Ah City Bites! I finally am reviewing you. I don’t know why it has taken me so long, being that you are my favorite sandwich shop. When I lived in Florida and came to Oklahoma to visit I would have to always make it to a City Bites at least once. Between the funky decor, the one way mirrors in the bathrooms, and the more than just a salad veggie sandwich it is a place I have enjoyed over the years.
I decided to visit the Norman location to get a quick bite to eat whilst running errands. I ordered my usual veggie no ranch or pickles on sun dried tomato bread, and since it was lunch and I was eating later I only got the six inch. I also got a medium iced tea as well. The staff at the Norman store has always been friendly and patient with me. I have never had a problem with them. I will say however that a few days after visiting the Norman store I decided to get some iced tea with lemon at the South Walker store through the drive thru and when I got to the window the cashier said my order as sweet tea with lemon, and I told her it was supposed to be iced tea with lemon, she looked at me and handed me my drink and it did turn out to be sweet tea. I was upset and could only drink a couple of swallows of it although I was thirsty. I couldn’t go back because I was late for work, so I wasted the $2+ for something that could have been easily corrected by that cashier that just didn’t care.
I got my tea, found a table to sit at and waited for them to call my name. After a few minutes it was ready and I got my sandwich, sat down and starting eating it. The sandwich had layers of lettuce, diced red onions, tomatoes, black olives, sprouts, and crushed cherry peppers marinated in oils and spices (it also normally comes with the above mentioned pickles and ranch). The cherry pepper blend is what makes this sandwich so good to me. I love it. The bread is really good as well. It is soft on the inside and crusty/crunchy on the outside. It has a nice flavor and texture. I just wish that the sundried tomatoes sung a little louder in the bread. The ingredients all compliment each other very nicely, my complaint is that they were very heavy handed on the red onions, most places are though. I guess most people don’t realise how potent they can be. This sandwich was no different than the quality I have had in the past couple of years of being back in Oklahoma. They are consistently consistent. I don’t think I have ever had a bad sandwich from them and I don’t think I have ever had an issue of them making it wrong. Something that unfortunately happens constantly at other restaurants that I frequent for food that is a lot less complex to make.
The six inch seemed to be a bit small for me, I should have gotten the twelve instead. The sandwich could have used a bit more lettuce in it I think. I don’t know if it is just fond memories of the place, but I know I remember them being fuller in the past. I also think that they are a bit more pricy than before as well. I usually eat at the big chain named for a mass transportation system because I can get a twelve inch for ~$5 where as here it is almost $8 for the 12 and the six costs around the same as the twelve at the other place, and for that anymore I think of City Bites as a treat as opposed to a place to frequent for lunch.
All the locations I have been to have pretty much the same eclectic theme but they are also all different in their own way. Some have a moving wrecking ball, some have Audrey II, There is a Rhino in others and not all of them have the one way mirrors. There are a few of them that have full length mirrors, and sometimes that can be a bit intimidating.
Although the quantity in their sandwiches has lowered a bit from what I remember and their prices are a bit high, the quality hasn’t changed. The sandwich I get they haven’t removed any ingredients to save cost, they are all there the way I remember it. This is still a good place to go in the OKC area when you have a few extra bucks and the national chains are getting old. Just be sure that your order is right when you go through the drive through especially at the South Walker location.