Restaurant Guide–Oklahoma

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  • Date indicates the most recent update of the restaurants listed
  • Bold indicates my recommendations; others come from what I consider to be good sources (see bottom of page for further explanation)


Oscar Chinese–618 N. Mississippi Ave. (Chinese) Open daily except Sun evening.  Americanized Chinese food, but with a good flavor and all from the menu (there is no buffet here). (1-22-16)

Pigskin’s BBQ–1510 Hoppe Blve. (BBQ) Open daily except Sun evening.  Good BBQ.  Pulled pork, chicken, brisket, ribs are good (reviewers do not say much about the sides).  Most people seem to like the sandwiches a lot (this is usually not the case with BBQ restaurants). (1-22-16)


Fortune Cookie–119 S. Hudson St. (Thai) Closed Sat & Sun.  Has Americanized Chinese food, but the specialty is Thai food (and reviewers say it is good). (5-21-17)

Taqueria Hernandez–101 N. Hudson St. (Mexican) Closed Sun night & Mon.  The only authentic (not Tex-Mex) Mexican restaurant in town. Served street food style dishes. (5-21-17)


Ken’s Steakhouse–408 E. Main St. (Steaks) Open Thu-Sat (dinner only)
Steaks are excellent, and some people like the rib appetizer even better. (5-21-17)


Cafe Alley–126 A St. NE (American) Lunch Tue-Fri; Dinner Tue-Sat.  Try the upscale items–salmon, steak, Santa Fe chicken.  Some say the chicken fried steak is disappointing. (1-19-16)

Pho and More–2014 W. Broadway (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.   Has both Vietnamese and Thai food.  Very positive reviews for the pho and Thai noodle dishes (such as pad thai).  For the curry, though, some like it and some don’t. (1-19-16)


El Rincon–223 S. Comanche Ave. (Mexican).  Authentic Mexican food with street tacos. (10-6-16)

Frank and Lola’s–200 E. 2nd St. (American) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Popular items include green chile hamburger (burger is made with local beef), BLT, tortilla soup, pulled pork, bread pudding. (10-6-16)

Judes Health & Java House–2503 SE Washington Blvd. (Health Food) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun).  Serves sandwiches, salad, juice, smoothies, muffins, scones.  Reviewers recommend the daily specials: fish tacos (Tue), beef bowl (Thu), Swedish pancakes (Sat. morning). (10-6-16)

Szechuan–516 SE Washington Blvd. (Chinese).  Serves American style Chinese food that people say is the best in town.  When possible, though, they will take special requests to give you something more authentic, or just something you would like to have (if they have the ingredients to make it). (10-6-16)

Broken Bow

Abendigo’s–US 259 & Stevens Gap Rd. near entrance to Hochatown State Park (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun).  This is one of the few choices available for non-fried food–a lot of it is Italian style. (3-16-17)

Hochatown BBQ–US 259 near Beaver’s Bend Entrance (BBQ) Lunch Tue-Sun; dinner Thu-Sat.  Good brisket, ribs, turkey, and catfish. (1-6-16)


June’s–123 S. Broadway St. (American) Closed Sun.  Very popular diner with chicken fried steak and similar items (mostly fried).  Reviewers emphasize that it is very clean. (1-21-16)

Okie Backwoods–1122 W. Gentry (BBQ) (1-21-16)


Crazy 8 Cafe–415 W. Chickasha Ave. (American) Lunch only (open Mon-Fri).  This is the place to come if you want healthy food (roast beef as opposed to hamburgers, chicken salad as opposed to fried chicken, etc.). (5-21-17)

Jake’s Rib–100 Ponderosa Dr. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Mixed reviews, but my readers say it is worth a stop. Reviews indicate that ribs are the best item. (5-21-17)

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen–305 W. Chickasha Ave. (Mexican) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun).  Authentic Mexican food (not Tex-Mex). (5-21-17)


Dutch Pantry–10 W. Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  Buffet style–home cooking (Amish style food). (3-16-17)

