Most of the area's restaurants lie along NE 23rd Street, where diners find everything from local burger joints and fast food chains to international cuisine and healthy foods.
Old Germany Restaurant brought authentic German cuisine to Choctaw, Oklahoma, in 1976 and continues to draw diners throughout Oklahoma City. Waitresses dressed in traditional dirndls welcome customers into the old-fashioned German atmosphere. Diners consistently enjoy classics like pork schnitzel and pfeffersteak, while daily specials, such as stuffed bell peppers, highlight the lighter fare. The restaurant operates Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the on-site Turek's Tavern stays open seven days a week, serving a wide selection of German wines and beers.
The Red Raspberry Tea Room cultivates a quaint teahouse atmosphere perfect for lunchtime conservation. Open for lunch Mondays through Fridays, the teahouse has a small menu of sandwiches, soups, salads and a signature quiche of the day, all served with a scone. After hours, the restaurant opens by reservation only, accommodating groups like Red Hatters, bridal shower parties, and sororities. The restaurant also teaches etiquette classes to children and gives them the chance to practice what they learn at a tea party. The Red Raspberry Tea Room's catering service proves especially popular at local wedding chapels.
The Boomarang Diner serves classic diner food. Founder Charles Degraffenreid chose to focus on perfecting a few diner classics, such as burgers and chicken-fried steaks, by using fresh ingredients and signature seasonings. As a result, the restaurant serves a limited menu, but every dish pleases customers. Friendly service and a small-town diner atmosphere make everyone feel welcome at the Boomerang Diner.
A classic neighborhood bar, Charlie's Sports Bar features free pool and multiple TVs. Tuesday nights draw patrons who want to go onstage for karaoke, and every night of the week brings different drink specials. Serving a full menu, customers always enjoy the sports bar's thin crust pizzas and burgers.
For night time entertainment, visit Kickapoo Casino, which serves as the area's premier entertainment venue. Open 24/7, the casino features classic games like blackjack, poker and bingo as well as electronic games. In the Eagle Rock Lounge, the casino hosts a wide range of events, including live band performances by premier entertainers, karaoke nights and UFC fight nights. Redfork, an onsite restaurant, serves everything from quick snacks to gourmet meals.
The Midwest Air Depot, later renamed Tinker Air Force Base, opened in 1948 near Del City. The air force base operates as a supply and maintenance depot, and the surrounding Midwest City-Del City area maintains strong ties to the base.
On May 3, 1999, during Oklahoma’s most prolific tornado outbreak in recorded history, an F5 tornado hit Midwest City, Del City and Tinker AFB, causing over $1 billion in damages. Economic decline followed, but the area continued to attract new businesses, including big box retailers and an expanded Mayco Industries factory, promising economic revitalization.
The Atkins Heritage Center, former home of Midwest City founder W.P. Atkins, is preserved as a historic early 10th century home. The center offers free tours of the home by appointment.
Residents travel to downtown Oklahoma City to enjoy annual events such as Festival of the Arts and the Norman Music Festival, which take place in April. The Oklahoma State Fair comes to town each September and draws thousands of visitors to the area.
A sprawling area with a non-centralized population, limited sidewalks and no bike lanes, Outer Midwest City-Del City proves impossible to navigate on foot or bicycle. Residents need a car to travel around the neighborhood, and parking is ample and free throughout all residential and commercial areas. US-62 leads to downtown Oklahoma City and links to I-35 and I-40.
Monday through Friday, local bus service EMBARK operates one route to Outer Midwest City-Del City into downtown Oklahoma City. No bus routes operate on the weekend. Taxi services, as well as Uber and Lyft, pick up passengers in the area.
The cost of living in Outer Midwest City-Del City runs four percent lower than the Oklahoma City average, with housing costs being the largest contributing factor. An average one-bedroom
apartment in Outer Midwest City-Del City rents for $450 per month.
Riding the bus into downtown Oklahoma City costs $1.75 for a single fare. Commuters can also purchase an unlimited daily pass for $4, a weekly pass for $14 or a monthly pass for $50. Seniors, children and people with disabilities can purchase any single fare ticket or pass for half price. Commuters traveling by car find gas prices run 14 percent lower than the national average.
Local taverns routinely run happy hour specials selling beer for $2 to $3.
Most of the Outer Midwest City-Del City area’s shopping centers lie along NE 23rd Street. The neighborhood features national chain retailers as well as local boutiques and service providers.
Our Villa Dolls provides a unique spot for crafting, selling everything necessary to handcraft dolls. The shop hosts seminars on a variety of topics, including basic doll painting and costuming to automation. Our Villa Dolls also hosts an annual doll expo, a fun event that allows locals to meet other doll makers from around the world.
The Flower Emporium crafts arrangements for any occasion. Creating floral displays and custom gift baskets, the Floral Emporium works with customers to make the perfect display for any budget. The florist participates in a national florist network, allowing customers to confidently place orders for delivery around the country.
Crest Foods, Buy For Less and Williams Foods serve as the neighborhood’s primary supermarkets, while Braum’s Ice Cream & Dairy Store sells local dairy products. The Jones Farmers Market, open Thursday afternoons and the first Sunday of every month, sells local produce. The Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market sells local produce and grassfed beef. Operating out of a bus called The Farminator, the market travels to different locations throughout Oklahoma City, Enid, and Stillwater areas each day.
Optimist Park has standard park amenities, such as playgrounds and picnic shelters. Regional Park also includes these amenities and houses
one of the area’s few public swimming pools and splash pads. Dogs can play off-leash in one of Regional Park’s expansive fields.
The Choctaw Creek Park features disc golf amenities, playgrounds, a fishing pond and both walking and horse trails through a wooded area. As Choctaw’s largest park, it also hosts many festivals throughout the year, including the nine-day Oktoberfest, an event with two stages, live bands, a kids’ area and food provided by Old Germany Restaurant. Admission to the festival costs $5 per person.