Road Trip: Feasts for the Soul
From down-home comfort and fine dining to fresh, farm-to-table goodness, mouthwatering cuisine sets the table in Oklahoma. Put these dining hot spots on your traveling menu and embark on a culinary adventure.
Oklahoma's Little Italy
You’ll find four tasty and original stops in Krebs, an area settled by immigrants from Italy who came to work the coal mines. Delicious food naturally plays a big part of the cultural mix here and four eateries - Lovera’s Family Grocery, Roseanna’s Italian Food, Pete’s Place and Isle of Capri - each possess their own, distinctive atmosphere while simultaneously serving up some of the best and most authentic pasta and sausage dishes in the region.
All four have been family-owned and operated for generations and each eatery offers its own signature menu items or products. Pete’s is famous for the Choc beer and Isle of Capri is known for the Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. Roseanna’s boasts a wonderful steak and pepper dinner and Lovera’s has incomparably scrumptious homemade Italian summer sausage.
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Stop in and sip a spell at Whispering Meadows Vineyard & Winery in McAlester, located in the former Newton Jewelry Store built in 1901. Then, set your sights on exploring the beautiful, historic McAlester Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, the tallest building on the highest hill in McAlester. One of the largest Masonic temples in the nation, it features lavish architecture, a library and museum, costume room and a 1930 custom-built Kimball organ with more than 3,100 pipes. The McAlester Scottish Rite Masonic Temple offers tours by appointment.
Folks from all walks of life will enjoy indulging in seasonal eats at Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy near Depew, Ludivine in Oklahoma City and Elote Café in Tulsa – a trifecta of outstanding farm-to-table experiences. From April to October on select weekends, Living Kitchen offers luscious five and six-course themed dinners such as lavender or heirloom tomato feasts, as well as pig roasts. All cuisine is made with seasonal produce from either the Living Kitchen farm or surrounding farms. Reservations are required.
Ludivine carefully crafts each dinner from local, seasonal farm fare and serves up memorable culinary experiences that speak to every palette. The menu changes often and was born from the idea of utilizing the freshest ingredients available from local farmers and ranchers. At Elote Café, located in the heart of Tulsa’s Art Deco district, signature fare is authentic Mexican created from the freshest local ingredients. Each dish packs flavor and healthfulness into every bite.
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Turn dinner at any of the above noted restaurants into a quick overnight or weekend getaway with a stay at a bed and breakfast or boutique hotel. After dinner at Living Kitchen, lay your head to rest in one of ten cozy cabins at Tatanka Ranch near Stroud. The Grandison Inn at Maney Park Bed & Breakfast or historic Colcord Hotel are just blocks away from Ludivine, and the grand Mayo Hotel in Tulsa is the perfect end to an evening that includes dinner at Elote.
Tastes Like Diner Love
Homemade and full of comfort, the fare at these tasty diners will have you planning a return trip in no time. A Route 66 landmark notable for the Pepto Bismol-pink Cadillac and vintage police car parked out front, Ann’s Chicken Fry House in Oklahoma City elevates the humble chicken-fried steak to high art. Don’t miss the fried chicken and fried green tomatoes.
The Pollyanna Café in Woodward started as a candy store across the street in the early 1900s, moved to its present location in 1928 and has been in the Williams family since 1953. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the café is known for sturdy diner fare such as biscuits and gravy, chicken-fried steak and blueberry pancakes.
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If diner food fuels your need for adventure, there’s plenty to be had around these parts. Walk off your meal at Pollyanna’s by exploring the Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum in Woodward, while Oklahoma City's diner destinations are perfectly matched with an appetite-inducing trip through the nearby Oklahoma History Center.