Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City

Penn Square Mall on Northwest Expressway
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It is certainly true that Bricktown is a top spot for entertainment and restaurants in Oklahoma City. In addition, there are several popular malls including Quail Springs even further north near Edmond. Still, the district along Northwest Expressway remains one of the most popular in the city for shopping, entertainment and dining out. It stretches a significant area that includes the Penn Square region and moves west all the way beyond Lake Hefner.

On the east side where Northwest Expressway connects with I-44 are Penn Square Mall, arguably the most elegant of malls in OKC, and 50 Penn Place, one of the premiere shopping centers. Restaurants stretch the length of the thoroughfare. Overall, the area is primarily commercial, but there's still a population of residents, estimated around 30,000, living in homes and apartment buildings along and near the expressway. 

Also located in Northwest Oklahoma City are numerous shopping centers and big-box retailers, Integris-Baptist Hospital, Deaconeess Hospital and the unique Founders Tower building. On the far northwest end, you'll find multiple car dealerships as well.

Location

The Northwest Expressway commercial district begins around NW 50th St. and runs northwest, intersecting with Lake Hefner Parkway, traveling diagonally through the suburb of Warr Acres and continuing to beyond Council Road. Often congested and not particularly favorable to pedestrians, the six-lane Northwest Expressway is designated Oklahoma State Highway 3. 

Demographics

The bulk of the houses just north or south of Northwest Expressway in this neighborhood were built between 1950-1970, and the median household income is around $32,000 per year with home values primarily in the $60,000 to $100,000 range. The area north of the expressway tends to be more affluent.

Zip Codes

73112 (South of the expressway) - 73116 (North of the expressway)

Area Attractions

The shopping gets all the attention when discussing the area, and for good reason, but along or very near Oklahoma City's Northwest Expressway, you can also find some other great entertainment and recreation options. Here are some of the best:

Northwest Expressway Restaurants

And if you want to dine out, there aren't many areas in the metro with a higher concentration of restaurants, from fast food to fast casual and dine in. Though there are a couple of Oklahoma favorites such as Belle Isle Brewery and Hideaway Pizza, you'll primary find chain restaurants. The stretch includes:

  • Applebee's
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Chili's
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • Golden Corral
  • Joe's Crab Shack
  • Olive Garden
  • Panera Bread
  • TGI Friday's

Nearby Hotels

Though the best and most popular Oklahoma City hotels are located in the downtown area, there are several quality ones along Northwest Expressway:

  • Fairfield Inn & Suites
    • 5700 NW Expressway
  • Tower Hotel
    • 3233 NW Expressway
  • Residence Inn
    • 3151 NW Expressway
  • Hampton Inn
    • 3022 NW Expressway