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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)

Ada

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). Hunan beef is said to be a good choice if you want food that is more authentic Chinese style. Egg rolls are also said to be very good. (2-18-19)

Pigskin’s BBQ–1711 Stone Bridge Dr. (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). (2-18-19)

Prairie Kitchen–129 NE Richardson Loop (American) Open daily (including breakfast).  Has both healthy options and traditional Oklahoma food (such as chicken fried steak). Food appears to be higher quality but in smaller portions than is found in most “country cooking” places. (2-18-19)

Afton

The Shebang–29975 S. 566th Rd. (American) Dinner only (open daily).  Located on Grand Lake. Popular place, especially for groups and families, because the menu includes almost everything (prime rib & other entrees, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pizza, etc.). Some say there is a good variety of Italian food. Also popular for its bar and the outside patios. (4-9-19)

Altus

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)

Amber

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)

Ardmore

Cafe Alley–126 Caddo St. (American) Lunch Tue-Fri; Dinner Tue-Sat.  Try the upscale items–salmon, steak, Santa Fe chicken (some say the chicken fried steak is disappointing). Burgers and wraps are also said to be very good. Also has a lot of specials (these are said to be some of the best items). (2-15-19)

Pho and More–2015 W. Broadway (Vietnamese & Thai) Closed Sun.   Has both Vietnamese and Thai food (as well as Americanized Chinese). 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. (2-15-19)

Bartlesville

Eggbert’s–2073 SE Washington Blvd. (American).  Popular place for breakfast. People like the eggs (eggs benedict, etc.). Reviewers say sweet potato pancakes taste like they are made from scratch. (4-9-19)

El Rincon–223 S. Comanche Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Authentic Mexican food with street tacos. (4-9-19)

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. Known for using fresh & local ingredients. (4-16-19)

Judes Health & Java House–2503 SE Washington Blvd. (Health Food) Breakfast & lunch only (closed Sun). Serves sandwiches, salad, freshly squeezed juice, smoothies, muffins, scones. Reviewers recommend the daily specials: fish tacos (Tue), beef bowl (Thu), Swedish pancakes (Sat. morning). (4-16-19)

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). (4-9-19)

Broken Bow

Abendigo’s–US 259 & Stevens Gap Rd. near entrance to Hochatown State Park (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  This is one of the few choices available for non-fried food–a lot of it is Italian style. (3-20-19)

Blue Rooster–10251 US 259 near Beaver’s Bend Entrance (Southern).  Has southern style cooking. Owner serves New Orleans style dishes in season (I assume it is mostly seafood). Recommended dishes include buttermilk fried chicken, catfish, fried squash, sweet potato fries, fried green tomatoes, BLT. (3-20-19)

Hochatown BBQ–US 259 near Beaver’s Bend Entrance (BBQ) Open 10:30 am to 5 pm daily. Brisket, ribs, turkey, and catfish are recommended. (3-20-19)

Checotah

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. (4-9-19)

Smoke Ring BBQ–110 Paul Carr Dr. (BBQ) Open Thu-Sat 11 am to 8 pm.  Excellent reviews (brisket, burnt ends, pulled pork, and even the turkey legs are recommended). The trade-off is that you have to get there on the three days they are open (Thursday through Saturday). (4-9-19)

Chickasha

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)

Chouteau

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)

Clinton

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 (beef brisket sandwich is popular, though). Located west of Clinton on I-40 (north side of the road). (3-15-19)

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. Note: there are no reviews on Yelp or other sites so I am not sure if this restaurant is open. (3-15-19)

White Dog Hill–22901 Old US 66 Frontage Rd. (New American).  Chef is from London, and cooks mostly upscale dishes. Steaks, crab cakes, hamburger, chicken, pork chops are popular. 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. (3-15-19)

Wong’s–712 Opal Ave. (Chinese) Closed Mon. Lo mein, egg rolls are said to be 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. (3-15-19)

Commerce

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. Has a full menu of BBQ (brisket, ribs, etc.). (4-9-19)

Cushing

Los Molcajetes–1108 E. Main St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Good reviews, mostly for the steak, fajitas, etc. Photos look like they cover enchiladas with cheese sauce instead of salsa, but I get the feeling from some of the reviews that if you want authentic food all you have to do is ask for it. (4-9-19)

Naifeh’s Deli–600 E. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open until 8:30 pm (Closed Sun).  Sandwich shop with some Lebanese sandwiches and salads. (4-9-19)

Davis

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)

Drumright

Joseph’s Fine Food–54580 W. Hwy 16 (Steakhouse) Closed Sun & Mon.  This is one of the few remaining old style Lebanese steakhouses (steaks and other entrees with Lebanese appetizers such as tabouli and hummus). Reviews are good for Joseph’s. (4-9-19)

