Less than two miles West of the Oklahoma State Capitol, tucked away at the edge of Mesta Park historic district, one block South of Historic Route 66 and one block East of the famous Gold Dome geodesic landmark is Someplace Else Deli and Bakery.
Started in the 1970's by a couple, (who also had a night and day hand in Apre Midi fine French 'businessman's lunch', white linen table cloths, dining in downtown Oklahoma City.... and some other projects.. some including music it seemed.).... Someplace Else Deli lives on. Baking fresh bread for sandwiches, cookies and other bakery delights, this somewhat closet-y shop can't possibly seat more than 40.
Having left OKC more than 20 years ago, it was quite the whammy to stop in for lunch recently.
The restaurant has the exact same decor it had when it opened.( a friend pointed out which is refurbished annually during the same week the family owners go on vacation). Oilskin cloths of maroon polkadot, deep teal green accents. Low walnut colored block tables with backless box stools. Hanging plants and wood panels. Over the door is an opening period framed t-shirt... as in the 1970's using your shirt to note anything from politics to preferences to patronage was a very hot item. (Think "feathered hair", rollerskates, "natural" and refurbishing old spots for new growth. Long before there was Better Block, there were pioneers like this family who picked up a quaint old saltbox store front and whisked it from a record shop into a stable, popular eatery with a wholegrain bakery. Highly unusual.)
You know it is a land mark also, because they have their own Greg Burns pen and ink building effigy, the ultimate sign in OKC of "made it" from the 1980's. https://www.gregburns-fineart.com/
The locals know this place and frequent it faithfully, whether for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. It typically attracts all ages, with many families from the area and on weekdays many people from area businesses. Someplace Else caters, and many of the area offices and neighbors choose them first for a function.
Someplace Else menu have about 15 standard sandwiches on various breads. Summer additions are prime rib sandwich, shrimp salad sandwich, homemade meatloaf and the vegetarian hummus sandwich. Patrons can always construct their own if pre-determined combos don't do it for you. Frank McCourt's Teacher Man comes to mind when my sandwich is delivered. http://teacherknowledge.wikispaces.com/file/view/McCourtSandwichStory.pdf
Ok sweet thing, here's what you've all been waiting for.
Please notice the cookie diagram in the photo series. Some Someplace Else Deli and Bakery cookies are FOLKLORIC. Fresh traditional foods like your granny made were all the rage in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The 1970's were full of things like giant cookies, where before there had only been two or three bites per cookie cookies, super big cookies were just emerging.
Not platter sized, like you get at the mall, those cookie/cake things.... No. That is just wrong. No. Bigger than your adult hand, fingers extended, share it with your date COOKIES.
Truly, I tell you today, this particular photographed cookie was badly packed by me on the bike,and could not be faithfully reconstructed. ( But, ok, I also ate part of it before thinking perhaps you'd want to SEE an authentic, yet fresh baked 1970 oversized cookie.)
So I drew a diagram of what you probably THOUGHT the cookie should look like, and then I drew what the cookie PROBABLY was in original dimensions. THEN I got a picture so you can see in the bakery cabinet that indeed I am making a fact based statement regarding cookie dimensions.
Figuring you'd like to make your way to Someplace Else Deli, sooner, rather than later. They are open Monday thru Saturday year round. 7a until 6p.