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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. (Takeout only 10-12-20)

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). (Takeout only 10-12-20)

Prairie Kitchen–129 NE Richardson Loop (American) Open daily 6 am to 10 pm.  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. (Dining room is open 8-4-20)


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. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)


Fortune Cookie–119 S. Hudson St. (Thai) Closed Sat & Sun (and closed from 2 to 4 pm).  Has Americanized Chinese food, but the specialty is Thai food (and reviewers say it is good). (I don’t have any information about whether the dining room is open 7-2-20)

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. (I believe it is takeout and delivery only 7-2-20)


Ken’s Steakhouse–408 E. Main St. (Steaks) Open Thu-Sat (dinner only). Steaks are said to be excellent, and some people like the rib appetizer even better. (Dining room is open 7-2-20)


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). 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). (Takeout only 7-7-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-7-20)


Eggbert’s–2073 SE Washington Blvd. (American) Open Daily.  Popular place for breakfast. People like the eggs (eggs benedict, etc.). Reviewers say sweet potato pancakes taste like they are made from scratch. (Dining room is open 8-4-20)

El Rincon–223 S. Comanche Ave. (Mexican) Open Daily.  Authentic Mexican food with street tacos. (Takeout only 8-4-20)

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. (Dining room is open 8-4-20)

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). (Dining room is open 8-4-20)

Szechuan–516 SE Washington Blvd. (Chinese) Closed Mon.  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). (Takeout only 8-4-20)

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. (Dining room and patio are open 9-5-20)

Blue Rooster–10251 US 259 near Beaver’s Bend Entrance (Southern) Open Daily.  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. (Dining room and outdoor patio are open 9-5-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)

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). (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Jake’s Rib–100 Ponderosa Dr. (BBQ) Open Daily.  Mixed reviews, but my readers say it is worth a stop (consensus seems to be that nothing is outstanding but everything is really good). Reviews indicate that ribs are the best item. (Dining room is open 6-15-20)

Mama Carol’s–624 S. 4th St. (American) Closed Sat evening & Sun evening.  American food that is more like chicken fried steak type of cuisine than the more healthy variety (but this is the number 1 restaurant on Yelp because people like it). (I believe the dining room is open 7-2-20)


Dutch Pantry–10 W. Main St. (American) Closed Sun & Mon.  Buffet style–home cooking (Amish style food). Serves breakfast (opens at 6 am). (Dining room is open 7-25-20)

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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Jiggs Smoke House–Interstate 40 Exit 62 (BBQ) Closed Sun & Mon. 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). (Takeout only 6-15-20)

White Dog Hill–22901 Old US 66 Frontage Rd. (New American) Dinner only (closed Sun-Tue).  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. (Dining room is open 6-15-20)

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. (I do not believe the dining room is open 9-5-20)


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.). (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-25-20)


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. (Takeout only 7-25-20)

Naifeh’s Deli–600 E. Main St. (Sandwiches) Open until 8:30 pm (Closed Sun).  Sandwich shop with some Lebanese sandwiches and salads. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Smokin’ Joe’s BBQ–3165 Jollyville Rd. (BBQ) Closed Wed & Sun (closes at 8 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). (Takeout only 7-7-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Jonny’s–1215 N. US 81 (American) Closed Sat & Sun.  Known for its chicken tenders (apparently a lot of people order the burger but they think it’s “just ok”). Also has more healthy food (cranberry salad, veggie burger, etc.). (I believe the dining room is open 7-2-20)

Kyoto–1209 N. US 81 (Japanese) Open Daily.  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). (Takeout only 7-2-20)


Bamboo Noodle Bar–4216 U.S. 69 (Asian) Open Wed-Sat; open Sun lunch.  Located in the Choctaw Casino (seems to be part of the casino’s food court). People like the different Asian food including Chinese, pho, chicken teriyaki, etc. Vegetable pho is available (and said to be good). (Takeout only, but seating might be available in the food court 6-8-20)

