Barry’s Grill: quite possibly the largest burger sign in OKC

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Barry’s Grill is located at 3124 N. May Ave in Oklahoma City (map). They are open Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 8pm and Saturday from 11am to 6pm.  You can call them at 405.948.7878 or visit their website‎.

Editor’s note: many of you will remember our former contributor, Andrew Littleton, famous for his reviews of OKC’s tastiest and shadiest restaurants. This review was written by Andrew before his move to Nashville but never published until now. I have added impressions of my own to this review as well.

I’ve been meaning to write about Barry’s Grill for months now.  Barry’s is nestled along that shady strip of North May that sports pawn shopping, tobacco, “herb” shops, and “adult” shopping.  Sure, Barry’s has a lot of qualities that constitute shady dining, and could in fact be called shady.  I’m not going to make it a “Shady Restaurant of the Month,” however.  First off, there are shadier spots with equally good burgers, and ever since they fixed the hole in the wall from an apparent confused driver it has become much less shady.  Barry’s does, however, serve a pretty good meal in a convenient location for a quick lunch. They also feature quite possibly the largest outdoor burger sign in all of Oklahoma City (see picture).

Barry’s Grill has the look of a typical neighborhood hamburger joint with a big, ugly green awning declaring that they serve old fashioned burgers, window paint begging you to try a mushroom burger, plus the aforementioned giant burger sign. However, they are mysteriously absent of the lingering smell of burgers in the air like many other burger joints in town. In fact, inside you don’t smell much either, which is kind of weird. They also have these huge faded pictures of tropical paradise on the walls inside.  Makes me wonder if this place used to be something else before Barry bought it.  If you know about this, please let us know in the comments.

At Barry’s, you sit in mismatched tables and chairs, and throw your food away in the biggest trash cans I have ever seen.  Plus, they share a building with a pawn shop and an adult novelty store.  Say, maybe this place is a little more shady than I first thought.

Part of the reason I have not reviewed Barry’s yet is because nothing in particular really stands out here.  They make good, old-fashioned burgers in a variety of forms plus hand cut fries and other grilled sandwiches.  It’s not the best burger in town by any means, but every time I eat here I hear the voice of Jules in Pulp Fiction declare “That IS a tasty burger.”

Barry’s is not an onion burger.  You can ask for a grilled onion burger, but his specialty seems to be just regular griddle-fried burgers with raw onion slices and garnishes.  The patties here are more along the lines of a typical thin onion burger style patty, not the big, thick, juicy variety that Nic serves. Still, the flavor is good, and the price isn’t too bad.  A meal here will cost 6 to 9 bucks depending on how many patties you get, how big of a drink you get, and whether you split fries or tater tots with someone else. They also offer daily special “baskets” with come with fries (or tots) and a drink in the range of $7. Problem is, there is only one basket special available each day. You can see the daily specials, and the rest of their menu, on their website.

Barry’s, like nearly every other burger joint in town, makes hand cut fries.  Here is my complaint about the hand cut fries in town.  Everyone, except for Nic’s, serves up a flimsy, brown french fry.  Flavor isn’t terrible, but texture is horrible.  The thing is, no one else seems to care.  Everyone always goes, “ooh, hand cut fries.” But this isn’t necessarily a good thing if you don’t have time to double fry them to get that golden-brown, crispy texture.  Again, Nic’s somehow turns out a fry that is golden-brown and delicious without double frying or burning his fries.  This may be one of the 7 culinary wonders of Oklahoma City.  Anyhow, if you like these flimsy brown fries, you will love Barry’s.  Apparently most people in town do, so this is probably not a problem. Of course, Barry’s tots are another option and they are much crispier.

If you are looking for a pretty good, convenient burger, Barry’s Grill is a good place to go. It may not be drop dead amazing like Nic’s, but it’s still nice to have a handful of spots like Barry’s in your OKC culinary quiver to pull out when your co-workers can’t decide where to go for lunch. Oh, and Barry’s takes credit cards which can really come in handy.

Check out Barry’s for yourself and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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  • Cult of Nobody says:
    May 5th, 2010 at 8:57 pm   

    My thoughts pretty much exactly…. Nothing special but if you are on May and want a decent burger…. Barry’s will do.

    I have to disagree on Nic’s fries…. As much as I love Nic’s, and hope he recovers from his surgery quickly because I know if he’s not working he’s not make any money, his fries are not really crispy or golden.

  • SSSNAKES! says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 8:14 am   

    I concur with Cult about Nic’s fries: They are hot & fresh, but definitely not crispy.

  • Wimpy says:
    May 6th, 2010 at 10:07 pm   

    Yep, CofN has it right, but they’re still good and didn’t know about his surgery, I wish him a quick & complete recovery, can’t do without him !

    As for Barry’s, I tried it once, that’s enough for me ” where’s the beef” as the saying goes, to many others that produce much better burgers, sorry, I won’t be back !

  • Chris J says:
    May 7th, 2010 at 4:24 pm   

    Well played, guys. This review was pretty much spot on – and I much prefer the tots to the fries. However, the burger wasn’t just a huge standout IMO. I’d go to Ron’s before I went here again.

  • Kevin says:
    May 19th, 2010 at 9:01 pm   

    tots over fries, anytime, day or night. Only old diner hashbrowns are better.

  • Allison says:
    June 11th, 2010 at 6:52 pm   

    As someone who loves a thin hamburger (like the Nichols Hills Drug Store), I find Barry’s burgers just right. I appreciate that I can eat a burger for lunch and not bring the onion burger joint smell back with me. I know several meat-eaters that have been disappointed with Barry’s, but for me, it’s a great lunch spot.

  • Ron says:
    December 27th, 2010 at 10:41 am   

    I have been going to this spot since it opened as a “Big Ed’s Burgers”. Barry purchased a Big Ed’s franchise and operated under that name until it came time to renew the franchise. He did not renew and changed the name to “Barry’s Old fashioned Burgers”. Barry sold the store before he passed away and the new owners continue the tradition of “just a good burger and fries at a decent price”. The tropical mural was put up when the place was “Big Ed’s…Barry always said that was where he had rather be…hope he got there.

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