SAPULPA — In 1955 Freddie Joseph prepared barbecue meals in the back room of his Drumright grocery store for his friends.
Soon, the grocery store was full of customers, but they weren’t there to shop; they were there to eat.And in 1962, Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steak House was born.
“The grocery store was selling more prepared food off the old butcher block,” said Edmond Slyman, Freddie’s nephew.
Slyman decided to follow his uncle’s footsteps by joining the restaurant business.
“I am a schoolteacher by education, but I moonlighted at a Tulsa restaurant when I was younger,” Slyman said.
Edmond and his wife Sherian now operate Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steak House.The couple took over from Uncle Freddie in 1972. When the restaurant burned down in 1978, the couple decided to rebuild in Sapulpa, Slyman said.
The restaurant’s most popular entree is a steak filet covered with a smoke sauce and served with Middle Eastern side dishes, he said.
Freddie's is a full-service restaurant known for its friendly, comfortable atmosphere, generous portions and reasonable prices, Slyman said.
For about $20, a customer can enjoy a steak and baked potato, with a side order of barbecue ribs and bologna, a relish tray with humus dip and a cabbage roll.
“What makes our restaurant different is that we combine Middle Eastern hors d'oeuvres with barbecue,” Slyman said.
In 1968, the family patented “The Gourmet Touch Tabouly Salad." Tabouly Salad is a Middle Eastern flavorful dish using a wide variety of market-fresh ingredients.
One item Freddie’s customers enjoy is the free birthday cakes.
“The restaurant makes a practice of giving away birthday cakes. Now we are giving away birthday cakes to the grandkids of the grandparents that we gave birthday cakes to when they were little,” Slyman said.
The original restaurant held 65 customers, whereas the new restaurant holds 225 customers, and the banquet rooms holds 250 people.
The restaurant has also added "Creative Catering by Sherian" and "The Catering Center," a multi-capability banquet and meeting room. The 9,000-square-foot building can accommodate 25 or 250, and all menus are custom-designed.
Hors d'oeuvres parties begin at $13.95 per person, buffets start at $15.50 per person and full service sit-down steak dinners start at $19.95 per person.
In the past, the catering department served the National Governor's Conference, Southern Legislative Conference and Grace Fellowship Church in Tulsa. At all three events there were more than 2,000 people served.
Freddie’s is available for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, corporate parties, events, parties, banquets, picnics, fish frys and family reunions.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday
2 to 11 p.m. Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Open Mother’s Day and during the Christmas season