Neighbors Cafe: not just for people as old as my mom

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Neighbors Cafe is located at 5900 NW 38 Street in Oklahoma City (map). They are open seven days a week from 7am-3pm. Phone is 405.491.0878 and orders can be faxed in to 405.491.0839.

Mom has been trying to get me to go to Neighbors Cafe for about five years now, and I’ve refused on the grounds that I’m not old enough yet. I mean come on, it’s where she and my granddad went for lunch every Friday. So, with the recent passing of my granddad, she wanted to go “for old time’s sake,” and since my brother conveniently lives in Dallas, I was the only person handy enough to take her (sigh). So off we went.

First of all, if Mom didn’t have that handicapped sticker, we wouldn’t have found a parking place. Of course, skeptic that I am, I wrote the crowded parking lot off to the fact that it’s in a strip mall and all of the other cars were obviously there for the other businesses. But I was proven wrong as we walked in and grabbed the only booth left by a window. By the time our menus were dropped off, I noticed all of the tables in the dining room were taken. I was beginning to think that perhaps I judged this place too quickly. After all, they were doing some serious business.

But it’s tough to let go of your preconceptions, so I began perusing my menu options with the blase’ attitude still firmly intact. Given my experience with most corner cafes, I figured that even the carpet in this place was likely loaded with grease. So, I was very pleasantly surprised that the first items on the menu were fresh-squeezed juices and handmade fruit smoothies ($2.99), followed by specialty coffees ($1.99) — not your typical greasy-spoon menu items. Still needing something reasonably low-fat but more substantial than fruit juice, I proceeded on down the menu and hit the salad section. Naturally I doubted how good a diner salad could be, but that’s what sounded good and some of the my mom’s “senior” friends who we ran into out in the parking lot were raving about the salads. So, I ordered the Santa Fe salad with grilled chicken ($5.99). Mom chose the veggie omelet with home fries ($4.59). I told her the fries cancel out the veggies. She ignored me and added three packets of sugar to her decaf.

A group of younger guys occupied the table next to us. They ordered the Friday special — fried catfish. I stole two or three looks at their plates and it looked pretty good. As I was eating my huge salad with the homemade chipotle dressing (very tasty and spicy), I continued down the menu looking for additional reasonably healthy choices. The omelets can also be ordered with egg whites or egg substitute — that’s good. And the other breakfast entrees come with a choice of a side of fresh fruit. That’s good too. There’s also a nice variety of burgers, which looked really good on the little man’s plate behind mom.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with my “senior” dining experience here. Neighbors Cafe serves quite a bit of quality food at great prices. I think you’ll definitely be surprised as I was if you go in expecting your typical greasy spoon experience. The owners were on vacation the day we went in, so I didn’t get to do my usual interview, but that will give me a reason to go back next Friday and try the burgers.

So, if you take your parents out and they want to go here, bring them. Now, I can’t say I would bring my hip, big-city brother here, but for a handy little place with a homey atmosphere and pretty good food, it’s nice. By the time we left, there was a line of people clear out the door waiting for tables. I suppose I should learn not to pre-judge a place before I see how crowded it is.

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  • Sue Ellen Ferguson says:
    July 27th, 2008 at 3:03 pm   

    When a person is as old me, they deserve fried potatoes and lots of sugar. Sincerely, Sarah’s mom.

  • Andrew says:
    August 9th, 2008 at 9:52 pm   

    We have eaten here once for a Sunday lunch. You better get here before noon or the line goes out the door. We thought it was pretty good, for what it was. I bet the breakfast is good.

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  • KevinW says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 11:58 am   

    I have been here a few times with my wife and her mother and it’s a good place to go. They have friendly people and good food, and it’s not usually as crowded as IHop.

  • Katie says:
    November 11th, 2008 at 12:28 pm   

    This is a regular place for us Bethany workers. Their daily special is always affordable and great for the down home cooking palate. I especially love the rotisserie chicken (usually on Thursdays) For $5.50 you get 1/2 chicken, mashed potatoes, veggie, roll and soup or salad! My husband and I are usually the youngest customers in there but there is wisdom in age…

  • Monkeyhead says:
    January 28th, 2009 at 7:28 pm   

    I’m not old enough to be your mother, but I eat here with friends a couple days per week. The staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable…not as cheap as some cafes, but worth the little extra you spend.

    The food is really good, although I do prefer their lunch menu items over their breakfast. One of my friends always orders the Santa Fe Skillet, so he obviously disagrees with me. I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve ordered at Neighbor’s, but I do have a couple of favorites: The Santa Fe Salad and their BLT. The daily specials are always good, too.

    Sundays after church are impossible. Get here before or you’re doomed for a long wait. Same with Saturday breakfast. Weekday lunch is perfect, but the parking lot will be a little crowded so you may have a little bit away from the front door.

  • Graham H says:
    September 6th, 2009 at 12:31 pm   

    My family and I had bunch on a quiet Sunday before all the church traffic. The staff was very friendly and the prices are on the $ to $$ end of the greasy spoon scale. Cheaper than the standby brunch spots, but more than the average diner.

    If you get pancakes with the kids breakfast they give you a single Mickey Mouse pancake, which my little guy enjoyed. I had the chorizo and eggs and I thought it was very good. Right on par if not better than Jimmy’s Egg.

    My wife had the french toast and felt like it was spot on for french toast. The bread wasn’t too big, the batter was just right and (most importantly) there wasn’t too much powdered sugar.

    As the reviewer mentions the fresh fruit listed on the menu while not all that unique of a mix, the quality was top notch and the OJ I had was also excellent. Also worth mentioning is the option of egg white’s for your eggs on most dishes.

    Bottom Line: All in all a nice little place that isn’t pretentious and is WAY better than IHOP, Denny’s.

  • wimpy says:
    October 24th, 2010 at 9:34 pm   

    I stopped in for breakfast not long ago and found it to be very good, served promptly, and very friendly staff a good value and great coffee !

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