Hummus, tabouli, and relish at Jamil's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City

Jamil’s Steakhouse: still around for a reason

by | January 11, 2008 | 19 Comments


Jamil's Steakhouse

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4910 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Exterior of Jamil's Steakhouse in Oklahoma City

Sometimes I get in the mood for a taste of “old” Oklahoma City. You know, someplace that’s been around forever that has maintained a loyal, local clientèle. For this past birthday, we decided we would try Jamil’s Steakhouse since it originated in the same decade I was born – the 60s. I have heard of it all of my life, but had never made the trip cross-town to try it. So my husband and I loaded up the car with my mom and his parents and set out for the trip to Lincoln Blvd, just north of the capital district.

I knew it was going to be good the minute we stepped from the car and were met with a big waft of smoke from the smokehouse in the back parking lot. What a great effect for an appetizer. All of the walls inside are filled with hand-painted portraits of famous Oklahomans. It was great fun to try and guess all of them after we had placed our order, although we didn’t have much time because the minute your menu is taken away, the vast array of Lebanese appetizers begins to arrive.

It begins with individual bowls of tabbouleh, which tasted great. It could have had just a touch more lemon juice for my taste, but was still very good as it was not oily. Next is the hummus and pita bread (you pay for the bread), then a basket of smoked barbecue bologna. Now I have to say I think I swore off of bologna around the age of six, but since we were trying new things that night, I decided to indulge in a piece, and it was mighty tasty. I appreciated the fact they used Head Country barbecue sauce, which is made right here in our own state in Ponca City. Next were the cabbage rolls. The tasting of these was left to Mom and me, as my husband has sworn an oath to maintain at least a six-foot perimeter from all veggies. The cabbage rolls were about the only thing with which we were not impressed. I don’t know – a little bland or something, but we passed after the first couple of bites. The relish tray which also came helped to kick things back up a bit.

Our main dishes arrived soon, and my husband, the meat connoisseur, said his steak was one of the best he had ever tasted. His dad had one of the state foods – chicken fried steak – and said it was delicious and not the least bit greasy for a fried piece of food. The same with my jumbo fried shrimp – crunchy and tasty. And the cocktail sauce had a nice twist – it leaned toward the sweet side, rather than hot with horseradish. Probably the only thing we were disappointed with was the grilled lemon pepper chicken, only because Mom had them hold the lemon pepper (can’t stand anything hot or spicy). That made it rather bland, but only because we asked them to make it that way.

If you dine before 7pm for dinner, the early bird specials are available for $17.99, which include all of the appetizers and a baked potato. The early bird entrees are the fried shrimp, the KC petite sirloin, and the lemon pepper chicken.

The service was impeccable, as we had at least three people attending us. If you go, ask for Kenyatta’s table. He has worked there over three years and says the thing he likes best is meeting all the people and talking to them throughout dinner. Probably the thing I liked best were the old, wooden creaky floors and chairs. In my opinion, nothing adds more ambiance than creaky, wooden things. And, as in most restaurants these days, you’ll need a lighted magnifying glass to be able to read the menu if you’re over 40. I have found the greatest invention called The Owl – it’s a credit card-sized piece of magnifying plastic that also lights up. It stores handily in a wallet or billfold.

Since I am the oldest member of the contributors to this site, I will probably be the only one reviewing the old restaurants. But that’s fine by me. Quality definitely does come with age.

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  • Andrew says:
    February 1st, 2008 at 6:18 pm   

    Jamil’s is the place to go for lunch. Ribeye is a steal at $15 and definitely not a “luncheon” cut like Cattlemens and other steak houses insult you with at lunch. Smoked Bologna sandwich is nice too.

  • Shon says:
    March 21st, 2008 at 10:57 pm   

    Jamil’s in Oklahoma City showcases a picture of a person who has painted his face black. This cartoonish personification of African Americans is insensitive and disgusting. This behavior embodies racism at its core and should be combatted. A picture speaks a thousand words and this picture speaks volumes about this eatery. Please do not eat at Jamil’s.