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). (Dining room is open 6-8-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-8-20)

Roma–121 W. Main St. (Italian) Closed Mon.  This looks like very gourmet and very European style Italian food. (Takeout and delivery only 6-8-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-8-20)

Elk City

Country Dove–610 W. 3rd St. (American) Open 11 am to 6 pm (closed Sun).  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. (Takeout only 6-15-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-15-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-15-20)


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). (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

Grand Avenue Cafe–423 N. Grand Ave. (American) Dinner only (closed Sun & Mon).  Diner style food with good reviews. Oklahoma style home cooking (chicken fried steak, etc.). (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Katy’s Pantry–2302 W. Willow Rd. (American) Closed Sun & Mon evening (closes at 6 pm other days).  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). (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-11-20)

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). (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Sula–1407 S. Van Buren St. (Korean) Lunch Mon-Fri; dinner Fri only.  Has a large variety of Korean items. Apparently they do not have Korean BBQ, though. (Takeout only 6-11-20)


Dobber’s Roadhouse–17155 E. Hwy. 9 (American) Lunch Thu-Sun; dinner Thu-Sat.  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.). (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)

Raggedy’s–414 E. 3rd St. (American) Lunch only (closed Sat & 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. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)


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 (owner says this is a Costa Rican soda–has sandwiches and homemade root beer). (I don’t have current information about what is open 7-25-20)


Galleon–118 NW 6th St. (Steaks) Breakfast and lunch 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.). (Dining room is open 8-4-20)

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). (I don’t know if dining room is open 8-4-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 8-4-20)


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. (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

Southern Belle–821 US 59 N. (American) Closed Sun evening & Wed. Southern cooking. Southern Belle chicken is the restaurant’s specialty. (Dining room is open 9-5-20)


Classic Diner–105 E. Main St. (American) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  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). (I don’t know if dining room is open 8-4-20)

Rustlers BBQ–806 E. Industrial St. (BBQ) Open Thu-Sun (11 am to 9 pm).  This seems to be the real deal. Brisket is probably the most popular item, with ribs about equal. This is important because the popular items many times sell out early. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)


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). (I think dining room is open 8-4-20)


Angie’s Circus City Diner–1312 E. Jackson St. (American) Closed Sun (other days breakfast & lunch only except Fri).  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. (Takeout only 6-8-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-8-20)


Isle of Capri–150 SW 7th St. (Italian) Dinner only (closed Sun). 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). (Dining room is open 10-12-20)

Pete’s Place–120 SW 8th St. (Italian) Open daily (closes at 7 pm Sun-Thu). Chicken parmesan, spaghetti, ravioli, meatballs are good. (Dining room is open 6-8-20)

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. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)

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.


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


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. (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Mutti’s German–1410 SW Sheridan Rd. (German) Closed Sun & Mon.  Good schnitzel & goulasch. Has daily specials such as rouladen. Sauerkraut is said to be very good. 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). (Dining room is open 6-11-20)

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. I’m not sure it is as authentic as Thai Bistro. I think I would be disappointed with the drinks (they only sell bottled drinks). Note: this was formerly also a donut shop but now only serves Thai food. (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Salas–247 E. Gore Blvd. (Mexican) Open daily 11 am to 7 pm.  This has moved from its old location and is no longer exclusively Tex-Mex style, but now has an authentic menu (tacos were mentioned). At the time I ate here I thought it was better than the restaurants in OKC because this one is Dallas style Tex-Mex. (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Sunrise & Shine-5239 NW Cache Rd. (American) Open 6 am to 2 pm (closed Tue).  Recommended for breakfast by many reviewers. Omelets are made to order (you choose the ingredients). Pancakes and biscuits & gravy are also recommended. Cash only. (Takeout only 6-11-20)

Thai Bistro–1306 NW Sheridan Rd. (Thai) Open Daily.  I think this is a new place, and it seems authentic. Has papaya salad (it is probably northern Thai or Lao style). (Takeout only 6-11-20)

