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Returning OKC Resident in Search of Two Great Places (German and French)I remember from the mid 90s

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nwdchound May 17, 2008 10:54 AM

I lived in OKC for several years in the early/mid 90s and and remember two places that really stood out from all the chains as distinctive, good food. I'm back this weekend for the first time since I left and am hoping someone will be able to help me with any information.

The first place was a simply, french themed bakery/cafe in Midwest City right near the Air Base. The owner was a frenchman named Rene and their bread/sandwiches, some hot entrees were simply the best in the area. He catered a lot to the local Air Force crowd. Maybe not there anymore?

Second was one of the better German places I"ve been to anywhere in the United States. I remember it well because it was bizarre to find a place like this in the middle of nowhere. I think it was in Choctaw--maybe an hour east of OKC? Literally the middle of nowhere. Maybe called Old Germany or something like that. The story was a German family that had immigrated to OK a long time ago and opened up there, keeping it going through a few generations. People would make the trip from AK, TX, etc. It was great--total destination restaurant kind of place. You'd drive a long way with nothing around and their parking lot would be oddly full every time.

My kingdom (and a report) for any information--thanks!

  1. Mattkn May 17, 2008 10:29 PM

    Perhaps Napoleons in Mwc?

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      nwdchound May 20, 2008 09:38 PM

      Yes! Napoleon's---that's it. Is it still around and, if you know it, is/was there a guy who owned or ran the place named Rene?

      Thanks for the info on Old Germany JonParker. That was it but learned it was closed Sunday so that was out and we went to Cattlemen's instead. Super ribeye and love that the place's decor hasn't changed a bit all these years.

      BTW, we went also to Pearl's Oyster Bar. I remembered it vaguely as an okay seafood place in the 90s. We had a really tough time finding it since it's no longer where it was. New location on Classen. Would advise against going for other hounds. Crab was very dried out and even the fresh, shell on shrimp appetizer was oddly dry and lacking flavor. Others had fish entrees and the menu should have tipped us off anyway. The prices were too low to be decent quality and a big percentage of the fish entrees are smothered in cheese.

      1. re: nwdchound
        Mattkn May 23, 2008 04:00 AM

        Napoleon's is still going strong. I am not sure about Rene. Next time I am there I will ask and report back. Pearl's has been on the downward slide for a long time. I haven't even been to the new location. I think it is still fairly popular for brunch.

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          Bigrayok May 23, 2008 02:20 PM

          In an earlier post I said that Sleepy Hollow has closed. Based on the same local publication that reported it closed last week, they retracted their statement this week and said it has not closed again. It is still open.

          Bigray in Ok

    2. JonParker May 17, 2008 07:19 PM

      The German place is in Choctaw. It's called Old Germany. It's still around and supposedly still worth the trip. It''s more like a 20 minute drive from OKC than an hour.

      Not sure about the French place.

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        Bigrayok May 17, 2008 10:15 PM

        Old Germany is the place in Choctaw and has been in business since 1976. Could the French place been a branch of La Baguette? I do not remember any French places in Midwest City in the 1990's but I do not go to Midwest City much. Sleepy Hollow has closed again after two different owners have managed the place for the past year and a half after reopening after being closed for about two years before that.

        Bigray in Ok

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        ksmith51432 May 17, 2008 12:05 PM

        I'm sorry I can't help you with your specific requests, but the very best lamb fries/rocky mt. Oysters are at the 'Cattlemen's Cafe' on S. Agnew, and the very best supper club/Steak House is Sleepy Hollow on NE 50th St. - I think reservations are required now. Good luck! hope you find what your're looking for. An old Okey at heart.
        KinNC (now)

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