Ramsey's Steak & Grill Delivery: Family business back after 10-year break
BY SCOTT CHERRY World Restaurant Critic
Thursday, October 04, 2012
3/28/13 at 8:06 AM
Ramsey Sidawi remembers when his Grandpa Joe used to take him to Cedar's Deli for a po' boy sandwich.
"He took me there pretty often," Ramsey Sidawi said.
Ramsey Sidawi and his father, Mechil Sidawi, recently opened Ramsey's Steak & Grill Delivery in the building that housed Cedar's Deli.
Mechil Sidawi previously operated Ramsey's Steak Delivery in several locations from 1990 to 2002.
"I closed it because my father was ill, and I lived overseas for a while," Mechil Sidawi said. He said his son talked him into getting back into the business.
As the name implies, Ramsey's is carryout and delivery (within a five-mile radius) only.
The menu is lengthy and has a lot of variety, including steaks, burgers, seafood, chicken dishes, stuffed potatoes, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts.
"We also cook funnel cakes," Sidawi said. "I think we might be the only place to get fresh funnel cakes."
We ordered the rib-eye steak ($16.99), which automatically came with a baked potato, side salad and garlic Texas toast; and a grilled chicken stuffed potato ($7.49), a side salad ($2.49) and a piece of New York cheesecake ($3.49).
The well-marbled steak was nicely seasoned and cooked to a perfect medium-rare; it was at least 12 ounces, maybe more. The baked potato was tender and topped with butter, sour cream and chives.
The potato was huge, filling a standard-size to-go box. It had a generous amount of grilled chicken strips with butter, sour cream, chives, bacon bits and shredded cheese.
The dinner salads included iceberg lettuce, purple cabbage, grape tomatoes, green peppers, and shredded yellow and white cheeses. A packet of blue cheese dressing was smooth and mild. The packet of ranch dressing we requested was missing.
We were so full that we saved the tasty cheesecake until the next day.
The aforementioned Grandpa Joe was Joseph Jabbour, who owned Joseph's, a Lebanese-style steakhouse that closed in 1997. That's where Mechil Sidawi learned to cook steaks and where he met his wife.
Here is how former Tulsa World restaurant critic Suzanne Holloway once described the Joseph's location at 4848 S. Yale Ave.:
"(It's) as big and glitzy as a Las Vegas hotel. There is more gold here than the government has stored in Fort Knox and enough chandeliers to satisfy Marie Antoinette."
Sidawi said he did a lot of research to find boxes that would keep the food hot for his delivery service and survive the drive home for carryout customers. I had to make a stop on the way home, and our food still was hot after 40 minutes.
The full menu and monthly specials can be found at tulsaworld.com/ramseys
Ramsey's isn't open during lunch hour, but Sidawi said he could cater a lunch order with enough advance notice. Customers may order in person, by phone or online through the website.
RAMSEY’S STEAK & GRILL DELIVERY
2606 S. Sheridan Road
Service: Carryout and delivery only
4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 3-11 p.m.
Saturday, 3-9 p.m. Sunday; accepts all major credit cards.
Original Print Headline: Back in business
Scott Cherry 918-581-8463
The rib-eye steak with baked potato also includes a side salad and garlic toast at Ramsey's Steak & Grill Delivery. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World
Ramsey's also serves fresh funnel cake with a strawberry drizzle. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World