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. (Takeout only 6-11-20)


Giuseppe’s–203 W. Main (Italian) Open Thu-Sat only (11 am to 8 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). (Dining room is open 6-11-20)


Captain John’s–1216 S. George Nigh Expwy. (Cajun) Closed Sun evening & Mon.  Reviewers say it has unexpectedly good food, but sometimes it is crowded and has a long wait. (Dining room is open 6-8-20)

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.) (Takeout only 10-12-20)

Hunan–618 S. George Nigh Expwy. (Chinese) Closed Sun (and closed from 2:30 to 4 pm). 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. (Takeout only 10-12-20)

Lucy’s Two–200 E. Carl Albert Pkwy. (Sandwiches) Open Mon-Fri (lunch only). Good soup and sandwiches. Potato soup is said to be especially good. (Dining room is open 6-8-20)

Marilyn’s–1211 S. George Nigh Expwy. (American) Open Daily. Home cooking–chicken fried steak, hamburgers, chicken breast, biscuits and gravy, etc. (Takeout only 10-12-20)

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. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)


Meers Store–26005 Hwy 115 (Hamburgers) Open 11 am to 7 pm (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. (Takeout only 6-11-20)

The Old Plantation–140 E. Lake Dr. (Steakhouse) Open daily 11 am to 9 pm.  This is a steakhouse, but many say the chicken fried steak or the steak bites are the best items. Steak seems to be good but the seasoning is what makes it less popular than the other items. (Dining room is open 6-11-20)


Harmony House–208 S. 7th St. (Sandwiches) Lunch only (closed Sun).  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. (Takeout only 7-25-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-25-20)

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. (I believe the dining room is open 7-25-20)


Nowata Depot Cafe–127 S. Oak St. (American) Closed Sat & 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). (Takeout only 7-25-20)


Eischen’s Bar–109 S. 2nd St. (Fried Chicken) Open 10 am to 9 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. (Dining room is open 8-4-20)


House of Smoke BBQ–419 N. Wood Dr. (BBQ) Open 11 am to 7 pm (closed Sun).  Formerly Capps BBQ. Brisket and pulled pork are good. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Coleman’s Bakery–118 N. Seminole Ave. (Bakery) Open Tue-Sat (lunch only).  Cheeseburger, hamburger, and pie are the most popular items. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

Pauls Valley

Bob’s Pig Shop–829 N. Ash St. (BBQ) Lunch Mon-Sat; dinner Wed-Fri.  Pig sandwich, ribs. Note: the BBQ restaurant in Wynnewood has better reviews, but this one also seems to be good. (I think the dining room is open 7-7-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


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. (I don’t have updated information about whether the dining room is open 10-12-20)


Mid-American Grille–101 Cobblestone Dr. (American) Closed Sat lunch, closed Sun & Mon. 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). (Dining room is open 7-25-20)

Thomas Restaurant–215 S. Mill St. (American & Mexican) Closed Tue.  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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Mud Creek Outpost BBQ–105 E. US 70 (BBQ) Open 11 am to 8 pm (closed Sun & Mon).  Brisket, ribs, buttermilk pie. (I have no information about whether the dining room is open 7-2-20)


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). (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-7-20)


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. (Takeout only 6-8-20)

Roma–2323 Boren Blvd. (Italian) Closed Mon.  Good reviews, as the Roma in Durant also receives. (Dining room is open 6-8-20)


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). (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

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). (No reviews after 2019–may be closed 9-5-20)


Firelake Fry Bread Taco–1568 S. Gordon Cooper Dr. (Mexican) 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). (Dining room is open 6-3-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-3-20)

Shawnee Pho–603 W. Kickapoo Spur St. (Vietnamese) Closed Tue. Good reviews and has a large menu including Bun Bo Hue. (Open for takeout-dining room opens Jun 8th. 6-3-20)

Studio Wok–601 E. Highland St. (Chinese) Open Daily.  Most of the menu is American style but there are some authentic dishes and reviews are quite good. (Dining room is open 6-3-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-3-20)

