West 10th – Oklahoma City, OK

West 10th, a part of greater Central Oklahoma City, lies on the edge of the city's renaissance movement. An active neighborhood organization sponsors events and encourages communal involvement on area issues pertaining to safety and commercial development. With downtown just 11 miles southeast of the neighborhood, the city's growth provides an increasing list of amenities to West 10th locals, without luring them away from the comforts of their own neighborhood.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Though West 10th features few of its own local dining haunts, a slew of ethnic cafes and kitchens surround the neighborhood. These reflect the diversity of Midtown and Central Oklahoma City. Here you find everything from Middle Eastern to Vietnamese and Creole with a heavy emphasis on Central American and Mexican cafes. Taqueria La Original graces West 10th with what locals argue are the best tortas in town. Dine in at this clean and casual restaurant or ask for take-out. Don’t worry if you're not up on your Spanish — English speakers feel welcome and know the magic words “salsa verde” should accompany every order. At Chuck House Restaurant, folks order food from a phone on the table. The greasy-spoon-style diner, a converted fast food place, claims to have the best chicken fried steak in the universe. Get your steak in meal form, and choose your side of potato and vegetable. Locals stick to the fried okra. West 10th may appear to have more bars than restaurants, but residents soon learn which sell beer and which promote adult entertainment. That said, drop below the neighborhood to West Reno Avenue for a more clean-cut nightlife scene. Tailgate Grill organizes dart tournaments and Oklahoma State University game day specials. At Hawaiian Don’s dive bar, pay cheap prices for Don’s famous fishbowl-sized cocktails. For karaoke, DJs and dancing, swing by Ruthie’s Last Call.

History & Culture

While Oklahoma City was officially founded in 1889, its population continued to swell well into the 1900s. West 10th and the surrounding neighborhoods grew with the 1920s discovery of oil, only to shrink in later decades as residential trends turned toward suburbanization. At B & B Theatres, northeast of the neighborhood, film goers enjoy modern and vintage releases in a historic building. Catch an old classic on Retro Night, or save money on a ticket by attending cheap matinees on Fridays. A second architectural gem, Castle Falls, brings Europe to Oklahoma City. The structure was built by in 1945 and earns its title as one of the most romantic spots in the city. Savor its European influenced meals on the weekends, or make reservations for holiday and travel-themed dining events.

Transportation

The distance between commercial centers and the industrial atmosphere in some parts of the neighborhood gives residents reason to drive around West 10th. Downtown is just a 16 minute journey east on Interstate-40, and surrounding roadways such as 10th Street remain easy to navigate. However, limited parking spaces at strip malls and restaurants can cause headaches during busy periods of the day. To avoid the hassle of a private vehicle, call Independent Cab Company, which has a reputation for arriving early, or catch a lift with two ride sharing services that operate around the city: Lyft and Uber. Both services use mobile applications to locate drivers in your immediate area. Oklahoma City’s public transportation system, Embark, runs one bus route through the neighborhood. Route 038, the 10th Street Crosstown, follows Northwest 10th Street between Oklahoma State University — Oklahoma City, the Outlet Shoppes Mall and downtown’s transit center. Buses depart every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday. Riding this route to city center takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes. Biking remains an option for confident cyclists. The neighborhood’s residential streets prove no problem to travel around — on bike or by foot - and recognized bike lanes line Northwest 10th Street between Morgan Road and downtown OKC.

Cost

The cost of living in West 10th Street is nearly half that of the citywide average. Goods, services and housing prices decrease comparatively, with average monthly rental rates at least $600 to $800 less than elsewhere in Oklahoma City. For this reason, expect to pay about $451 for a one-bedroom rental unit. A single fare bus ticket from the neighborhood costs $1.75. When you fill up your gas tank, fuel prices run approximately 13 percent less than the national average. A dinner for one starts around $11 — add an extra $2.5 to $4 if you want a pint of beer as well.

Shopping

The Outlet Shoppes on West Reno Avenue add some much needed high-end fashion retail to a district that primarily houses thrift stores, automotive garages and used car and boat lots. Besides a branch of Dollar General, West 10th's few remaining stores don't try to compete with modern goods and offer consignment items instead. Kennedy's Auction House operates as both shop and auction house for used and antique goods. Buy, sell or trade your used furniture, homewares and decorations here. The family-run business also recycles bigger items such as bicycles, motorcycles and boats. North of the neighborhood, a second consignment store competes for residents' dollars. At Community Thrift Store, discover a surprising mix of designer and mainstream labels mixed in with family cast-offs. Inconsistent pricing forces customers to be patient and dig around, though this usually ends with a bargain. Community also carries books and media as well as a limited selection of electronics and furniture. Sale items leave the shop quickly, so bargain hunters should be prepared to buy on sight. For general shopping needs, residents visit ALDI and the Walmart Supercenter, both located outside of the neighborhood. Several independent and ethnic grocery stores line Northwest 23rd Street. Tropical Hut stocks a collection of African, Asian and Caribbean products and cooking implements. The nearest farmer's market lies 5 minutes east. Organized by Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market runs Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spices, condiments, flowers and hot foods join typical produce and meat products along with organic fruit and vegetables.

Parks

The only park inside the West 10th neighborhood, Rockwell Park, provides a simple green space with a handful of leafy trees. For city public spaces with maintained sporting amenities, residents head north to Lela Park or southwest to Melrose Park. Lela Park contains tennis courts and baseball fields as well as picnic tables for folks who prefer to relax instead of play games. A short walking path winds through the park, and dogs are welcome on both grass and asphalt but must remain on-leash at all times. Avid athletes enjoy recreational club sports at Melrose Park’s recreational center. The park is one of 17 in the city to incorporate a sprayground into its design. Combining playground equipment with interactive water installments, this mini waterpark features tilting water buckets and water cannons. The sprayground is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Passionate cyclists trade West 10th's sidewalks for the 3.2 mile long multipurpose trail that follows Lake Overholser’s eastern side. Continue all the way around the lake, or join up with Hefner-Overholser Trail for a longer ride up to Lake Hefner in Northwest Oklahoma City.
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