Oklahoma’s rich agricultural tradition has inspired restaurants across the state to highlight local, seasonal ingredients proudly produced by Oklahoma farmers and ranchers. Take a tour of some of the best options for healthy, local and farm-to-table cuisine in Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma chefs and restaurateurs have found a vibrant connection between the local farm and the restaurant table, and these dining spots from across Oklahoma have shown that locally sourcing seasonal ingredients is not only a viable option but an exciting and delicious one as well.
Chefs Jonathon Stranger and Russ Johnson have made Oklahoma City’s Ludivine into a world-class restaurant with simple guiding principles: an unpretentious restaurant with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. The menu changes day to day according to what’s available from nearby farms and ranches. This farm-to-fork concept could not be pulled off without the culinary chops to make it delicious, and Ludivine definitely delivers the goods.
Roasted bone marrow with grain mustard, pan-roasted Wagyu beef and the suckling pig pie are just a few of the popular, superbly executed dishes that have made Ludivine’s reputation shine. If you’d like to have drinks with dinner, the bartenders at Ludivine serve up some of the best cocktails in the city. You can also browse the wine list or sample their variety of premium local, craft beers.
The farm-to-table concept is spreading across Oklahoma with exciting and tasty results like at The Bramble Breakfast & Bar in Tulsa. During the day, The Bramble shines as a short-order breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant focused on crafting traditional American and international dishes from locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients. At night, the restaurant shifts gears into a smartly laid out bar amply stocked with local brews, quality wines and craft cocktails.
The menu at Bramble changes with the seasons and includes breakfast staples like piggies & eggs, migas or khachapuri, an Eastern-European pull apart bread filled with cheese and eggs. At lunch enjoy favorites like five cheese mac & cheese, pork and beans with cornbread or the B.K.T. - bacon, kale and tomato salad. Conveniently located in the Blue Dome District, The Bramble is becoming a strong statement for the local and slow food movements in Oklahoma.
The Living Kitchen Farm & Dairy in Depew hosts farm-to-table dinner parties for groups of 15 to 40 people featuring ingredients grown or raised on the farm or other nearby farms. The seasonal menu varies from meal to meal and these dinner parties, held in a charming cabin on the farm grounds, become such a draw, it can be hard to get a reservation at the table. Nonetheless, chefs Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford have proven to be generous hosts and engaged members of the community.
Dinner parties always begin with a tour of the farm, giving diners a firsthand look into what’s going into their meal. Many of these dinners focus on a single ingredient at its peak like last year’s heirloom garlic dinner, where dishes highlighted different varieties of garlic. The Living Kitchen also presents themed meals like the Red Dirt dinner that focuses on traditional Oklahoma fare or dinners like the pig roast, where a local pig is roasted and incorporated into every dish in innovative ways. At the Living Kitchen you can engage all your senses while getting a refreshing taste of what living off the land truly means.
The Red Cup in Oklahoma City has long been a vibrant gathering place for vegetarians, vegans or anyone who enjoys a great cup of coffee. Conveniently located on North Classen with its signature mug propped up just so on the roof, The Red Cup has a relaxed atmosphere with a menu full of unique, daily specials and tried and true favorites. The Red Cup takes being a community café seriously by consistently providing artists, artisans and musicians an outlet for their work and acting as a venue for local events.
While the cuisine at the Red Cup is strictly plant-based, Chef Patrick Clark, aka Chef Beave, works hard at crafting a great menu filled with exciting dishes that showcase local farmers. For breakfast, try the popular breakfast burrito - gas station or taqueria style - biscuit & gravy or Mt. Saint Chorizo. Be sure to wash it down with a cup of their fair-trade, organic coffee. For lunch, dive into the GMO Free Toe Pie, house-made veggie burger, Mahatma's Revenge curry or local favorite, the Gringo 2.0 salad. Stop by anytime for any of their amazing cakes, muffins or scones, all made from scratch.
At The Earth Café & Deli, healthy, natural food is neither dull nor unimaginative. Using high quality, organic local ingredients (including herbs from their on-premises garden) the folks at this Norman community have created vegetarian and vegan dishes with a wide variety of flavor and texture for over 30 years. The tofu scramble or vegan biscuits with “soysage” gravy make for a satisfying breakfast with a cup of their premium, organic fair-trade coffee, while the popular fruit and vegetable smoothies are the perfect treat for any time of day.
Their award-winning, hearty veggie chili is great for lunch or dinner with a slice of quiche or a salad – just don’t forget to top your meal off with a delectable slice of lavender layer cake. The Earth’s modest, charming location on Flood Ave near the OU campus has been remodeled to better accommodate the many regulars, so make your way to this town favorite soon.