Note: Oklahoma Today also recommends Amish Cheese House at 101 S. Chouteau Ave. which serves sandwiches and also sells Amish food items such as jams and fudge. (3-16-17)


Jiggs Smoke House–Interstate 40 Exit 62 (BBQ) Tue-Fri (11am to 7pm);  Sat (11am to 5pm).  Known for its jerky, but other BBQ has mixed reviews. Located west of Clinton on I-40 (north side of the road). (5-21-17)

Pho Bamboo–2249 W. Gary Blvd. (Vietnamese) Closed Sun.  Good reviews from locals as well as those from the west coast and other places where they know good Vietnamese food. (5-21-17)

White Dog Hill–4101 NE Service Rd. (American).  Steaks, hamburger, chicken, pork chops, hamburger. Chicken with mushroom stroganoff looks interesting, but I haven’t seen any reviews for it. Reviewers say they liked the food, the setting, and the experience. Located at the Custer City exit east of Clinton on I-40. Some say it is hard to find at night. Some say you need to make reservations. (5-21-17)

Wong’s–712 Opal Ave. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  Lo mein, egg rolls are good. Green beans are recommended (this is normally only found on authentic Chinese menus, and may be the same here). Has a buffet, but if you know what you want it’s best to order from the menu. (5-21-17)


Lil’ Cafe–209 S. Mickey Mantle Blvd. (American) Closed Sun & Mon.  Has great reviews. Specializes in prime rib, but people also recommend the barbecued rib & chicken fried steak. (10-6-16)


Naifeh’s Deli–600 E. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open until 8:30 pm (Closed Sun).  Sandwich shop with some Lebanese sandwiches and salads. (1-5-16)


Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ–3165 Jollyville Rd. (BBQ) Closed Wed & Sun (closes at 7 pm on weekdays).  Pulled pork is said by many to be the best item, but ribs and brisket are the best sellers here. (Note: take exit 51 from I-35–go north on US 77 about a half mile). (3-16-17)


Kyoto–1209 N. US 81 (Japanese).  Reviewers say the food is good (even by OKC standards). Has sushi, a few other Japanese dishes, and Chinese food. (Good reviews are mostly for the sushi). (5-21-17)


Roma–121 W. Main St. (Italian) Closed Mon.  This looks like very gourmet and very European style Italian food. (6-2-18)

Elk City

Country Dove–610 W. 3rd St. (American).  Tea room type of restaurant with soup, sandwiches, quiche, etc.  Reviewers really like the food, though, even though portions are described as small (this is a good place for lunch). (3-12-16)

G’s Garden–2811 W. 3rd St. (Chinese) Closed Sun & Mon.  I don’t really think the food here will be anything special, but it gets good reviews and at least I know there is something in Elk City besides American food. (3-12-16)

Prairie Fire–422 S. Main St. (American) Lunch Mon-Fri; Dinner Mon-Sat (closed from 2pm to 5pm).  Range of food from steaks to salmon, fresh salads, and a cheese plate. (3-12-16)


Cafe Garcia–324 S. Grand Ave. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun. evening.  Mostly Tex-Mex, but has some authentic dishes (mainly tacos). (1-5-16)

Grand Avenue Cafe–423 N. Grand Ave. (American).  Diner style food with good reviews.  Now open in the evenings. (1-24-16)

Mango Tree–1732 S. Van Buren St. (Thai).  Serves Thai food and Vietnamese pho, but owners are Cambodian and I think the best bet here would be Cambodian food (if you can get it).  Has good ratings for the curry. (1-5-16)

Octavio’s Taqueria–226 W. Broadway Ave. (Mexican) Closed Mon & Sun dinner (closes at 7 pm other days).  Authentic and very good food.  Specializes in Mexican style tacos.  So authentic that it doesn’t give chips or queso (just good food). (1-5-16)

Sula–1407 S. Van Buren St. (Korean) Closed Sun. (1-5-16)


Pemberton’s–SW corner of Hwy 69 & Texanna Rd. (Steaks).  Everything is cooked fresh.  About 5 mi. north of Eufaula on US 69. (1-21-16)

