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Ingrid's Pantry

2421 N. Council Rd.
Bethany, OK
(405) 722-7593

Ingrid's Pantry at N.W. 23rd and Council

I have recently been going to Ingrid's Kitchen more frequently, and thinking at the same time it may be better than before. The original Ingrid's Kitchen, at N. W. 36th Street and Youngs (near Pennsylvania Ave.) has been serving German food for a number of years, and with its sandwich and deli concept has made this cuisine more accessible to the public than I think some of the more expensive restaurants have done.

As of 2010, though, I have a reason to like Ingrid's even better. They took over the former Oma's Pantry in Bethany and have opened it as Ingrid's Pantry. The Bethany Ingrid's is a smaller version of the original with limited kitchen space, but it specializes in sandwiches as well as selling cookies, bread, and pastries sent over from Ingrid's Kitchen.

Best of the Wurst Platter
"Best of the Wurst Platter" with Smoked Bratwurst and Grobe Bratwurst

Ingrid's Pantry has a lunch special daily, but otherwise the only dinner that is not a sandwich is the Best of the Wurst Platter that comes with a choice of one or two sausages. I tried one of each, for what I thought was an excellent meal.

The Grobe Bratwurst (the white colored sausage) was my favorite of the two, and was made with veal and pork. This was juicy and delicious, and was one of the best Bratwurst sausages I have ever tried.

The Smoked Bratwurst was made with beef and pork, and was closer to the type of Bratwurst I find at most restaurants. It was very flavorful, but I did not think I could call it the most flavorful one I have tried. Still, both of the sausages were a very good choice. The Best of the Wurst Platter comes with either type of Bratwurst, or you can order both.

The sandwiches seem to be the same as at Ingrid's Kitchen, and for now I am calling the Reuben my favorite because it is my favorite at the original restaurant (I have not tried it at Ingrid's Pantry, though).

One thing that surprised me was that I liked both the Sauerkraut and the Red Cabbage at Ingrid's Pantry better than at the original restaurant. Like their counterparts they were fresh, but for some reason they seemed to have a better flavor than at Ingrid's Kitchen. I think the Sauerkraut has more spices at the Bethany location, and maybe there is a difference in the way the cooks prepare them.

Both of the Ingrid's restaurants have the same excellent German Potato Salad that is home made and is some of the best I have tried.

The Tomato Soup served as a soup of the day was excellent, with flavorful but not overwhelming spices, a good texture, and the freshness that characterizes Ingrid's food.

A lot of the cookies cooked at Ingrid's Kitchen are available here, and a few cakes are available as well. A loaf of Ingrid's bread I bought was a day old and sold at a discounted price, but tasted excellent (it has no preservatives, though, and has a short shelf life).

Blueberry pie
Blueberry pie

Pies are excellent here, and I believe Ingrid's is one of the top three or four sources for pie in Oklahoma City. Especially good was the Blueberry Pie that struck a balance between sweetness and the tart flavor of the berries. I have tried several flavors since Ingrid's Pantry opened (all of which came from Ingrid's Bakery), and out of these I would also recommend the apple pie.

Ingrid's Pantry is small, and is really little more than a sandwich shop and take-out place. I have heard that the lunch special is excellent (although I have not yet tried it), and they are gradually adding things to the menu other than sandwiches. Right now the restaurant is new, but I really liked everything I tried.

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Cuisine: German
Cost: $
Hours: Lunch Tue.-Sat.
Additional Location: 3701 N. Youngs Ave.
Accessible: Yes
Smoking: No Smoking

Most Recent Visit
Dec. 23, 2010

Number of Visits: 2

Best Items
Bratwurst, Reuben, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Soup of the Day, Desserts

Special Ratings
Grobe Bratwurst:
Smoked Bratwurst:
Potato Salad:
Red Cabbage:
Tomato Soup:
Blueberry Pie:
Apple Pie: