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Interurban

6100 W. Memorial Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK
(405) 720-8680

Interurban of Northwest OKC

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.

Burger and fries
Burger with barbecue sauce

The Hamburgers I used to order are no longer listed on the menu, that is, ones with a hickory sauce similar to the sauce used at Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler. In fact, when I ate at the Interurban in south OKC several years ago I could not even get a burger fixed the way I wanted. The hickory sauce used to be one of Interurban's specialties, but I think it is no longer available.

On my first visit to the Interurban on Memorial Road, though, the waiter suggested trying a burger with barbecue sauce (which he knew to be similar to Johnnie's sauce). This turned out to be a great suggestion, and I thought the it was excellent. The burger was made with ground chuck, and was larger than the normal sized patty. Although the sauce seemed to be the same as the old Interurban sauce, I have not been as sure on subsequent visits. I think they have done something to it to make it more of a true barbecue sauce and less like one that goes well on hamburgers (my visits to Johnnie's have confirmed that I think Johnnie's sauce is better). In any case, I now think the Interurban version is good but I'm not going to make a special trip for it.

The French Fries are good, but sometimes on the greasy side. I think a better choice is probably the sweet potato fries.

Honey chicken sandwich
Honey chicken sandwich

The Honey Chicken Sandwich was one of the newer items on the menu (or at least new to me), and I thought I would give it a try to sample some of the other items at the restaurant. This, however, 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.

Spaghetti
Spaghetti served as the Monday night weekly special

At Interurban I have to be conscious of the cost, and one solution to this is to order one of the weekly specials (after 5 PM Mon.-Thu. and Sunday brunch). Although I thought it was somewhat of a longshot, I went on Monday night to try the Italian specials. The Spaghetti was decent and the meatballs were actually pretty good (but not very large). The sauce was good, and in fact everything was good but just not very memorable. The spaghetti was much better than the pizza, though, with the main redeeming feature being the basil on the margherita pizza.

Hamburgers are the Tuesday special (available both at lunch and at night), and of course there are many toppings other than the barbecue sauce which I ordered. 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 am anxious to give them 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 hamburger with barbecue sauce).

My Comments in a Nutshell
What I like most:
  • Food from the "old menu" in the days when this was basically a burger joint
  • Hamburger with barbecue sauce is a good choice (but it is not on the menu--you have to ask for the barbecue sauce)
Disappointments:
  • The new "fancy-shmancy" menu items (such as the honey chicken sandwich)
  • I think the restaurant is high priced for what you get
Things to know:
  • Several locations throughout OKC and Oklahoma
  • My impression is that people come here as much or more for the drinks as the food. However, the menu is pretty extensive, the dining room is comfortable, and I would categorize it as more on the upscale side.

RESTAURANT DETAILS

RATING: 19

Cuisine: American
Cost: $$
Accessible: Yes
Additional Locations: 1613 S.W. 74th, 204 N. Robinson, Edmond, Yukon, Tulsa, Ardmore
Smoking: No Smoking
Alcohol: Beer

Most Recent Visit
Feb. 3, 2015

Number of Visits: 4

Best Items
Hamburger, Sweet Potato Fries

Special Ratings
Hamburger:
Honey Chicken Sandwich:
Spaghetti:
Margherita Pizza:
French Fries:
Sweet Potato Fries:

Restaurant Menu
Interurban menu

Restaurant Web Site
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