Stuffed Olive–800 Lakeshore Dr. (American) Open Thu-Sat only (lunch & dinner.  Has burgers with the sauce from the old Split-T in OKC.  Food is eclectic–has steaks, Italian food, and hummus.  Somewhat upscale–has view of the lake. (1-21-16)


Country Cabin Cafe–321 Comanche St. (American).  Had 100% likes on Urbanspoon.  Home cooking style food–chicken fried steaks are good. (1-5-16)


Lazy Parrot–2530 S. Main St. (American) Closed Tue.  Steakhouse, but some say steak is not the best thing to order.  Fish tacos and other fried fish dishes get good reviews. (10-6-16)

Okie Smokies–2230 S. Main St. (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  Like many towns in eastern OK, barbecue is a solid choice.  Burnt ends are very good, and reviewers like just about every type of meat served here equally (so I take it that they are all good).  Fried okra is recommended. (10-6-16)

Raggedy’s–414 E. 3rd St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sun).  The only place in town with vegetarian sandwiches–one of the few places with healthy options.  Reviewers say the food is genuinely good, but hours are limited and the choices don’t go much past sandwiches. (1-21-16)


Fin and Feather Resort–Hwy 10 A (American) Dinner Wed-Sat; breakfast Sat; brunch Sun.  I don’t have an address but I assume it is at Lake Tenkiller.  Buffet only (dinner buffet is $13.95).  Reviews say the food is excellent, such as the Thanksgiving day dinner. (1-24-16)


Galleon–118 NW 6th St. (Steaks) Dinner only (closed Sun).  The restaurant has more than steaks, including some Filipino items (such as adobo and pork belly). Also has some Spanish/ Latin American items (empenadas, tamales, salsa sampler, etc.). (3-16-17)

Naifeh’s Steak House–704 NE 12th St. (Steaks) Open Tue-Sat 11 am to 8:30 pm.  This is a genuine Oklahoma style Lebanese steak house, with steak entrees and Middle Eastern appetizers. Katrina’s salad is recommended (not on menu but frequently available as a special). (3-16-17)


La Magia del Trigo–106 W. 1st (Mexican).  Authentic food.  People like the tortas and flan. (1-24-16)

Southern Belle–821 US 59 N. (American) Closed Sun evening & Wed.  Southern cooking.  Southern Belle chicken is the restaurant’s specialty. (1-24-16)


Classic Diner–105 E. Main St. (American) Breakfast to dinner Mon-Fri; breakfast and lunch on Sat.  Reviewers say the fact the green beans are cooked with bacon is a good sign for this place. Chicken fried steak and hamburgers are popular, but the best food seems to be at breakfast (and of course the pies and other desserts). (3-16-17)


Kalico Kitchen–121 E. Main St. (Bakery).  The one place in Holdenville that reviewers say is worth a special trip, but it is not a restaurant.  It sells only baked goods.  People say pies are the “must try” items, and cookies are excellent also. (1-22-16)

Lin Cuisine–423 E. Main St. (Chinese).  Old school American style Chinese food that gets very good reviews (especially the egg rolls and vegetable lo mein. (1-22-16)


Angie’s Circus City Diner–1312 E. Jackson St. (American) Closed Sun.  Good food–chicken fried steak is specialty (also breakfast).  For lunch or dinner, many people order the daily specials (catfish, ham, etc.). (1-19-16)


Isle of Capri–150 SW 7th St. (Italian) Lunch Mon-Thu; dinner Mon-Sat.  Ravioli, Italian sausage, manicotti, chicken piccata, chicken parmesan are good. Daughter owns Gabriella’s in OKC.  This has a larger menu menu than the other restaurants. (1-20-16)

Pete’s Place–120 SW 8th St. (Italian) Open Daily.  $15 per person.  Chicken parmesan, spaghetti, ravioli, meatballs are good. (1-20-16)

Roseanna’s–205 E. Washington (Italian) Closed Sun dinner & Mon.  Spaghetti, tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken parmesan are best here (salad is not good). (1-20-16)

Note: There are different opinions about the places.  One knowledgeable person says Roseanna’s has the best food overall, Giacomo’s (in McAlester) has the best Italian sausage, and Isle of Capri has the best steaks.  Roseanna’s does not serve food family style (meaning all you can eat side dishes), so go to the others if you want “all you can eat.”  Pete’s seems to be a good deal ($15 for all you can eat).  Different sources list different hours, but all four are in close proximity.