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. (Dining room open at reduced capacity-drive through also open 6-3-20)


Eskimo Joe’s–501 W. Elm Ave. (American) Open daily.  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. (Dining room is open 6-11-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-11-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-11-20)

Ranchers Club–OSU Student Union (American) Closed Mon & closed Sat lunch.  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). (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

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. (Dining room is open 9-5-20)

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. (Dining room is open 9-5-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


Aaimpa’ Cafe–867 Cooper Memorial Dr. (Native American) Open daily (lunch only).  Indian tacos, buffalo chili. At Chickasaw Cultural Center. (Temporarily closed 8-4-20)

Artesian–W. 1st & Muskogee Ave. (American) Open daily 8 am to 9 pm.  Hotel restaurant that strives to present upscale and innovative food, and mostly succeeds according to reviewers. The breakfast pot pie looks interesting. (Dining room is open with reduced seating capacity 7-7-20)

Golden Lin–907 W. 2nd St. (Chinese) Closed Tue.  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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-7-20)


Fish’s Bar B Que–105 E. Ballentine Rd. (BBQ) Closed Sun.  Ribs and brisket are said to be good. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-25-20)

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. (I don’t know if dining room is open 7-25-20)


Ole Red–214 W. Main St. (American) Open Daily.  Owned by Blake Shelton. Some reviewers say the food is “just OK” but the restaurant is very well known and I thought I should add it to the list. Chicken fried steak and catfish are popular. Sometimes they have live music. (Dining room is open 6-8-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-25-20)


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). (Temporarily closed 7-25-20)


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). (No reviews in 2020–may be closed 9-5-20)


Cafe Bahnhof–131 E. Cecil St. (German) Dinner only (Wed-Sat).  Rahmschnitzel. (Takeout only 6-15-20)


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. (Dining room is open 7-7-20)

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. (Dining room is open 6-15-20)


Butcher BBQ Stand–3402 W. State Hwy. 66 (BBQ) Open 11 am to 3 pm Fri-Sun only.  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. (Takeout only 7-7-20)


Hwy 2 BBQ–515 Hwy. 2 South (BBQ) Lunch only Mon-Fri; lunch & dinner Sat. Gets all five star reviews on Google Maps. Considering the standard for BBQ I have found in eastern OK, people would be very tough on it if it were not up to par. (Takeout only 10-12-20)


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. (Takeout only 10-12-20)

Chuan Wei–2105 Oklahoma Ave. (Chinese) Closed Sat. American style Chinese food. People say it is fresh with a good flavor. (Dining room is open 10-12-20)

Poly Anna Cafe–902 Main St. (American) Closed Sat evening & Sun.  Two dining rooms–one for traditional food, and one for contemporary (hamburger with avocado, etc.). Fried chicken, roast beef, mashed potatoes are recommended. (Takeout only 10-12-20)

Sweet Surprises Bakery–1107 Main St. (Bakery) Open Tue-Fri 10 am to 5:30 pm (lunch is 11 to 2).  Limited menu that includes bierox (German stuffed rolls) and daily soups. Probably the most popular item sold, though, is the sugar cookies. (No information after 2019–may be closed)


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 said to be good. Mostly has better reviews than the BBQ place in Pauls Valley, except that here people do not like their “hot” sauce (it is not very hot). Also they say if you go for dinner they run out of some items. (I don’t know whether dining room is open 7-7-20)


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)

Culture Trip (Oklahoma)

Discover Oklahoma

Google Maps

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)


4 thoughts on “Restaurant Guide–Oklahoma

  1. surprised you don’t have Studio Wok in Shawnee listed.
    Outstanding meals everytime we go to Shawnee (family events).
    They even still practice putting a decorative touch with carved vegetables and fruit
    Some of the best Chinese we’ve had in OK, right up there with Fung’s or Chow’s in OKC or Golden Gate in Tulsa.

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