Don's Alley Restaurant popular with clientele

By Alaina Stevens Modified: July 12, 2010 at 4:50 pm •  Published: May 28, 2010
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DEL CITY — Don's Alley Restaurant started in 1955 when Don Moore bought a small building, with one counter and about nine stools. It had the classic '50s décor with a jukebox, but the restaurant today is a little different.

Mark Moore, co-owner of the restaurant, said customers would find that the décor now is "a little rustic, a little old fashioned," but Don's is still serving the classic foods and more.

Don's was first expanded with a carhop service, but soon needed more room for patrons, Moore said. In 1977, the building that houses the restaurant now was built to help with the restaurant's popularity.

It is located at 4601 SE 29 and sits on the same lot where it originally opened, Moore said.

Due to the fact that Don's is near Tinker Air Force Base, you will find several patrons in military attire, but Moore said the restaurant's clientele is diverse.

"The atmosphere is the atmosphere that people make it," he said. "The lunch crowd is different than the dinner crowd. All kinds of people come in."

The most popular dish on the menu — chicken and dumplings with cornbread — was born from an old family recipe, Moore said. Customers can get the meal for $5.40.

"My grandma use to make it," he said. "I came up with a way to make it easier to prepare."

Another dish that is a top seller is the chicken friend steak, which is served with a salad, customer's choice of vegetable and a roll for $10.49. Patrons also can find an Indian Taco at Don's for about $6.99.

Menu prices range from $1.99 to $13.99 and daily specials are listed when patrons walk into the restaurant.

On Saturday mornings, customers can see Don at the restaurant, cooking breakfast and sometimes lunch. Moore said his father likes to stay involved with the restaurant.

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