Duncan

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)

Durant

Bamboo Noodle Bar–3650 Enterprise Blvd. (Asian) Dinner Wed-Sun, lunch Sat & Sun.  Located in the Choctaw Casino (so I think smoking is allowed). People like the different Asian food including Chinese, pho, chicken teriyaki, etc. Vegetable pho is available (and said to be good). (4-16-19)

Main Street BBQ–42 W. Main St. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Known for its St. Louis style ribs cooked on pecan wood, but many are also fans of the brisket, chicken, turkey, etc. Ribs come out of the oven at 10 am and 4 pm. Brisket comes out at 10 am (none in the afternoon). (4-16-19)

Pho Palace–1316 W. Evergreen St. (Vietnamese) Open daily except Sun evening.  Small family run restaurant. Seems to be good for Asian food in this part of the country. (4-16-19)

Roma–121 W. Main St. (Italian) Closed Mon.  This looks like very gourmet and very European style Italian food. (4-16-19)

Sherrer’s–514 S. 9th Ave. (American) Closed Sun (and closed from 2 to 5 pm).  Open since 1948, it is known for its burgers, reuben sandwich, and home made pies. (4-16-19)

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). The restaurant says they are known for the creamy potato soup. (3-15-19)

G’s Garden–2811 W. 3rd St. (Chinese) Closed Sun & Mon. Food gets good reviews. You can order items not listed on the menu (such as pan fried noodles) that seem to be authentic. (3-15-19)

Prairie Fire–422 S. Main St. (American) Lunch Mon-Fri; Dinner Mon-Sat (closed from 2pm to 5pm). Known for its salmon, fried green tomatoes, and prairie pasta. Upscale, but has items such as hamburgers. (3-15-19)

Enid

Cafe Garcia–324 S. Grand Ave. (Mexican) Open daily except Sun. evening. Restaurant says it is Cal-Mex food (it looks as if most items are covered with cheese. Has some authentic Mexican dishes, though (mainly tacos). (4-13-19)

Grand Avenue Cafe–423 N. Grand Ave. (American).  Diner style food with good reviews. Oklahoma style home cooking (chicken fried steak, etc.). Now open in the evenings. (4-13-19)

Katy’s Pantry–2302 W. Willow Rd. (American) Open 8 am to 7 pm (closed Sun).  Is a bakery and bakes its own bread. Food is freshly made and supposedly very healthy (with the exception for the desserts, which are said to be so yummy people do not care about whether they are healthy or not). (4-13-19)

Mango Tree–1732 S. Van Buren St. (Thai) Closed Sun.  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 and the pho. (4-13-19)

Octavio’s Taqueria–226 W. Broadway Ave. (Mexican) Closed Sun dinner & Mon (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). (4-13-19)

Sula–1407 S. Van Buren St. (Korean) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Fri only.  Has a large variety of Korean items. Apparently they do not have Korean BBQ, though. (4-13-19)

Eufaula

Dobber’s Roadhouse–17155 E. Hwy. 9 (American) Open Daily.  Country cooking style restaurant with very good reviews. Chicken fried steak, hamburger steak, fried chicken, pork chop, fried shrimp, hot links, ribs (I think this is just about the complete dinner menu, but also has burgers, etc.). (4-9-19)

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. (4-9-19)

Garber

Country Cabin Cafe–321 Comanche St. (American).  Had 100% likes on Urbanspoon.  Home cooking style food–chicken fried steaks are good. (3-15-19)

Grove

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. (4-9-19)

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. (4-9-19)

Gore

Fin and Feather Resort–445889 Hwy 10 A (American) Dinner Wed-Sat; breakfast Sat; brunch Sun. Located at Lake Tenkiller. Buffet only (dinner buffet was $13.95 in 2016–I don’t have the current price). Reviews say the food is excellent, such as the Thanksgiving day dinner. There is also a casual restaurant called Soda Steve’s at the resort. (4-9-19)

Guymon

Galleon–118 NW 6th St. (Steaks) Open daily except Sun evening(closed from 2 to 5 pm).  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.). (5-20-19)

La Victoria Market–204 SW 2nd St. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Guymon has more Mexican restaurants than most cities ten times its size, and it was hard to determine which ones to put on this list. La Victoria seems like a good bet with everything made fresh in house including the tortillas, chile relleno, tortas, etc. (5-20-19)

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 (can also order a shish kabob dinner). Katrina’s salad is recommended (not on menu but frequently available as a special). (5-20-19)

Seafood and Taco Shop–119 SW 2nd St. (Mexican) Closed Wed.  The positive of this place is that it is authentic with a real Mexican taste. The negative is that there is not a great choice of menu items, but they do have tacos (shredded beef, steak, fish, etc.) and seafood (grilled fish, ceviche, etc.) as well as burritos. Asada burrito with red or green chile is recommended. (5-20-19)

