half sandwich with soup. The full order of Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich (pictured above) was as good as the first experience, and reinforced my idea that this is a good flavor combination. The turkey seemed to be roasted (not processed), and I think this set it apart from most turkey meat served in restaurants. The bread has changed since my previous visit (not better or worse-- just something different). The fact that the guacamole blended well with the turkey speaks to the art and thought that went into creating the sandwiches offered here.

Cream of broccoli soup
Cream of broccoli soup

The Cream of Broccoli Soup sounded very good, but I thought the flavor was a little flat. The most disappointing thing, though, was that it was too salty for me. I thought the soup was fresh and good quality, but I tend to find the best soups at ethnic restaurants rather than ones that are American style.

Ms. Vickie's Chips used to be served with all sandwiches, but they later dropped this in favor of the much better all natural Popchips potato chips. As of 2015 they seem to have changed the chips again, but in any case they are better than the original Ms. Vickie's (but customers can still get Ms. Vickie's for an additional cost if they want).

Cuban sandwich
Cuban sandwich with chips and potato salad that costs extra

The Cuban reinforced my opinion that the sandwiches are top quality. With pulled pork, ham, Cuban relish, onions, pickles, Swiss cheese, and Dijonnaise sauce on a toasted hoagie there was plenty about this sandwich to like. I did not notice any flavors that particularly stood out except the sauce and Swiss cheese, and all the meats were good. The sauce was a little spicy, probably comparable to most of the city's Mexican restaurants.

Margherita pizza
Margherita pizza

Several types of pizza are served, including a "Build your own pizza" that comes with sauce, cheese, and up to three meat toppings. Margherita Pizza was one of the specialty pizzas offered (all pizzas are the same price unless you get more than three toppings). I thought the Margherita pizza was a little disappointing in the flavor of the pizza and texture of the crust. It had standard tomatoes instead of the sun dried tomatoes served in most Italian restaurants, and the flavor of the cheese was rather overwhelming compared to my perception of the way a Margherita pizza should be. The ingredients were fresh and good quality, but this was not my favorite pizza in terms of flavor.

Rigatoni Sorrentino
Rigatoni Sorrentino

Wanting to try items from the pasta section, I chose the Rigatoni Sorrentino because it sounded good from the menu. It also tasted good with a very good seasoning that I thought was not overpowered by Italian spices (one of my pet peeves in Italian restaurants). This dish contains grilled chicken, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes, all of which I thought were very good. The tomato cream sauce was also better than I thought it would be (I am not a big fan of cream sauces). This isn't the kind of Italian food you get at Vito's, but I thought it was very good and I enjoyed it.

Pasta maggio
Pasta maggio

Pasta Maggio was recommended by an employee at the counter, and was also very good. This had a creamy pesto sauce that I thought was not as good as the one with the rigatoni sorrentino, but the ingredients made up for it with chicken, mushrooms, and artichokes.

Cobb salad
Tomato basil soup and cobb salad

The Cobb Salad tasted very good when I sampled it, but I think it would not be filling enough to order as a meal (even though the regular salad is twice the size of the one shown in the picture). The honey mustard dressing was one of the highlights of it, after trying several less flavorful versions at other restaurants (such as Interurban).

The Tomato Basil Soup was also one of my favorite items at Cafe 7, although I would not place it in the same category as the soup at some of the city's better Italian restaurants.

Fettuccine bona
Fettuccine bona on the Summer Seasonal Menu

Cafe 7 provides more variety by offering seasonal menus of different types of items. For instance, in Summer 2013 the Fettuccine Bona was an item I found very refreshing with green and red olives and a flavorful pesto seasoning. Another good item was the Muffaletta, which I thought was well made (with good sauce, meat, and bread). Other choices from the menu were a sirloin salad, salmon salad (both of which cost more than the standard menu items), two wraps, and an ultimate margherita pizza.

Some of their desserts were wonderful, such as the Chocolate Mousse and the Cupcakes. This is a shame because I thought they had the best cupcakes in town.

Red velvet cookie
Red velvet cookie

The Red Velvet Cookie was somewhat disappointing compared to the cupcakes, but the large amount of chocolate chips inside were very good. Other cookies are also available (I don't think these cookies are great, but they are better than at other sandwich restaurants such as City Bites).

Customers fill up their own drink cups, and I liked the fact that they had three kinds of iced tea: black, green, and white.

Side dishes are somewhat limited, but I liked the Potato Salad (and I would have liked it even better if it were not made with mayonnaise).

Cafe 7 has now opened a restaurant in downtown OKC, and the large number of customers on North May attests to its continued popularity. People know good food when they taste it, though, and this is certainly among my favorite places.

My Comments in a Nutshell
What I like most:
  • Good variety of food at good prices
  • Items from the "sandwich" and "pasta" menus are my favorites
  • The biggest disappointment here is that sandwiches come with potato chips. I do not want these chips, but I get them anyway. If I want another side dish I have to pay extra, but I still get the potato chips (or at least there is no price break for making a substitution).
Things to know:
  • To order, you mark one or more of the cards from different categories (including sandwiches, salads, soups, pasta, pizza, and the seasonal menu). I think this is done because they promise you will get your food within seven minutes. If you wish, though, you can find more alternatives by talking to the employees at the cash register (such as getting a soup and a half sandwich combination).
  • This restaurant is very comparable to Saturn Grill. I think Saturn Grill has better vegetarian sandwiches, but Cafe 7 has a couple of meat based sandwiches that I like very much (the Cuban and Turkey and Guacamole). I think Cafe 7 has better pasta dinners than Saturn Grill. Saturn Grill has proved to be my favorite for the seasonal menu (it is more filling and I like the flavors better).



Cuisine: Sandwiches, Pizza, Pasta
Cost: $$
Hours: Open Daily except Sun. evening
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No Smoking
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Additional Location: 120 N. Robinson Ave.

Most Recent Visit
Sep. 1, 2015

Number of Visits: 9

Best Items
Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich, Cuban, Tomato Basil Soup, Pasta Maggio

Special Ratings
Turkey and Guacamole Sandwich:
Pastrami Reuben:
Pasta Maggio:
Rigatoni Sorrentino:
Margherita Pizza:
Tomato Basil Soup:
Cream of Broccoli Soup:
Cobb Salad:
Signature Salad:
Potato Salad:
Chocolate Mousse Cake:
Red Velvet Cookie:
Chocolate Cookie:

Seasonal Menu
Fettuccine Bona: Summer
Muffaletta: Summer
Hatch Green Chile Mac: Summer

Restaurant Web Site
Cafe 7