Italian Kitchen, or Rather, Steak and Catfish Barn, Oklahoma City, OK

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We have been to the Barn on Waterloo a couple times. I read an artical in the Oklahoma Gazette that mentioned how the Barn used to be a very good Italian restaurant. A couple months ago, I drove past the downtown location, fairly recently opened, that confusingly bears both names.

I got there around 1230 for lunch today. It was pretty much empty.

I ordered spaghetti with meat sauce, with a couple extra meat balls. It comes with a garden salad: I got some very good ranch dressing with it.

The spaghetti was excellent! It was al dente, rare for a restaurant, and the meat sauce was just perfectly thick enough, loaded with beef, a bit of sausage, mushrooms, and lots of thre stuff.

The meat ballas were another thing altogether. I didn’t like them at all. They had an odd texture, and there was no meat flavor to speak of. I just couldn’t eat them, and would not get them again.

The only “problem”, the amount of food was grossly huge. I could have fed everyone in my family with that bowl (well, except Ian, he doesn’t *do* spaghetti).

I ended up bringing a bunch home (a rarity for me). I didn’t even try to eat the garlic bread, although it looked good.

The tea was good. Service, I don’t think was very good. Even in the mostly-empty restaurant, I was seated and served slowly. I left around 1320, it was pretty much empty.

My check was $22.20. I think that the spaghetti and meat sauce was $13, and so the meat balls must have been pretty expensive. I would not get them, and I would get a half order of pasta as well, if possible.

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2 Responses to “Italian Kitchen, or Rather, Steak and Catfish Barn, Oklahoma City, OK”

  1. paul duncan Says:

    The Catfish Barn was a 2010 stop for Travel Channel’s Adam Richman “Man vs. Food”. He took the fried catfish challenge. He also visited Cattleman’s during his OKC visit. Surprised you missed that one Bill!

    • Bill Hensley Says:

      Hi, Paul! Glad to see you on WordPress. I didn’t know that “Man vs. Food” was at Steak and Catfish Barn, I don’t watch that program. I do seem to be following Guy from “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” around; he’s been to a number of places I later show up at.


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