If you're looking for the opposite of fast food, then Ingrid's Kitchen is the place for you.
Not that service takes very long at Ingrid's — in fact, the food comes out a very quick clip — but everything at Ingrid's is done the old-fashioned way. That, General Manager Maggie Miner said, is what has kept this Oklahoma City landmark running strong for 31 years.
The first thing that will catch your eye walking into Ingrid's is the fresh-baked breads and mountains of desserts in glass cases. It's a classic look that's classic for a reason — it works.
"Everything we do here is made fresh and in-house," Miner said. "We don't get it all shipped in from someplace else; we bake it here in the European style."
That means cookies and cakes that can't be found at every bakery, like Nuessecken, a short bread crust covered in nuts, coconut and chocolate, or the Cream Horn, a light crust filled with whipped cream and dusted with sugar.
Ingrid's also serves cakes, cookies and pies by the slice or as a whole. Miner said it's part of the 22-hour day at Ingrid's.
"This place is probably empty only a couple of hours a day," she said. "When we clear out after dinner, until about 10 p.m., when the bakers arrive."
But those looking for more than dessert will find a lot to love at Ingrid's. German favorites like Weiner Schnitzel and Beerwurst, or deli classics like the Reuben and pastrami and Swiss keep customers coming back. For the less adventurous, there also are BLTs, Tuna Salad and grilled cheese.
Also popular are Ingrid's breakfast offerings. In addition to omelets and French toast, diners can indulge in a German Breakfast, with crusty French bread, ham, salami and buttercheese with roasted potatoes, or the McIngrid's, which is an upscale version of the Egg McMuffin.
The restaurant is probably most famous for its Saturday afternoon dances. They push back the tables and a live band plays for anyone who wants to get up and participate.
And now, after 31 years in business, the restaurant is open for dinners, Miner said.
"It's a whole different atmosphere," she said. "It's a separate menu with wait staff at the tables and a rapidly expanding menu."
Dinner, lunch or during their famous breakfasts, Ingrid's is still very laid back; a great place for a casual business meeting, a family meal, or a date.
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday