Saturn Grill in Oklahoma City is a wonderful find. Locally owned, scratch-made food, and a wide selection of menu items are just a few of the reasons you must check it out!
NOTE: I originally reviewed Saturn Grill in 2013. This is a new review from a recent visit.
Stillwater has grown exponentially in the 11 years I’ve lived here. However, we still don’t have a Target or Sam’s Club. I heard rumors since my initial job interview that we were “next on the list” for a Target, but obviously that hasn’t happened. So I go to Oklahoma City every few weeks, to hit those and any other stores on my list of errands.
I also plan every trip to OKC or Tulsa around lunch, to generate more content for the blog. I went to OKC last week, but I didn’t plan a lunch location because I wasn’t sure where I would be when I got hungry. And then when I got hungry, I couldn’t make a decision on what I wanted. Not a good move on my part. After lots of indecision and searching, I finally decided on Saturn Grill.
I first visited Saturn Grill with my parents, when it was located in North OKC. We loved it, but it was 2 years before I tried to go back…on a Sunday…and they don’t open on Sundays. That location closed about 2 years ago, and the new location is in Nicholls Hills, in a strip mall/business shopping center. There are quite a few businesses in the area, including the sprawling Chesapeake Energy campus blocks away, so Saturn Grill is always crowded.
Saturn Grill is open Monday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. It is a fast-casual concept, as you order at the counter and a server delivers your food. The space is very cozy, with seating for about 50 as you enter, then order counter, and then an open kitchen at the back. When I arrived there were only a few other guests there, but guests streamed in throughout my visit. I love the eclectic look of the space; exposed brick walls, orange half booths along the walls, and retro lighting.
Saturn Grill offers sit-down service, to-go orders, and call-ahead orders. The Saturn Grill Menu is large, which doesn’t bode well for me. The menu board above the order counter is a little overwhelming for someone like me who doesn’t know what they want. If they did have hand-held menus, I didn’t notice them. The menu includes sandwiches, pizza, pasta, salads, soups & combos, a kids’ menu, and several vegetarian options. They also have a selection of beer and wine, plus homemade desserts.
No surprise, I couldn’t decide what to order. Thankfully nobody was in line behind me, so I could ask the cashier questions. I couldn’t decide between spicy steak, spicy turkey or roasted veggie sandwich. The cashier told me the spicy turkey is their #1 seller, but all are delicious. She also said I could do half and half, so I got half spicy turkey and half roasted veggie. I also got a side order of falafel, because I had it last time and it was fabulous
I didn’t think it could get better, but I’m pretty sure it did. Look at the beautiful texture! When I make my own falafel I grind it up very fine, but I really like this version. The spices add a very nice kick that warms the back of your mouth without being overwhelming. The falafel comes with a spicy red pepper dipping sauce. I tried some with the sauce, some without. The sauce is delicious, but I prefer the falafel plain, so you can really taste all of the spices and flavors.
All sandwiches come with a side, your choice of cucumber-tomato salad, potato salad, fresh fruit or chips. I tried the potato salad on my first visit, and wasn’t a big fan of the vinegar base. I briefly considered trying it again, but decided on the cucumber-tomato salad instead
The salad is light, cold and delicious, with a very nice vinaigrette dressing. I’m glad I got this salad, but next time I need to give the potato salad another chance.
Look at those big chunks of vegetables! I was a little concerned that the roasted zucchini might be mushy, but it was not. All of the veggies are a perfect tender-crisp, and the creamy pesto and mayo add a wonderful subtle spice.
Oh my goodness. I 100% understand why this is their top selling sandwich. I mean yeah, in reality it’s “just” a turkey sandwich. But the golden onions, crispy bacon, cheese and generous portion of turkey combine to make it an over-the-top sandwich. The red chile mayo has a kick, but it isn’t overwhelming. I know the goal of my blog is to try different things each time I visit a restaurant, but it’s going to be very hard to top the spicy turkey.
Saturn Grill prepares all flatbread to order, when you place your order. There’s nothing quite like warm, fresh bread. This flatbread is pillowy soft, with a light cornmeal dusting. I literally could just eat the bread by itself. The portions are very generous, so if you’re not super hungry be prepared to take a to-go box. The great thing is, they have self-serve to-go containers at the condiment and beverage station.
Next time my parents come to town, we are absolutely going back to Saturn Grill. As a matter of fact, I’ll go back with any one of my friends, at any time.
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