The Artichoke–35896 Hwy 82 (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Fine dining ($$$) with recommended dishes such as steak and Santa Fe chicken. Vegetables are grown on site in their garden. (10-6-16)


John & Cook’s BBQ–1310 SW 21st St. (BBQ) Open Mon-Sat 10:30 am to 8 pm.  Reviewers like the barbecue, sides, and pie. Platter gives you a variety of meats (and all are worth trying). Meat is cooked on hickory and pecan wood in a brick pit. Chicken is available on Fri & Sat. (5-21-17)

Lar’s Greek House–810 SW D Ave. (Greek) Closed Sun & Mon.  Has authentic dishes from the owner’s home town in Greece. (5-21-17)

Mutti’s German–1410 SW Sheridan Rd. (German) Closed Sun & Mon.  Good schnitzel & goulasch. Cakes are German style (less sweet than American). Comments say it is less expensive than the OKC German restaurants (and is a very good value). Closes at 8 pm Tue-Thu. (Note: also sells fresh eggs from the farm). (5-21-17)

Polly’s Thai Food–402 SW Sheridan Rd. (Thai) Closed Sun.  Good Thai food. Yellow curry, green curry, red curry, beef salad, pad thai, drunken noodles are recommended. Note: this was formerly also a donut shop but now only serves Thai food. (5-21-17)

Pusan–1424 NW Sheridan Rd. (Korean) Open daily except Sun night.  Most say the bolgogi is good (but some say pork is better than chicken), and restaurant is authentic. Has a buffet at lunch (but most say it is best to order from the menu). (5-21-17)

Sunrise & Shine–1529 NW Cache Rd. (American).  I don’t have the restaurant’s hours, but it is recommended for breakfast by many reviewers. Omelets are made to order (you choose the ingredients). Pancakes and biscuits & gravy are also recommended. Cash only. (5-21-17)

Zaiqa–6512 NW Cache Rd. (Pakistani) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun).  If you have had Indian food this will be very similar, but with more emphasis on meat dishes. Some reviewers say it is not California quality, but good for this part of the country. (5-21-17)


Giuseppe’s–203 W. Main (Italian) Open Thu-Sat only (11 am to 9 pm).  Pasta, lasagna, risotto have the best reviews. Many say the recipes are authentic. Note: pizza has a 40 min. prep time (and those who order it say it is worth the wait). (5-21-17)


Giacomo’s–501 S. George Nigh Expwy. (Italian) Closed Sun & Mon.  One of the “old style” Italian restaurants in the McAlester area (the others are in Krebs just east of McAlester).  Known for their steaks, ravioli, Italian sausage, and fettuccini Alfredo. (1-24-16)

Hunan–618 S. George Nigh Expwy. (Chinese) Closed Sun.  Mostly an unremarkable Chinese restaurant, but veggie dish with tofu is supposed to be unexpectedly good. (1-24-16)

Lucy’s–200 E. Carl Albert Pkwy. (Sandwiches) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only).  Good soup and sandwiches.  Potato soup is especially good. (1-24-16)

Marilyn’s–1211 S. George Nigh Expwy. (American) Open Daily.  Home cooking–chicken fried steak, hamburgers, biscuits and gravy, etc. (1-24-16)

Patron–1415 S. George Nigh Expwy. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Seems to have better reviews than other places in town.  Chile verde is recommended.  Tortillas are made in house.  Guacamole is made tableside.  These don’t constitute great Mexican food, but probably better than others in the area. (1-24-16)

