Ingrid’s: nuts over their cookies

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Ingrid’s Kitchen is located at 3701 N Youngs in Oklahoma City (map). Open Mon-Fri from 7am – 6:30pm and Sat from 7am – 5pm. Live music Sat from noon – 2pm and Sun brunch from 10am – 2pm. Call them (405.946.8444) or visit their website.

Is there any place in Oklahoma City that you will drive completely out of your way just for the cookies? Ingrid’s Kitchen is that place for us. We can be clear on the north side of Edmond, and my husband (the founder of Sweet Tooths of America United), will have a sudden and uncontrollable urge for the chocolate thumb print cookies made famous at Ingrid’s. So we make our way to the corner of Youngs and NW 36th Street in OKC, before driving home way back on the far west edge of town. It’s nuts. But it’s worth it. These cookies are the creamiest, most fudgy and totally illegal things you will ever enjoy. And an inside tip from my Mom – request the ones from the non-refrigerated case. They’re better, she says.

Ingrid’s Kitchen in Oklahoma CityMy mom and my husband are the self-appointed dessert connoisseurs of the family. You know, the type that look at the dessert menu first, before deciding on a main dish. They also choose restaurants based on how good the crunchy, burnt topping on the creme brulee is. The conversations in the car as we try and decide where to eat are mind-numbing. Mom will smack her mouth and tongue trying to decide what taste is on her pallet for the evening, kind of like when Johnny Carson used to put that huge turban on and place the card to his forehead to see what answer would ultimately come to him. And the funny thing is – Mom can’t smell or taste, so does it really matter? She says yes, because now texture is everything. And thus, the love for the creamy thumb prints.

Ingrid’s Kitchen in Oklahoma CityAnyway, Ingrid’s specializes in a variety of German foods and dishes. Their official name is Ingrid’s Kitchen – European and American Bakery and Delicatessen/Restaurant. They also have their own catering company, Lee’s Gourmet To Go.

Every time we go to Ingrid’s, I tell myself I’m going to try the German food since it’s something they specialize in, but I have yet to make it past the grilled Turkey Reuben sandwich on the menu. I will leave the German review to Andrew, my co-hort in tasting. He will post his findings soon.As for me, I can tell you that the Turkey Reuben is hot, stacked high with meat, cheesy, bubbly and delicious. And I’m sure it’s not legally on my diet. If you’re not a big meat eater, you could easily split it with someone else and add a side of their tabouli or German potato salad. Or, you could order it as a part of the half sandwich and cup of soup. I recommend these options as ordering the whole reuben for myself, plus a side salad and drink set me back over $10 for lunch, which is a little more than what I like to pay here around town.

If you’re ever in the mood to see old guys playing live music on a Saturday, then Ingrid’s is the place. Go for breakfast or lunch, then grab your partner and hit the dance floor for a number or two. We like to go for the brunch buffet on Sundays. You can always count on a nice variety of main dishes, salads and “a full dessert table featuring pure concocted indulgence,” with “more outstanding creations” offered on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter. They even take reservations for large parties. The buffet is $13.95 for adults (less for kids) but it is a good value with all of the offerings they provide.

The counter help is part of the fun, as they are all talky and very helpful, especially the man at the cash register. Part of the Oklahoma City charm of this restaurant.

Last year, I even ordered my entire Thanksgiving meal from Ingrid’s. Being someone who enjoys cooking, I was a little wary of a holiday restaurant meal. But Ingrid’s didn’t disappoint. And I will not hesitate to order more holiday food from them again if needed. It sure beat sitting in Denny’s eating one of those skillet meals with nine million fat grams.

We like Ingrid’s as much for the atmosphere as we do the food. But we wouldn’t drive clear across town if the food wasn’t worth the price of the gas to get there. One of my co-workers’ favorite things to do is eat lunch at Ingrid’s, then go next door to shoe shop at Linda’s Birkenstock. >Men, take note – you won’t find a faster way into a woman’s heart than a tasty meal she didn’t have to cook and new pair of comfy shoes.

