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Retro-chic diner opens on Oklahoma Boulevard

 

November 10, 2019

Kathleen Lourde

LEFT: 818 Diner owner Terri Parsons – and the other owner/operators who are not in the photo: Don, Max and Joe Parsons – combine retro chic and timeless Americana favorites with modern day tastes and expectations, creating a comfortable but somehow unique casual dining experience. RIGHT: Shelly Bouziden enjoys some chicken-fried steak at 818 Diner, and says it's among the best she's ever had. "The mashed potatoes are homemade," she said. "The gravy may be a mix, but it's not frozen. The meat itself tasted fresh, not frozen, Bouziden said, adding that it had been well-tenderized and that the breading hadn't been "gobbed" on, but was "just right."

As you drive down Oklahoma Boulevard, you might easily overlook the unassuming exterior of 818 Oklahoma Blvd. You'll probably notice the large sign out front, though, and when you do, remind yourself to go there soon and see what's inside.

Walk through the front door, and chances are you'll find yourself smiling, relaxing, and anticipating one of America's great gastronomic inventions: the diner, replete with old photographs, vintage Coke signs, and even display cases of gimme caps from what looks like most of the businesses in the area.

To the right is a smaller dining area that co-owner T...



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