Oma’s Pantry, a Truly Gourmet Experience

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Ingrid's Pantry

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2421 N. Council Rd.
Bethany, OK 73008

PLEASE NOTE: In November of 2010, Oma’s Pantry was acquired by Ingrid’s Kitchen and is now known as Ingrid’s Pantry. They still serve much of the same menu as the original Oma’s Pantry.

Driving down Council Road you don’t see many restaurants. A few fast food joints, one of those unitarian joints (a “lets have every type of food imaginable” place), a diner or two, and that’s about it. There is a place, however, that you have probably driven by a hundred times and never even seen. Oma’s Pantry is hidden in the middle of a little shopping strip in Bethany, hardly a hot bed for unique restaurants. Oma’s Pantry is a gourmet food shop specializing in European imports. I have always counted on Oma’s to provide me with Aromat seasoning, different European Knorr mixes, specialty cheese, and a variety of infused oils, but it is what they just recently began providing that I have decided to share with the world. Oma’s has started serving fresh hot Panini-style sandwiches that are amazing. They also have a Soup Von De Dag (Soup of the day), real imported German Knockwurst and Bratwurst, and a variety of homemade pastries.

The Paninis are made with fresh meats, bread and cheese. For instance, today I ordered the Flamin’ Hot Pastrami Sandwich. First off, name another place in the city where you can get fresh shaved Pastrami. There aren’t many. Place a healthy portion of pastrami with a couple thick slices of Grueyere, some hot sauce, some of Oma’s coleslaw, all on a couple slices of Holzofen Art Brot (Stone Baked Farmer’s Rye Bread) and you have a lunch that will make any other deli sandwich in town seem pretty ordinary. The coleslaw is fresh, it has chunky pieces of cucumber, cabbage, carrot, etc., and it’s FULL of flavor. Very refreshing when you picture that soggy shredded cabbage concoction we are all so used to. My wife had the Mediterranean Panini which is smoked turkey, a goat’s milk Gouda, onions, tomatoes, and a black olive relish grilled on an Italian bread. There are many other choices involving Black Forest Ham, cheeses such as Havarti and Provolone, French Dip, and of course, a Reuben.

If you are not in the mood for a hot sandwich, they have a cold sub-style sandwich as well. For instance, the Roast Beef with Blue Stilton Cheese deserves a try. You don’t get the chance to eat Blue Stilton Cheese very often in life. Sandwiches are paired with a bag of chips, potato salad, or you can get the German Potato Salad. And did I mention the real German Brats and Knacks? Sorry, I’m very excited that they started offering these. You can buy them frozen and take them home as well to cook yourself if you are like me and hate the offerings our lame grocery stores in this city offer us in the way of sausages. And yes, there are vegetarian choices as well. In fact, the Veggie Melt that stacks grilled asparagus, fresh spinach, mozzarella, roasted sweet red peppers, and an eggplant spread tempts even a hardcore carnivore such as myself. Pair that with a cup of French Onion soup and an apricot turnover if you really want to kick it up a notch.

Oma’s Pantry is a food-lovers paradise. Where else in town can you get a wide variety of imported cheeses, spices, imported meats, treats, as well as fresh pastries, soups, and sandwiches? If you know of another, please tell me. Thankfully, for my sake, Oma’s is right by my house. Too bad there aren’t more places in town like this. This isn’t a budget sub shop. Expect to pay 6 or 7 bucks for a sandwich, but also expect to be VERY satisfied with a tasty hot sandwich straight from the old country.

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  • Cynthia says:
    October 29th, 2007 at 4:39 pm   

    Boy Andrew you really get around. I have an office around the corner from here or I never would have happened upon Oma’s. They have possibly the best sandwiches in town. Everything is fresh and very flavorful. The only negatives are that since each sandwich is made by hand, I would suggest calling ahead. Although they sell plenty of things you don’t see anywhere else and the browsing is fun.
    And second, I believe they only have one or two tables so this place is definitely take out only. The owners are extremely friendly and always willing to give a sample of the cheeses while you wait. I highly recommend.

  • Andrew says:
    October 29th, 2007 at 7:02 pm   

    Cynthia, glad you got to experience Oma’s for yourself. Supporting local places like this is critical to our city getting diverse and unique eateries. I’m glad they have a new fan!

  • Royal Bavaria Restaurant and Brewery | Oklahoma City Restaurants says:
    November 14th, 2007 at 8:42 am   

    [...] sausage that I’m 90% sure are the same ones you can buy for yourself and take home from Oma’s Pantry. They feature a little tougher casing than we Americans are accustomed to (thanks to Oscar Mayer) [...]

