I expected Oklahoma City to have great steak and barbecue restaurants. The city didn’t disappoint in those areas. What I didn’t expect was the broad expanse of gastronomic delight that the city offers, from casual eateries to fine dining. Here are seven Oklahoma City restaurants that my husband, Skip, and I experienced during our 48 hour stay in the city.
The German beer hall in Oklahoma City’s Midtown district was quiet during our lunchtime visit, but I understand the place comes to life in the evening and on weekends. During summer months the overhead doors open to create an open-air environment.
With 80 European and domestic beers available (17 on tap and 63 bottled), beer enthusiasts are sure to find plenty to suit their tastes.
421 NW 10th Street
A visit to a steakhouse is definitely in order in Oklahoma City. We went with the most traditional, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, located in the Stockyards City area. The oldest continuously operating restaurant in the city, Cattlemen’s steakhouse has been in business since 1910. The restaurant has a colorful past, including changing hands in 1945 over a dice game.
The steak was the best steak I have had in a long time. I went with the small filet wrapped in thick-sliced bacon, and ordered a traditional salad and baked potato with it. The server waits at the table until you cut into your steak and verify it is done the way you like it. Still red, on the rarer side of medium-rare, my filet was perfect for me, tender and succulent.
1309 S Agnew
Kamp’s 1910 Café
We knew we were going to have a big lunch, so we went light for breakfast at Kamp’s 1910 Café in the Midtown district. Originally a grocery store opened in 1910 by brothers Henry and William Kamp, the business is still in the family. Randy Kamp, third generation family, opened Kamp’s 1910 Café in 2010.
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Offering coffee and light meals, Kamp’s 1910 Café is great for a to-go order or a quick meal, like the Traditional Breakfast: scrambled eggs, sausage and toast. Another option is biscuits and gravy with a side of fresh fruit.
10 NE 10th Street
We met Tabbi Burwell and Brittany White from the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors for lunch at Cheever’s Café. The meal was one of my favorites.
Cheever’s Café was originally Cheever’s Flowers, owned by the very first baby born in Oklahoma City. The family lived in the back of the business for three generations. Today it’s a restaurant owned by the Good Egg Dining Group and offers “contemporary comfort food.”
Tabbi and Brittany insisted we must try the Roasted Pecan Ice Cream Ball for dessert. Our server encouraged us to try the Strawberry Sweet Biscuits also, which is her personal favorite. The ice cream ball (vanilla ice-cream rolled in pecans roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon and red chile) is smothered in chocolate sauce. One taste and I knew why it’s Cheever’s most popular dessert. But the Strrawberry Sweet Biscuits, with lemon curd, macerated berries and whipped cream, was light, creamy and sweet and equally delicious.
2409 N Hudson
Iron Star Urban Barbeque
We couldn’t leave Oklahoma City without having a barbecue meal. Iron Star Urban Barbeque is another Good Egg Dining Group restaurant. Located in the revitalized Uptown 23rd district, Iron Star Urban Barbeque puts their own spin on traditional barbecue foods.
The ribs, pulled pork and brisket were all tender, smoky and flavorful even without the house barbecue sauce. Sides include options like BBQ baked beans, Dutch Oven Sweet Potatoes, Fancy Mac & Cheese and Seared Green Beans.The last thing we needed was another dessert, but when our server encouraged us to try the banana cream pie from Pie Junkie, a local pie company, it was hard to resist. Served on a plate with a drizzle of raspberry sauce, every last bit of the pie disappeared.
Just behind our hotel in the Midtown district, Waffle Champion was a real treat for breakfast. Originally working out of a food truck, Waffle Champion was so popular that it went brick-and-mortar.
We chose waffles from the Sweets menu. The Waffle French Toast with cream cheese syrup, fresh strawberries and candied walnuts, as well as the Fool’s Gold (waffles with peanut butter mousse, strawberry-anise compote, candied bacon and bananas) seemed more like a dessert than breakfast.
Among the savory waffle sandwich options are a Cheeseburger Mac made with bison and cheesy mac and Buttermilk Fried Chicken, made with buttermilk-marinated free-range tenders, leeks and tobacco honey.
1212 N Walker
Pop’s 66 Soda Ranch
On our way out of town we stopped at Pop’s 66 Soda Ranch, located on Route 66 in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Pop’s is less about the food and more about the experience—although the simple food options, like the kale chicken salad and the Pops B(E.)LT (smoked bacon, egg salad, lettuce and tomato), are tasty and a little out of the ordinary.
The big attraction at the Pop’s 66 Soda Ranch is the soda, as signified by the giant soda bottle that stands outside. At night the neon tubes light up in color. Colorful bottles of soda line the building’s angled glass walls.
A limited selection of soda is available on the Pop’s diner menu. However, the store within the building sells over 700 varieties. You can purchase a bottle separately from your meal to enjoy with your lunch. Or you can mix-and-match six packs to take home.
Route 66, Arcadia, Oklahoma
Accommodations: We stayed at the Ambassador Hotel Oklahoma City Autograph Collection during our visit to Oklahoma City. Find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
Disclosures: My visit to Oklahoma City was hosted by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the CVB picked up our tab at Cheever’s Cafe. However, any opinions expressed in this article are my own.
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