Heavener

La Magia del Trigo–106 W. 1st (Mexican) Closed Fri evening & Sat.  They make everything in house as you order it (even the tortillas). People like the tortas and flan. People say it is authentic, but I’m not sure if they mean south of the border style or just that it is very good Tex-Mex. (5-12-19)

Southern Belle–821 US 59 N. (American) Closed Sun evening & Wed. Southern cooking. Southern Belle chicken is the restaurant’s specialty. (5-12-19)

Henryetta

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)

Holdenville

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. (2-18-19)

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). (2-18-19)

Hugo

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.). Steak sandwich, patty melt and beef stew are some of the customers’ favorites. (2-18-19)

Buffalo Grill–203 W. Jackson St. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  Highly rated barbecue in an area where BBQ is the national food. Sauce is said to be excellent as well. (2-18-19)

Krebs

Isle of Capri–150 SW 7th St. (Italian) Lunch Mon-Thu; dinner Mon-Sat. Ravioli, Italian sausage, manicotti, chicken piccata, chicken parmesan are said to be good. Daughter owns Gabriella’s in OKC. This has a larger menu menu than the other restaurants. This has the lowest rating on Yelp out of the Krebs Italian restaurants (but still enough people who like it to put it on the list). (5-12-19)

Pete’s Place–120 SW 8th St. (Italian) Open Daily. Chicken parmesan, spaghetti, ravioli, meatballs are good. (5-12-19)

Roseanna’s–205 E. Washington (Italian) Closed Sun dinner & Mon. Spaghetti, tomato sauce, meatballs, chicken parmesan are said to be best here (salad is not good). Some say order at least one meatball with whatever dinner you choose. (5-12-19)

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, and it is said to have very good marinara sauce. Different sources list different hours, but all four are in close proximity.

Langley

The Artichoke–35878 S. 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. (4-9-19)

Lawton

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)

Marlow

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)

McAlester

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. Lately, though, they have had problems with execution (steaks undercooked, runs out of items, etc.) (3-20-19)

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. Some say it closes early when they do not have much business, though. (3-20-19)

Lucy’s–200 E. Carl Albert Pkwy. (Sandwiches) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only). Good soup and sandwiches. Potato soup is said to be especially good. (3-20-19)

Marilyn’s–1211 S. George Nigh Expwy. (American) Open Daily. Home cooking–chicken fried steak, hamburgers, chicken breast, biscuits and gravy, etc. (3-20-19)

Whistle Stop–2700 N. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open Mon-Sat (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. (3-20-19)

Meers

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)

Mulhall

Lucille’s–102 S. Main (American) Dinner Thu-Sat; Lunch Thu-Sun. Recommended very highly for the chicken fried steak, mac and cheese, coconut cream pie, and chocolate cream pie. Fried chicken and rib eye steak are also popular. (3-15-19)

Muskogee

Harmony House–208 S. 7th St. (Sandwiches).  Chicken salad, tuna wrap, and soup are recommended. Specials are said to be very good. Probably the most popular items are the desserts–cookies, key lime pie, lemon square, etc. (4-16-19)

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. (4-16-19)

Momma C’s Soul Food–821 W. Broadway (Soul Food) Lunch only (breakfast & dinner are also served on Sat).  Reviewers say food is fresh and flavorful. (4-16-19)

Nowata

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). (4-9-19)

Okarche

Eischen’s Bar–109 S. 2nd St. (Fried Chicken) Open 10 am to 10 pm (Closed Sun).  This is definitely some of the best fried chicken I have ever had. White bread and pickles served on the side are also good. This is a bar, and is very loud. Children are allowed with their parents. (3-15-19)

Okmulgee

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)

Pawhuska

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. (4-9-19)

Ponca City

Brick House Grille–200 N. 2nd St. (American) Open Wed-Sat 4 pm to 9 pm.  This is an upscale steak place that also has pizza, hamburgers, and other items that you can have with the upscale side dishes they offer. (4-9-19)

Poteau

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)

Pryor

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). (4-9-19)

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. (4-9-19)

Ringling

Mud Creek Outpost BBQ–105 E. US 70 (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon.  Brisket, ribs, buttermilk pie. (3-20-19)

Sallisaw

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)

Sayre

The Pickett Fence–1402 N. 4th St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sat & Sun).  Soup and sandwich place, and also has stew. Bread and pies are made from scratch (beer bread is especially popular). Potato soup, club salad, and grilled cheese are especially recommended. (3-15-19)

Seminole

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)

Shattuck

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). (5-20-19)