Whistle Stop–2700 N. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only).  If your idea of good food is for it to be healthy and not fried, this is the place.  Has more than sandwiches, but if you get sandwiches they come on several types of bread. (1-24-16)


Meers Store–26008 Hwy 115 (Hamburgers) Closed Tue & Wed.  Hamburgers, buffalo burgers, cobbler. Serves steaks after 5 pm. Known for the Longhorn beef raised on its own farm (this meat is lean and not everyone likes it, but the buffalo burgers are said to be a very good alternative). Cash only. (5-21-17)


Lucille’s–106 N. Main (American) Dinner Thu-Sat; Lunch Fri-Sun.  Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, rib eye steak. (1-5-16)


Mahylon’s–3301 Chandler Rd. (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  Most say it is very good barbecue, but mainly for the ribs.  BBQ is cooked on hickory wood.  Stuffed potato and cobbler are good. (3-16-17)

Miss Addie’s–821 W. Broadway St. (American) Open Mon-Sat 11 am to 9 pm.  Higher end food (not the typical fried food served in American restaurants).  Not five-star food, but can be very good if you order certain items.  Steak with Andes sauce, bruschuetta sandwich, sandwich sampler plate, scalloped chicken, desserts are good (baked fudge is popular). Poppy seed dressing for the salad is also one of the customers’ favorite items. (3-16-17)


Nowata Depot Cafe–127 S. Oak St. (American) Closed Sun evening.  Located in an old train depot. Chicken fried steak is the most recommended dish. Come here for a leisurely meal (this is not a diner type restaurant). (10-6-16)


Eischen’s Bar–109 S. 2nd St. (Fried Chicken) Open 10 am to 10 pm (Closed Sun).  Some think the chicken is not the best in central OK, but I think it is top quality with a good flavor.  I enjoy the chicken, white bread, and pickles served on the side.  This is a bar, and is very loud.  Children are allowed with their parents. (1-5-16)


House of Smoke BBQ–419 N. Wood Dr. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  Formerly Capps BBQ. Brisket and pulled pork are good. (6-2-18)

Coleman’s Bakery–118 N. Seminole Ave. (Bakery) Open Tue-Sat (lunch only).  Cheeseburger, hamburger, and pie are the most popular items. (6-2-18)

Pauls Valley

Bob’s Pig Shop–829 N. Ash St. (BBQ) Closed Sun (lunch only M, Tu, Sa).  Pig sandwich, ribs. Note: the BBQ restaurant in Wynnewood has better reviews, but this one also seems to be good. (5-21-17)


Pioneer Woman Mercantile–532 Kihekah Ave. (American) Open Mon-Thu 7 am to 7 pm; Fri & Sat 7 am to 8 pm.  Described as a Cracker Barrel with better food, the reviews indicate it is much better. Tomato soup is the owner’s favorite item. Go upstairs to buy scones, danishes, cookies, etc. (3-16-17)


Warehouse Willy’s–300 Dewey Ave. (Cajun) Lunch Tue-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Gumbo is recommended. People like the rib eye and the shrimp. I would have my doubts whether it is worthwhile except for seeing it on Discover Oklahoma. (6-2-18)


Mid-American Grille–101 Cobblestone Dr. (American) Open daily except Sun dinner.  This is Oklahoma’s version of upscale dining (meaning that most of the food is not fried).  Chicken and mushroom sandwich, steak, blackened salmon.  I did not see desserts mentioned as the “must try” items (probably meaning that they were very satisfied with the main dishes). (10-6-16)

Thomas Restaurant–215 S. Mill St. (American & Mexican).  This is a diner with Mexican food. What diners like are mainly two things (1) breakfast, and (2) the fact that you can mix and match American & Mexican food. (10-6-16)


Mud Creek Outpost BBQ–105 E. US 70 (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  Brisket, ribs, buttermilk pie. (1-20-16)


Wild Horse Mtn.–US 59 south of the city (BBQ) Closed Sun night & Mon.  Very well known and popular, but not given good reviews by everybody (ribs are the item that most disappoints people, but some say they are “unique” and very good). (6-12-18)