  • Dr. Pork says:
    April 15th, 2008 at 11:35 am   

    Was that picture taken yesterday or 70 years ago?

  • Drew says:
    May 26th, 2008 at 8:45 pm   

    I wouldn’t let a photo from a the past ruin a dining experience of the present. Also, I’m pretty sure racist people aren’t able to cook a good steak. I have a pie chart that proves that.
    Jamil’s is incredible and everyone should check it out for themselves.

  • Sarah says:
    May 26th, 2008 at 9:02 pm   

    Well said Drew. Thanks for commenting. I still say it’s one of OKC’s establishments worth treasuring.

  • Kevin says:
    June 25th, 2008 at 5:33 pm   

    Tried and true often beats a fad that is new.
    So it is with Jamil’s

  • Kandyce says:
    July 19th, 2008 at 12:30 pm   

    Drew, you are the master! Would love to compare pie charts sometime. Jamil’s is awesome. When my parents had “made it” in their business we started a tradition of going to Jamil’s on Friday nights to replace Ken’s Pizza nights from the near poverty days. That should say it all…

  • Gloria S says:
    September 11th, 2008 at 12:05 pm   

    Jamil’s was one of the first restaurants we went to when we first moved here 30 years ago. The steaks are good, but I never cared for the appetizers.

  • lynn pyle says:
    December 23rd, 2008 at 5:14 pm   

    Well, the food was good last week……but I had a $50.00 gift certificate which they would not accept because it was 15 days outdated. Now they have the money paid for the gift certificate plus my money for the meal. Therefore, won’t go back since that is the way they protray customer service

  • David Glover says:
    May 21st, 2009 at 1:46 pm   

    First time there today. What a great place for lunch. Excellent Value, taste, size, service. Why have I never been here? Highly suggest lunch, dinner is probably as good.

  • Sarah says:
    May 24th, 2009 at 5:26 pm   

    Good to hear, David, since I haven’t been here in well over a year.

  • Laura Bauer says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 4:25 pm   

    I’m surprised to hear all these rave reviews! My husband and I tried Jamil’s about a year ago after it was the last coupon in a book we purchased. Even with the coupon, we were so disappointed with the quality of steak and sides. I felt it was overpriced and the atmosphere stale. Our service was ok, not very friendly or fun, but not rude or negligent.

  • paul says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 10:34 pm   

    $74.99 for surf and turf???? Ok so the legend is true, it is a great place. Our server had been there for 32 years…Impressive. Food was great service was great, but I have eaten all over the world and never paid $74.99 for an entree!

  • Kaylee says:
    October 25th, 2010 at 1:33 pm   

    Just went here the other day for a co-workers lunch. I’d never even heard of it! We had a party of 10 and called ahead. We had great service, 2 very friendly servers that seemed didicated to us alone. I guess at lunch you don’t get the apps like you do at dinner. I ordered the chicken ceasar pita and it was DELICIOUS! I got the tabbouleh as a side and thought it was very good as well. I would go back!

  • jane says:
    February 9th, 2011 at 10:29 pm   

    a cozy atmosphere, the Steaks are the best not to mention included in the price, all the appetizers,, the best deal in OKC for the money. They must doing something customers like they have been there since 1964!!

  • Kevin says:
    April 26th, 2011 at 7:01 pm   

    Still deserving of its wonderful reputation after all these years. Lunch or dinner, early or late, your food and service are assured to be great.

  • Rhonda says:
    October 28th, 2011 at 12:15 pm   

    Disagreeing with the review…My favorite part of the meal is the cabbage rolls. I do not make them that well at home.

  • Anne says:
    April 5th, 2013 at 4:31 pm   

    Took my department here for our Christmas party a few years ago. Now they “require” this to be the place we go every year. Even employees who have rotated out of my department want to be invited for our Christmas party! Never had a complaint!

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We lunched there on the strength of this review and were delighted.

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