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  • Tim says:
    December 5th, 2007 at 2:26 pm   

    I just ate at Ingrid’s again for lunch today. Wow, it was great. I had the Wiener Schnitzel and Bratwurst specialty plate. It cost $8.99, which is pushing it for lunch, but I think it was worth it. The guy I was with had the meatloaf, which looked very good as well.

    Definitely a unique offering with the sauerkraut, slaw and German potato salad on each plate. What a great place!

  • okcfind says:
    December 31st, 2007 at 3:32 pm   

    We have loved ingrid’s for many years, largely due to outstanding service. When my husband wanted to make sauerbraten for the extended family but neglected to consult a recipe in advance, I called Ingrid’s and they whipped up the marinade for us in a giant plastic tub. Unbelieveably helpful and friendly!

  • Sarah says:
    December 31st, 2007 at 4:13 pm   

    Wow – I’ve never heard of a restaurant doing that before. Good to know!

  • Andrew says:
    February 2nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm   

    For all you bologna fans out there, you need to try Ingrid’s fleischkase sandwich. Its a German style baked bologna. It’s served on homemade bread. Yum. Fantastic veal brats here as well. Eat them. You will thank me later.

  • Thad says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 2:07 pm   

    No one even mentions Ingrid’s bagels. Panera can’t hold water to Ingrid’s Cheese & Onion bagel. Easy in and easy out, try Ingrid’s for your next bagel bugle call.

  • sarah says:
    February 12th, 2008 at 2:59 pm   

    Thanks for the suggestion. There’s a ton of stuff I have yet to sample here – I’m eating my way around Ingrid’s.

  • kurt says:
    February 20th, 2008 at 7:27 pm   

    Ingrid’s is great, one of my favorite places to eat. Their baked goods are excellent!

  • CA says:
    February 22nd, 2008 at 8:22 pm   

    The sauerbraten at ingrid’s is to die for. I have never eaten any German food better. I can’t tell you how great the fried chicken on the brunch is, words aren’t good enough. I recently took a party for my daughter’s 16th birthday actually. Not only the food and service were outstanding, they made her special day awesome (her words).

  • Anne says:
    August 1st, 2008 at 3:06 pm   

    I was shopping at the Crescent Grocery in Nichols Hills Plaza (buying some meat for a special dinner — no, I don’t shop there regularly!) and thought of this review when I saw that they sell the Ingrid’s thumbprint cookies (and rolls). Frankly, I don’t think that the Crescent, which closes at 6 p.m. during the week, would save you that far to drive, but just something for folks to keep in mind…an alternate source!

  • KevinW says:
    September 4th, 2008 at 1:46 pm   

    I usually am not a big fan of German food but everything I have had at Ingrid’s has been very good and I would highly recommend them…especially the deserts!

  • kurt says:
    November 12th, 2008 at 5:09 pm   

    I had lunch there last week and noticed they now serve beer and wine.

  • David H. says:
    December 8th, 2008 at 3:34 am   

    The dessert in the massive glass displays are something else. They have orange colored crumbly-type cookies that I remember from childhood, have not seen them anywhere else, so its a special homemade find.

  • Katie says:
    December 10th, 2008 at 12:16 pm   

    Wow- I am German by birth and have consumed A LOT of German food and was not impressed with this place at all. Took my folks here. Now, keep in mind my mom is a very negative person but she hated it! They overcharged us at the counter by about $40 and then the man couldn’t figure out what he’d done and overcharged us again. Of course my mom thought they were scamming her..I knew he just was confused. I WOULD go back for the baked goods to go though. They were fabulous! The thumprint cookies were yummy!

  • AJ says:
    March 4th, 2009 at 11:46 am   

    Oh man, when I’m not broke, I frequent the Sunday brunch buffet just to have an endless plate of bread pudding (with to die for butter rum sauce), cupcakes, and thumbprints. The rest of the buffet I could do without- I mean, they have some mexican casserole on it… that is a little strange. Other than that, the near $15 tab is almost worth it to stuff my face full of their amazing sweets.