Bosco Joe’s–129 N. Milt Phillips Ave. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  I haven’t been here, but my experience is that this is a good part of Okla. to try the barbecue. Ribs are popular, but they also have a combo plate. Also serves chicken fried steak and catfish. (6-2-18)

Catfish Roundup–11278 OK 99 (American) Open Daily.  This restaurant is north of Seminole off of Interstate 40. Known for its catfish but has other items such as chicken (and I think ribs). Apple fritters served as an appetizer are quite popular. (6-2-18)

Roma–2323 Boren Blvd. (Italian).  Good reviews, as the Roma in Durant also receives. (6-2-18)


Gusto’s–720 S. Main St. (Italian) Open daily except Sun evening.  Owners moved here from Kansas City, where they know Italian food (and this restaurant has excellent reviews). (3-16-17)


Benedict Street Marketplace–613 N. Pottenger Ave. (American) 8 am to 6 pm Mon-Fri; 9 am to 3 pm Sat.  A regular restaurant (not a salad bar) where all the food is organic and all natural (no hormones, etc.). (1-20-16)

Phoenix Asian Diner–419 N. Union Ave. (Chinese) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  Reviewers compare it to Oklahoma City Chinese food–a big step up from what was in Shawnee before.  Also has sushi. (1-20-16)

Tandoori–12501 Valley View Rd. (Indian) Open daily 11 am to 11 pm.  Indian restaurant in the Valero truck stop that reviewers say is excellent (some say better than in OKC).  Located east of Shawnee at the Earlsboro exit (on I-40). (1-20-16)

Van’s Pig Stand–3815 N. Harrison Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Best BBQ I have had in the past 20 years. (1-20-16)


Eskimo Joe’s–501 W. Elm Ave. (American) Open daily (open late night).  College hangout. Cheese fries are popular. Chicken and pulled pork are very good (maybe better than the hamburger), but hamburgers are the “popular” (and nostalgic for many) thing to order. (6-2-18)

Granny’s Kitchen–1006 S. Main St. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only). Good home style food. Known mostly for its breakfast. (6-2-18)

New Thai Cafe–502 S. Husband St. (Thai) Open Daily.  I think this is the reincarnation of Mai Thai in Oklahoma City, but for sure it has good ratings and looks good from the information I can find about it. (6-2-18)

Ranchers Club–OSU Student Union (American) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner Tue-Sat.  Fine dining restaurant. People really like the steaks.Some say it’s very expensive, but worth the money (it does have some less expensive items if you don’t want the steak). (6-2-18)

Tokyo Pot–108 W. 10th Ave. (Japanese) Open daily (dinner only). Serves shabu shabu. I’m a little skeptical of getting shabu shabu in a college town, but it has such good reviews I believe it’s worth putting on the list. (6-2-18)


Rock Cafe–114 W. Main St. (American) Open daily 7 am to 8 pm.  American food with a few German dishes.  Some say the German food is good, but not as good as in OKC.  Reuben might be a good choice here. (1-5-16)


Aaimpa’ Cafe–867 Cooper Memorial Dr. (Native American) Open daily (lunch only).  Indian tacos, buffalo chili.  At Chickasaw Cultural Center. (1-20-16)

Golden Lin–907 W. 2nd St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Reviewers say it’s best when you order from the menu instead of eating from the buffet. (1-20-16)


Azar’s Mediterranean Kitchen–409 N. Muskogee Ave. (Middle Eastern) Closed Sun.  Reviewers say it is very good Middle Eastern food (and not just based on small town standards). (10-6-16)

Fish’s Bar B Que–105 E. Ballentine Rd. (BBQ).  Ribs and brisket are good. (10-6-16)

Out West Cafe–2084 W. Choctaw St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Reviewers say to order the chicken fried steak breakfast. (10-6-16)


Clanton’s Cafe–319 E. Illinois Ave. (American) Breakfast Mon-Sat; lunch daily; dinner Mon-Fri.  Chicken fried steak, fried chicken, pie. (10-6-16)


