By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Restaurants | Issue: October 2010
Home cooked comfort meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner – are served every day by the friendly staff of Cafe USA. (L to R): Sam, Lisa, Leeann, Shell and Linda.
You get the feeling everybody knows your name at Café USA. Customers are like family at this popular Sapulpa restaurant. Just one visit and it’s obvious why it’s a gathering place for the locals, from those who are solo to large groups. “Our goal is to serve good food made from the freshest ingredients at a fair price,” says owner Sam Jabr, who has been at 725 S. Mission St. for seven years.
Those who prefer to start their day with a good home-cooked breakfast can choose from a variety of eggs, omelets and breakfast specials that include pork chops, breakfast burritos, sirloin steak, buttermilk pancakes, waffles, and French toast, just to name a few.
Some people are then off to work, while others relax and share pleasant conversation among other diners. There’s an inquiry about one’s back problems. “Has your son found work yet?” asks another. A “good to see you back” is exclaimed to a regular who was recently hospitalized.
Day manager Linda “Maw” George greets everyone with a smile and warm welcome. You get the feeling of a simpler time that’s reflected in the 1950s décor in red, white and blue. Maw straightens the chairs at the tables, then checks the booths and bar stools at the stainless steel counter to make sure everything is spotless and ready for the lunch crowd that might include a tour bus of visitors along Route 66 or residents from a retirement community.
Gourmet burgers made from lean, USDA 100 percent ground chuck, soups and salads, specials such as garlic chicken carbonara and broccoli alfredo, and a large variety of sandwich plates are just some of the choices that diners will have.
Dinner brings plates with hand-cut, aged and certified premium USDA choice steaks, fried shrimp, catfish, grilled salmon and tilapia. What’s most popular? Chicken fried steak, according to Maw, smothered with gravy. And then there is dessert. A large selection of pies, chocolate or coconut cake, and cobblers with ice cream tempt the taste buds every day. But everyone’s favorite is the Café USA brownie fudge sundae with homemade brownies. Good enough to put any diet on hold!
Every Sunday celebrates family togetherness in holiday tradition with homemade turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. “We’re a family restaurant,” says Maw. “We want everyone to enjoy eating here. And we do our best to meet everyone’s needs.” This includes special menus for kids and seniors, easy access for wheelchairs and walkers, a separate section for smokers, and recipe adjustments for those with special dietary needs, such as diabetics. “If we can help them, we will,” she adds.
A game room, party room and banquet room provide privacy for large groups, up to 200 guests. Showers, birthday parties and club meetings, from doll collectors to bikers, as well as business and military meetings, are easily accommodated. Each private room has its own decorative theme and a television with cable access and Wi-Fi.
One young couple even had their wedding ceremony at Café USA. Both the bride and groom loved the look and feel of the 50s ambience. There it was, almost like a movie set, with plenty of good comfort food to add to it.
A satisfying meal in a friendly and unique atmosphere awaits diners at Café USA, 725 S. Mission in Sapulpa, open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.