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REVIEW: Scottie's Deli

Alicia Fraire / Red Dirt Report
My delicious turkey sandwich at Scottie's Deli.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – From the moment I stepped into Scottie’s Deli at 427 NW 23rd Street, I felt welcome.

I wish I could say I felt that way in all of the eateries I pop into from time-to-time. Many are certainly welcoming, but when the owner comes by to chat and make you feel at ease – right off the bat – you know you’re in a place you want to visit again and again.

Never having been to Scottie’s before and in the mood for a turkey sandwich (I admit, I’m like the dad Darren McGavin played in A Christmas Story, when it comes to being a “turkey junkie”), I inquired about the turkey sandwich options.

Scottie's Deli is in the Uptown 23rd district in Oklahoma City. (Alicia Fraire / Red Dirt Report)

Initially the server suggested a Pig on the Wing, which has turkey on it – along with chicken, ham and bacon – but then she said you could have a sandwich that was made to order.

A bit pricey at $11 – turkey on rye bread with whole grain mustard, lettuce and onions – but worth it. I also grabbed some chips ($1.50) and a blackberry Izze ($2.00). Not bad, for a mid-afternoon lunch in a homey atmosphere - and right next to the hip and reopened Tower Theatre.

I will note that the other deli sandwiches that caught my eye – the Reuben ($11 for “regular; $18 for New York style) and Ashton’s Meatball (a $10 meatball sandwich that is $16 if you prefer New York style) – will get me back in the door for more, you betcha!

The deli case is chock full o' meats and cheeses. (Alicia Fraire / Red Dirt Report)

And you know, I attribute that friendliness to owner Eric Fossett, the man who was so friendly and welcoming upon my arrival in his establishment here in the happening Uptown 23rd district.

Fossett, who named the deli “Scottie’s” in honor of his grandmother’s proud Scottish heritage, has had “sandwiches” on the brain since he was kid when his grandfather, John, started Big John’s Submarine Sandwiches in northern California in the early 1970’s.

Fossett wanted to keep that tradition and has updated modern styles of sandwich making, including meats that cured, smoked and cooked in-house, under Fossett and head chef TJ Johnson’s watchful eyes.

Scottie's Deli has a roomy interior and unique light fixtures hanging from the ceiling. (Alicia Fraire / Red Dirt Report)

As they note on their mouth-watering website: “Our commitment to fresh food is born of our desire to provide delicious food that you feel good eating.

So, did I feel good while eating my turkey sandwich? Absolutely! 

Scottie's Deli also offers soups, salads, veggie options, desserts and even a slew of local, domestic and imported beers. 

Scottie's Deli
427 NW 23rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone: (405) 604-8940

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