Dolores Restaurant Collection Photos

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  1. Vincent Ralph Stephens, Jr

    I very much enjoyed visiting your site and seeing pictures of my family and the restaurants as I remember them as a child. My father, Vincent Stephens, owned the Split T Charcoal Broiler at 56th and Northwestern in OKC, Ralph and Amanda are my grandparents and Delores of course was my aunt. In one of your pictures you have labeled Ralph and Amanda but it is my uncle Bob Stephens, not Ralph standing with my grandmother Amanda. The dessert that has been mentioned I believe was the Black Bottom Pie that my grandmother made and it was wonderful!

    • Vincent: Enjoyed the Beverly Hills Drive-in back in the mid 1950″s. Been trying to find recipe for Jumbo Jim Z Sauce for years. Do
      you or your family have any old
      recipes? Thanks. A. Blaser

    • Mr. Stephens,
      I have been trying to locate you to ask a favor pertaining to the Split T restaurant & this is the closest I’ve come to finding you. I’ve become overcome with nostalgia and want to ask a favor of you .. If you get this, would you contact me at either my Facebook page or my email address? Thank you!
      Dana Kraker (On Facebook I have a purple flower instead of a photo.
      My email address is:

  2. Steve Lackmeyer

    Mr. Stephens, we are thrilled to have you visiting our site, and further, we want to make sure our collections are as accurate as possible! Please contact me at so that we can visit about the photos, make sure that everything is correct.
    – Steve Lackmeyer, president, Retro Metro OKC.

  3. Steve, has the correction been made that Vincent mentions in his comment? (Or was that photo removed?). Thanks.

  4. I’m curious about the photo showing the “Dolores car stalls”. Notice the photographer was the “Burgert Bros.” of Tampa. They took 4 or 5 photos of the two Goody Goody’s in Tampa, one that Stephens opened at 1603 Grand Central in 1925 (which moved to 1629 Grand Central shortly thereafter) and one opened by Wm Stayer, who bought the GG from Stephens, opening one at 1119 N. Fla Ave. (There was another one Stephens opened in Tampa in 1929 which lasted only a year and no known photos exist. It was at 5201 N. Fla. Ave.) It doesn’t seem likely to me that the Burgert Brothers travelled to Oklahoma City to photograph the Dolores Car stalls. I could be wrong, but this looks like it could have been the stalls of the 1603 Grand Central location in Tampa. Notice what appears to be Palmetto leaves hanging from the top of the photo. Are there any photos by the Burgerts that actually show a view of the Dolores restaurant? Thanks.

    • Upon further inspection of the building in the background of the car stalls photo by the Burgert Bros, this is the 1629 Grand Central Ave., Tampa Goody Goody.

  5. Kris Peterson

    I remember the Dolores restaurant in Oklahoma City quite well. Our family dined there often as I was growing up. It was just a few blocks away from my parent’s office. I loved their hamburgers with Kum-Bac sauce, and I believe it was customary for the hamburger to be wrapped in a sort of white tissue paper held closed with a toothpick (does anyone else remember that?). Of course I always had to have an order of Su-Z-Q potatoes. The special dessert with cake, ice cream and hot fudge sauce was great! The food was always wonderful and the service was excellent. We were frequent customers there in the 1960’s. There is a great postcard showing the outside of the restaurant as it looked then, with an oil derrick behind the parking area.
    I really miss Dolores restaurant!

  6. Steve, thank you for your efforts to preserve the history of the Dolores Restaurant and the Stephens legacy. Using some of your writings and photos, I’ve compiled a detailed history of the Stephens family and their restaurants, including the Goody Goody, on my website at

  7. Thanks a lot for providing individuals with an extremely special opportunity to read from this web site. It is usually very amazing and as well , full of a lot of fun for me and my office colleagues to visit your blog at the very least 3 times in 7 days to see the new things you have got. Not to mention, we’re certainly astounded considering the terrific opinions served by you. Certain two areas in this article are honestly the finest we have had.

  8. To Vincent Ralph Stephens Jr,
    I have just read all about Dolores Drive in Restaurant and was about to cry. I worked as a dish washer in that restaurant in Wilshire Boulevard in 1970. Your uncle Bob was my boss. I regreat he died on May 7, 2003. He wanted me to stay in L.A. to continue working, but I was a school teacher here, in Mérida, Yucatán (México). You know I got a permission from my teaching job and I had to return to work here in my city home. God bless all of them and you. I am a retired teacher now. My name is Augustus Sosa. Bob always was very nice with me, maybe because his father’s second name was Augustus.

  9. I was a waitress at Dolores for about a year in 1972. I loved the pig sandwich and wish I knew how to make it! My dessert favorite was the white Boston Cream Pie. It was amazing. I also loved the oil based Roquefort dressing. The blue cheese, roquefort, was put through their ricer.

    Vince, if you’re still looking, Split T is a legend for me and my sister. I don’t think it was my imagination that that was the best chiliburger in the whole world. I have visited other places in OKC who claim to be linked to it and am not finished trying to find that burger yet! I’ve not lived in OKC for 40 years, but that’s what brought me back last time I visited.

  10. I wish to give you thanks for posting this post

  11. Mr. Stephens, I was wondering whether you could give us the recipe for the JJ Hamburger and the Z-Sauce. Thanks so much for your consideration.

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