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10 Mid-Del restaurants you need to try now.

Pancit and lumpia at Chibugan. Photo provided.

10 Mid-Del restaurants you need to try now.

To a larger than necessary degree, traffic patterns determine where we eat most of the time. Destination restaurants for special events are the most common exception, but most people tend to eat at restaurants within a couple miles of home and work, or along a route between. That cuts us off from delicious food in other parts of the 405.  We’d like to take some time to highlight several great choices in areas of the city you might not visit often, or that might be near you but just outside your normal driving routes, in hopes of broadening your horizons of deliciousness. We begin with 10 Mid-Del Restaurants to Try Now.

Chibugan, 4728 SE 29th St., Del City

Stellar Filipino food is what you’ll get from this Del City eatery. The lumpia are excellent, as is the pancit, and the lunch specials are affordable and filling. 


Creperie and European Cafe, 2839 S. Douglas Blvd., Midwest City

It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast or lunch; you’re here for the crepes, which are delicious. Made properly, and loaded with a variety of fresh ingredients, they are the star of the menu, but don’t overlook the sandwiches and made-from-scratch soups.


Hawaiian BBQ, 6000 SE 15th St., OKC

It’s technically east OKC, but it’s definitely considered Mid-Del, and this is where you find the best bulgogi in the 405. 


Korean House, 4716 SE 29th St., Del City

Although it’s not in its original location, this Del City staple is the OG among Korean joints in the city. The specialities of the house are the barbecue items: bulgogi, bulgalbi and samgyeopsal. You can cook your own if that’s your preference, but we like to leave it up to the experts. 


Tacos Jalisco, 9003 E. Reno Ave., Midwest City

Finding mulitas around town got harder once Cardenas SLP closed, but this MWC truck scratches the itch deliciously. It’s a traditional taco truck with some surprise additions to a truck menu, like enchiladas and fajitas. 


Tandoor, 1901 E. Reno Ave., OKC

This one is also technically east OKC, but it’s close enough that we’re including it, because it’s also one of the very best Indian restaurants in the 405. The butter chicken and tikka masala are incredible, and vegetarians will find plenty of options too. Unless you’re a heat-head, ask for mild to medium spice. 


Taqueria La Fondita #2, 1709 S. Sunnylane Rd., Del City

This is one of the pleasant surprises on the SE side, as finding a traditional taqueria this good that’s not on the SW side of OKC feels like a huge win. The tacos, as expected, are fantastic, as is everything else from the escabeche to the beans.


Taste of Soul, 4605 SE 29th St., Del City

The giant egg roll concept started as a truck, and when it landed in a brick and mortar, Del City was the winner. It’s worth the drive for these as-advertised giant egg rolls, featuring traditional and creative options: chicken, cheeseburger, turkey-jalapeño, breakfast style, etc. 


WePancakes, 1017 S. Air Depot Blvd., Midwest City

Midwest City folks love this breakfast joint, thanks in large part to more than a dozen styles of pancakes – if it’s in the name, you’d better be good at it, and WePancakes is. Choose among options like traditional buttermilk, blueberry lemon ricotta, pina colada and something you have to try: donut pancakes. It has French toast and crepes, as well as a full lineup of traditional breakfast items.


Wing Star and More, 4500 S. Sunnylane Rd., OKC

The “and more” is a messy, delicious cheeseburger — among other things — but the wings are the star (as you’d expect). To the critic who calls boneless wings “chicken nuggets,” these morsels are excellent no matter what you call them. The parmesan sauce is easy to like, and the spicy sauce has some sincere heat to it.