  • Bruce Smits says:
    September 3rd, 2008 at 4:13 pm   

    I’m from San Diego and every time I’m in town I visit Oma’s Pantry. The sandwiches are great. I always have to buy an extra suitcase to bring all the imported goodies home.

  • Sharon says:
    October 3rd, 2008 at 3:09 pm   

    best sandwiches ever – have replaced Ingrid’s for me

  • Aimee says:
    December 15th, 2008 at 3:36 pm   

    went in over the weekend. I needed cheese for a wine party. They helped me pick out the right cheeses and my friends were very impressed.
    Thanks!!! PS… great gift ideas for the holidays are everywhere in this store!

  • Wayne Ludwig says:
    December 16th, 2008 at 10:08 am   

    I was disappointed that I could not purchase a gift certificate from oma’s on line, unless i missed it.

  • Monkeyhead says:
    January 11th, 2009 at 1:34 am   

    My husband and I have been eating here for over two years, and I cannot get enough of the yummy goodness that is Oma’s! The owners definitely know what they are doing – the sandwiches are so good I refuse to go anywhere else when a sandwich craving hits me. The soups, salads, weiners…everything is so delicious you’d be hard-pressed to walk away from here disappointed. If I had to choose a favorite sandwich, it’d have to be the London Calling. The Stilton, the mounds of roast beef on a fresh baguette, and the fact that it’s named after a Clash song…well, you can’t find this sorta thing just anywhere in OKC. Oh, and be sure to check-out their cheese selection. They carry a Gouda with cumin seed cheese that is so good it causes me to get emotional. I like to grate it and put it on tacos or any other mexican food. Do yourself a favor and hit Oma’s for lunch or dinner – and bring a friend.

  • Martha says:
    March 21st, 2009 at 5:08 pm   

    We ate lunch at Oma’s today. The 3 of us (me, daughter and husband)had a good sampling from the menu and it was really good. We had a veggie melt, a Reuben-Meister and a Panini Weenie. The german potato salad was excellent. My 14 year old ate every bite of her veggie melt. We were having a leisurely Saturday lunch so we didn’t mind that it took a while for our food to arrive. We had reading material with us and had fun looking at the import items in the store. It was a nice friendly atmosphere, good for staying a while. The tables are large and comfy and on a nice day one could also sit outside. I would call ahead for lunch if I were in a hurry. I live in far NWOKC and I will make the trip back for sure, I just wish it were closer to my house! They also have my “special” cane brown sugar cubes so I had to get a box. Awesome in espresso or tea. I don’t understand why there aren’t more places like Oma’s here in OKC. I will try “London Calling” next time!

    p.s. anyone have a theory on why our grocery stores are so “lame” her in Oklahoam City? It’s pretty much unbearable!!!

  • Andrew says:
    March 22nd, 2009 at 7:08 pm   

    I have e-mailed nearly every respectable grocery chain in America requesting a hostile takeover of our terrible grocery chains. So far no takers. Until then visit Oma’s, La Boucherie, and other specialty shops.

  • Lance says:
    August 9th, 2009 at 6:22 pm   

    I live right around the corner from Oma’s also and am so glad other people have discovered it. When they first started out they didn’t even sell sandwiches. As high quality as they are I’ve always been afraid they would shut down for lack of business. Thanks for bring them to everyone’s attention. BTW they also serve special brunch’s every day and you can sometimes pick a dish out of their fridge and take it home to microwave.

    The staff is very friendly, but I love the the husband and wife who own Oma’s snip at each other almost every time I’m in there. A little extra entertainment while waiting on your sandwich.

  • Tim says:
    October 19th, 2009 at 6:40 am   

    I finally tried this place last week and, I have to say, I was impressed. I was expecting a very limited menu with a handful of sandwich selections, but they really offer a full range – as much as you would expect from any small deli.

    I had the special of the day because it came with sandwich chips and a drink for $5.95, a great value. It was a fine bratwurst sandwich with onions and cheese on some great bread. I really enjoyed the sandwich and the value was terrific. I wish there were a choice of chips but they just gave me regular Lays, but thats alright. They had fresh brewed iced tea as well which was good.

    I think Oma’s is a great find if you’re in the area.

  • Sarah says:
    November 4th, 2009 at 1:57 pm   

    Had the turkey Mediterranean panini and German potato salad for lunch today, and it was delicious. They have added several more tables to dine in since I was in last. Also a very nice selection of sandwiches on the menu. And the best little lemon candies I’ve ever had!

  • Lance says:
    December 8th, 2010 at 10:30 pm   

    Sadly they are gone. It’s now an extension of Ingrids. The sandwiches have changed slightly and they no longer sell meat and cheese by the pound. :-(

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