Rafy’s Tacos–1600 S. Main St. (Mexican).  There is very little information about this place except that they have tacos as well as a few plates such as enchiladas, quesadillas, etc., and the reviews are very positive (I think the breakfast tacos are the most popular items). (5-20-19)

Shawnee

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.). (3-20-19)

Firelake Fry Bread Taco–1568 Gordon Cooper Dr. (Mexican) Closed Tue-Thu, closed Sun evening.  Located about a mile south of downtown Shawnee at the Firelake Casino. Operated by the Pottawatomie Tribe, but uses Navajo recipes for the fry bread tacos. There is a choice of sauces (from mild to spicy) and meats (beef, bison, or chicken). (3-20-19)

Phoenix Asian Diner–419 N. Union Ave. (Chinese) Open 11 am to 9 pm (closed Sun). Reviewers compare it to Oklahoma City Chinese food–a big step up from what was in Shawnee before. Also has sushi. I think this is associated with Golden Phoenix in OKC. (3-20-19)

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). People say it is spicy, authentic, and they give you relish. There are also some dishes they can prepare that are not on the menu. (3-20-19)

Van’s Pig Stand–3815 N. Harrison Ave. (BBQ) Open Daily. Best BBQ I have had in the past 20 years. Note: reviews on Yelp are better for the location at 717 E. Highland St., but it is a question of consistency rather than the food being different. (3-20-19)

Stillwater

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. (4-16-19)

Granny’s Kitchen–701 S. Main St. (American) Open daily (breakfast and lunch only). Good home style food. Known mostly for its breakfast. For lunch pot roast and BBQ ribs & chicken are popular. (4-16-19)

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. (4-16-19)

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). (4-16-19)

The Hideaway–230 S. Knoblock St. (Pizza) Open Daily.  Hideaway is a popular chain of pizza restaurants in Oklahoma, but this is the original and has the “real deal” (the chain has changed the menu somewhat and I think has dropped some of the best pizzas). The one in Stillwater is on my wish list to try. (4-16-19)

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. (4-16-19)

Stroud

Rock Cafe–114 W. Main St. (American) Open Daily. 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, and Discover Oklahoma recommends the schnitzel. (3-20-19)

Sulphur

Aaimpa’ Cafe–867 Cooper Memorial Dr. (Native American) Open daily (lunch only).  Indian tacos, buffalo chili. At Chickasaw Cultural Center. (2-15-19)

Artesian–W. 1st & Muskogee Ave. (American).  Hotel restaurant that strives to present upscale and innovative food, and mostly succeeds according to reviewers. The breakfast pot pie looks interesting. (2-15-19)

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. This is especially important if you want food without MSG. (2-15-19)

Tahlequah

Fish’s Bar B Que–105 E. Ballentine Rd. (BBQ).  Ribs and brisket are said to be good. (4-9-19)

Out West Cafe–2084 W. Choctaw St. (American) Breakfast & lunch only (open daily).  Many reviewers say to order the chicken fried steak breakfast. Biscuits & gravy are popular. (4-9-19)

Tishomingo

Ole Red–214 W. Main St. (American) Open Daily.  Owned by Blake Shelton. Most reviewers say the food is “just OK” but the restaurant is very well known and I thought I should add it to the list. Sometimes they have live music. (2-18-19)

Vinita

Clanton’s Cafe–319 E. Illinois Ave. (American) Closed Sat evening & Sun Chicken fried steak, fried chicken, pie. Open for breakfast, but almost all reviews are for lunch & dinner. (4-9-19)

Wagoner

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). (4-9-19)

Watonga

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). (2-15-19)

Waynoka

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

Weatherford

Hibachi Buffet–1231 E. Main St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  This is a buffet that offers orders from the menu as well. I think either of these would be good. The owners used to have Young China in downtown Weatherford. (2-15-19)

Lucille’s Roadhouse–1301 N. Airport Rd. (American) Open daily (including breakfast).  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. (2-15-19)

Wellston

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)

Woodward

Cafe Paradee–1018 Main St. (American) Open Mon-Fri (breakfast & lunch only). The former Cafe Eden–it has changed its name but everything else seems to be the same. Fresh and healthy food instead of the typical fried food. Has croque monsieur sandwich. (3-15-19)

Chuan Wei–2105 Oklahoma Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sat. American style Chinese food. People say it is fresh with a good flavor. (3-15-19)

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. (3-15-19)

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. (3-15-19)

Wynnewood

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.

 

Sources:

City-Data (McAlester)

Culture Trip (Oklahoma)

Discover Oklahoma

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

Trip Advisor (Oklahoma)

Urbanspoon.com (former web site which I used for preliminary research)

Yelp (Oklahoma)

Zomato (Lawton)

 

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