The Del City
neighborhood in Oklahoma City
offers a great place to live, work, or open a business. This area has a number of businesses, excellent schools and residential neighborhoods that add to the appeal of the area. Del City has impressive amenities and attractions that include the Country Western Music Hall of Fame and the historical Don's Alley Restaurant.
The neighborhood also has more than 200 acres of parks, miles of bike and walking trails, the Del City Ball Park and the Trosper Golf Course, which residents find entertaining yet valuable to the allure of Del City, giving it much of its unique culture. Del City sits slightly less than 6 miles southeast of Oklahoma City and residents enjoy the close proximity to the big city's major attractions.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Although Del City contains many popular fast food locations, restaurants serving authentic cuisine and niche eateries add personality to the neighborhood's dining options. Del City has casual establishments for grabbing a quick bite as well as sit-down restaurants that locals enjoy for dinner. The central location for nightlife activity and restaurants in Del City borders Interstate 40 and Sooner Road.
Grub quickly grew into a popular restaurant in a short period of time as a result of delightful sandwiches, tasty sides and homemade cookies. Guests praise this restaurant for its excellent service, quick food preparation and simple — yet inviting — decor. Grub uses an easy-to-order menu with popular items such as barbecue chicken, red potato salad, mac and cheese, and the chicken and waffles. The restaurant combines large TVs and comfortable seating to provide an enjoyable, casual dining experience.
Another popular restaurant in Del City, Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi prevails as a highly recommended sushi bar. This restaurant enjoys status as a local favorite for its freshly prepared sushi, impressive presentation and wonderful flavors. Volcano Sushi Bar & Hibachi has a menu that includes mouth-watering deserts such as mango cheesecake and fried bananas as a boat. Popular menu items include the shrimp tempura, baked crawfish rolls, tuna tataki, Kamikaze rolls and Godzilla rolls. This restaurant has a relaxing decor and friendly wait staff to make your night out more enjoyable.
Venezia Italian Ristorante features hearty, authentic meals at reasonable prices. Order one of several house specialties such as chicken pomodorini, a dish with tomatoes and garlic sauteed in sherry wine over chicken and a bed of pasta. The sausage pizzola features the famous meat sauteed with mushrooms, onions and green peppers over spaghetti and covered in marinara sauce.
Nightlife in Del City is limited to a handful of nearby bars and pubs. The nightlife atmosphere in this neighborhood has a relaxed and casual vibe. Popular locations include Booger Red's and Jamaica Joe's. Booger Red's has a reputation as a hole in the wall, but this bar features friendly staff and patrons that improve the overall experience. Booger Red's features daily drink specials, karaoke, pool tables and darts that keep guests busy and socializing.
History & Culture
Del City was originally 160 acres of land purchased by developer George Epperly in 1946. The city received its name from Epperly's daughter, Delaphene Campbell. The initial plan for the area consisted of building fifty houses.
However, a vote to approve incorporation occurred in 1948, and Del City adopted a charter in 1959. In 1954, the area expanded as a result of the annexation of Carter Park. The area expanded again in 1963 after the annexation of Midway Village. In 1964, Del City expanded once more and additional homes were constructed as well as other family-oriented amenities.
This neighborhood has a limited arts and museum culture, however, historical exhibits are showcased at the Oklahoma County & Western Museum. This area also has the Del City Preservation & Historical Society and the War Memorial. An annual Armed Forces Day Parade occurs each May.
Del City has a low walkscore, which means most errands require a vehicle. This neighborhood also has a limited bike infrastructure with only a few bike lanes. As a result of the lack of bike lanes, biking is only a reliable transportation method for reaching certain destinations. Del City has some transit options and public transportation. Embark bus lines service this area and has multiple bus lines passing through that include the Midwest City
015, Coltrane 002 and the Spencer 019.
Car-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft serve Del City for residents without a car. Local taxis, such as Safeway Cab, operate regularly in the surrounding area and have an option to call in advance as well as hailing curbisde. Parking in this neighborhood consists of free street parking, metered parking and customer parking lots. For access to nearby locations, Interstate 40 and SE 29th Street provide easy travel for residents.
The cost of living in Del City sits 10 percent lower than Oklahoma, and the same percentage below that of Oklahoma City. The average rental rate for a one-bedroom
apartment is $527. A one-way single fare on Embark costs $1.75 for travel throughout the neighborhood or to the city center.
Gas costs typically fall more than 20 percent lower than the national average, and residents can expect to pay $3 for a domestic beer at a local bar.
Shopping in Del City revolves around nearby department stores and chain retailers. Although shopping options are limited in this neighborhood, some boutiques and specialty stores can be found bordering Interstate 40. For grocery and home-essential needs, residents use the nearby Target and Walmart stores. These stores have different departments and a wide selection of food items that include meats, produce, seafood and dairy. However, Homeland Stores Inc provides a grocery store alternative to big-box retailers in Del City.
The closest farmers market to Del City rests several miles away near Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Food Cooperative and Urban Agrarian serve the Oklahoma City area and residents of Del City must travel to this area to purchase locally grown produce from a farmers market.
PJ’s Flower & Gift Shop provides a speciality store in the Del City area that sells flowers for special occasions and gift items. This store has a wide selection of flowers and arrangements that range from corsages to funeral wreaths. PJ's Flower & Gift Shop also sells beautiful home decor items, gourmet chocolates and candles.
Another specialty store, Go Natural 24/7, has cosmetic and beauty supplies for every type of guest. This store has a helpful and friendly staff that answers questions, while providing the appropriate products to satisfy specific customer needs. Go Natural 24/7 provides the best products for customers that desire a natural hair style as well as related beauty products.
Del City has the widely used Ray Trent Park, which provides a family-friendly area to play with children or exercise
and is free for regular recreational use. Ray Trent Park has a large play area for children equipped with climbing amenities, teeter totters and swings. Wiggly Field, located inside this park, provides a dog-friendly
area for guests and their four-legged friends.
Ray Trent Park and Wiggly Field prevail as the largest park in the Del City area. This park also has a pavilion available for picnics and special events. However, a rental fee must be paid to use the pavilion. Annual events include the Christmas Decorating Contest and the citywide Eagle Pride Contest.
Another outdoor recreational area in this neighborhood includes the Del City Ball Park. This recreational area provides youth sports-related activities and programs.