Asian Star–1520 SW 1st St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Americanized Chinese food, but reviewers say the food is five star (not a buffet–everything is freshly cooked). (10-6-16)


Roman Nose State Park Restaurant–P 20 Rd. (New American).  Good quality food. More upscale and healthy than average for restaurants serving American food. Pizza, fish and chips, and burgers are good (from the photos they look like they are good quality). (1-24-16)


Cafe Bahnhof–131 E. Cecil St. (German) Dinner only (Wed-Sat).  Rahmschnitzel. (6-2-18)


Family Pho–1021 E. Davis Ave. (Vietnamese) Closed Mon.  House vermicelli bowl is very good, especially because of the spring rolls on top. (6-2-18)

Lucille’s Roadhouse–1301 N. Airport Rd. (American) Open Daily.  Very popular diner that seems to not have any special dishes or food that people say is especially good, but people like the atmosphere and the restaurant, and they say it is perfectly good for diner food. (6-2-18)


Butcher BBQ Stand–3402 W. State Hwy. 66 (BBQ) Fri & Sat open until 6 pm in winter and 8 pm in summer; Sun 11 am to 3 pm.  I have seen from more than one source that this is one of the best BBQ joints in the state. Has a choice of several meats–they usually sell out of all of them, so order whatever is available. (3-16-17)


Big Dan’s Steakhouse–3113 Williams Ave. (Steakhouse) Open Daily.  Suggested by a reader, and Yelp indicates this is a good suggestion.  Steaks, hamburgers (the restaurant grinds the meat themselves), pinto beans, fried mushrooms. (3-16-17)

Cafe Paradee–1018 Main St. (American) Open Mon-Fri (breakfast & lunch only).  The former Cafe Eden–it seems to have changed its name but everything else is the same.  Fresh and healthy food instead of the typical fried food.  Has croque monsieur sandwich. (3-16-17)

Chuan Wei–2105 Oklahoma Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sat.  Much better than you would expect in a small town (serves American style Chinese food). (3-16-17)

Poly Anna Cafe–902 Main St. (American) Closed Sun.  Two dining rooms–one for traditional food, and one for contemporary (hamburger with avocado, etc.).  Fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes are recommended. (3-16-17)

Sweet Surprises Bakery–1107 Main St. (Bakery) Open Mon-Fri 10 am to 5:30 pm.  Limited menu that includes bierox (German stuffed rolls) and daily soups. Probably the most popular item sold, though, is the sugar cookies. (3-16-17)


Trail’s End BBQ–402 W. Robert S. Kerr (BBQ) Open 10:30 am to 8 pm Tue-Fri.  Ribs, brisket, Santa Fe chicken sandwich. Also has Mexican food–tamales are good. (5-21-17)


Notes About This List:

This is a “master list” of restaurants that I have seen on the Internet or other sources and would like to try, or that I think would be of interest to others.  I do not mean for this to be an exhaustive list of every good place to eat, but it should represent a good sample of the most interesting or unique restaurants, along with a few that best represent an area’s regional cuisine.  My own recommendations are in Bold.

I am not looking to include:

  • Fine dining (unless they are unique because of regional specialties)
  • Low end restaurants that are popular with locals but may not be of much interest to travelers or people in general (everyone will have to use their judgment on this one)

Extra consideration for the following:

  • The food is organic, fresh, healthy, or farm to table
  • The restaurant serves a relatively hard to find type of ethnic food and reviews are good

In addition to the regular guidelines I try to include:

  • The best Asian restaurants in the area even if they are not totally authentic
  • Particularly good Mexican restaurants (this usually means the food is from a particular state in Mexico or it is one of the best examples of a U.S. regional style)

Please feel free to leave your own comments or suggestions.



City-Data (McAlester)

Discover Oklahoma

Oklahoma Today Magazine, Mar/Apr 2017 “The Food Issue”

Trip Advisor (Oklahoma) (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Oklahoma)

Zomato (Lawton)


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