  • john coleman says:
    June 28th, 2009 at 5:35 pm   

    very overrated went to sunday brunch and at 1:15 pm most items on the buffet looked like it had been there all day they did bring out feesh eggs, ham, on english muffin and it was greatly improved. almost bent fork trying to cut first one. waiter cleared table of drinks and silverware when we went for desserts. I got the feeling they needed to be out of there at 2;00 sharp and was rushing us. I will not go back not worth the price for sure

  • Wimpy says:
    August 4th, 2009 at 10:10 pm   

    I’ve only had the Wiener Schnitzel and a couple diffrent dessert items everything was good that I tried but a little pricey for what you get.

  • Stacey says:
    August 19th, 2009 at 8:11 am   

    I have been going to Ingrid’s for about 15 years and love it. They used to have a great band that played on Saturday’s. Their bagels are to die for, as are the cookies and breads. I love the turkey and gouda sandwich, the weiner schnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst and home-made sauerkraut… mmmmm. We go for brunch on Sunday’s occasionally, but haven’t in awhile. I love love love the fried chicken, all the different salads, and the eggs benedict (a favorite). I also get a king cake every year from them for Mardi Gras.

  • Holley says:
    November 16th, 2009 at 4:22 pm   

    Ingrid’s is serving Thanksgiving dinner. That’s where my family will be dining. Can’t wait!

  • Andi says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 9:38 pm   

    Overrated. I’m German and I was very unimpressed with all their “German” food. It is actually Okla-German at best, heavily americanized. They could not survive in Germany. The signature cookies are excellent though.

  • Billy says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 10:19 am   

    I ate at Ingrid’s for the first time yesterday. I was amazed by the amount of desserts they had. I had the meatloaf, sauerkraut, and double potato salad instead of the cabbage. It was a very enjoyable meal. I just felt like a nap after the meal.

  • Jenn Marshall says:
    September 16th, 2010 at 8:58 pm   

    We have recently moved around the corner from here. Though I have always heard amazing things about Ingrid’s, I have never really wanted to go eat German food. Glad to know there is more to it – will have to go try!

  • Tiger Mike says:
    May 28th, 2011 at 9:55 pm   

    I’ve been to Ingrid’s for the Breakfast Buffet and Sunday Brunch before, both of which I enjoyed. My wife and I ordered Breakfast off the menu today. After ordering at the counter, the nice gentleman there gave us our Coffee Cups and my wife’s glass of milk, whereupon you get your silverware and take everything to the table. You also get up to get your food when your name is called. My wife had the Denver Omelette, which was pretty big, and I had the Wiener Shnitzel & Eggs with Roasted Potatoes. The Schnitzel covered most of the plate, and was tender and delicious! They also serve very good coffee.

    As we have before, we left with a big bag of baked goods. They have good bread and bagels, although I think Old School’s taste better and are more authentic (I’m from NYC originally). The eclairs are large & I really like the Napoleons. The Fruit & Creme Torte is tasty, but my absolute favorite, like others here, is the Thumbprint Cookies. I can do some real damage with a glass of cold milk!!

  • KC says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 3:30 pm   

    I love coming to Ingrids – it’s a great place for almost any occasion (I’ve been there to have a meal, hang with friends, watch the game, happy hour, coffee and desert after a movie, among others) and it offers so much good food, especially the Wiener Schnitzel and German potato salad. And their bread…man, I’m getting cravings for their pumpernickel just typing this comment.

    Try it once and you’ll be coming back for more.

  • Jennifer says:
    January 6th, 2012 at 1:27 am   

    Weren’t they on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives? If I’m recalling correctly, Guy raved about them! I’m thinking he knows food. Can’t wait to try them. I had completely forgotten about them (was waiting a while so I could avoid the mad traffic that an appearance on 3D usually brings). Found this site because I was searching out where to get a great King Cake in OKC. Yea! Thanks so much for writing about them. And thanks to the reviewer that mentioned the King Cakes!!!

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