In the town of Tonkawa, near Ponca City in northern Oklahoma, TS Fork is building a reputation for its exciting and innovative approach to farm-to-table dining. Focusing on local ingredients and working with area farmers and vendors, chef/owner/operator Jeff Denton and his team provide weekend dining experiences that are unique, expertly crafted and, most importantly, delicious. Most weekends there is a different theme or featured cuisine such as comfort food, seafood or Irish cuisine, and all meals are shared by diners in a "common table" setting.
Seating at the weekly TS Fork meals is available by reservation only and features a prix fixe menu of five courses composed of fresh recipes inspired by locally sourced ingredients. Dishes like crowned lamb, baked sea bass, their specialty deviled eggs and many more are prepared with simplicity and skill. Also, make sure to sample their selection of local wines and beer, which are available at an additional cost. With the ever-changing menu and the focus on quality and seasonal freshness, TS Fork is a place you'll want to return to often.
Tucked away on the corner of Main and Santa Fe, Scratch Kitchen & Cocktails in Norman offers a made-from-scratch ala carte menu, giving patrons the option to mix-and-match their seasonal offerings. Pair the grass-fed flank steak with the 3-cheese pancetta mac or saddle up your coffee pork loin with the daily veggie. Scratch starters include spinach dip, Oklahoma Wagyu sliders or the Sooner State Board, a seasonal and locally sourced cheese and meat plate.
Scratch's commitment to local flavor extends to their drink menu, with the bar offering a well-curated selection of local beer and creative craft cocktails featuring fresh local ingredients, high-quality spirits and botanicals from the acclaimed apothecary, Bittercube. Quench your thirst with classics like the French 75, La Paloma, Gin Fizz and Whiskey Smash or dive into one of the house specialties like Et Tu, Brute, Scratch Irish Coffee, The VONB or Friends Like These.
Dedicated to helping customers navigate the challenges of healthy eating, Elote Café creates mouthwatering Mexican food using only local ingredients. Each element of the cuisine at Elote comes from a local farm or vendor, like Natural Farms, Java Dave’s Coffee, Lucy’s Tortillas, Thirst Wines and Marshall Brewing Company. Even the meats served come from a Bixby farm where livestock is raised on organic grain, and all menu items feature fresh herbs and spices from local farms.
While Elote Café offers delicious twists on traditional Mexican favorites made with pork, chicken and beef, it also caters to vegan and gluten-free diets. Their made-to-order guacamole will satisfy any palate, as will the tortilla soup, prepared with locally-grown tomatoes and onions. Meat lovers, on the other hand, are sure to be satisfied with culinary creations like puffy tacos, stuffed full with all-natural beef, pork or chicken. From the sweet corn tamales with cayenne honey sauce to the handmade margaritas, every meal is an adventure at Elote Café.
Just off the Mother Road, 116 Farmstead Market & Table in Luther offers up a delightful menu filled with down-home breakfast and lunch items, scratch-made to order and featuring locally sourced ingredients. Pair up the hearty early morning fare like the breakfast burrito, power panini, double-barrel oatmeal or homemade biscuit-based Lumberjack, with your favorite coffee drink, expertly prepared from locally roasted Eôté beans. At lunch, order a signature salad, check the blackboard for the daily special and soup or order up your favorite sandwich, made-to-order on 116's house-baked bread. This family-friendly restaurant also features a quality kid's menu, featuring pint-sized favorites like Silver Dollar Pancakes, PB&J, a cheese quesadilla and house-baked chicken nuggets.
After your meal, be sure and browse the well-stocked market to take home some of their house-made baked goods, whole-bean Eôté coffee, beef from the All Hat Ranch, fresh milk from Marak Farms, local free-range eggs, pastured-pork and seasonal produce.
Natural and wholesome is the guiding principle at the Rolling Fork Takery subway car in Broken Bow. This Hochatown eatery prepares fresh meals based on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, serving them up as to-go dishes, catered dinners or entrees best enjoyed on the heated back porch. At the Rolling Fork Takery, organic food makes its way into each handmade meal, from Oklahoma-grown greens and plump melons to Choice Angus beef and ripe cucumbers.
Call ahead or stop into Rolling Fork Takery for farm-to-fork artisan appetizers like garden salsa made in house or gourmet apricot jalapeño dip before diving into a bowl of loaded baked potato soup topped with real bacon bits or the traditional Hochatown cornbread salad, made with sweet corn off the cob, thick-cut bacon, sweet red pepper and hard-boiled egg whites. For the main feature, guests can choose between slow-smoked wings, savory sliders, gourmet street tacos and artisan sandwiches. Be sure to wash down all the farm-to-fork fare with a splash of housemade watermelon lemonade made with natural ingredients before finishing the meal with stuffed dates, protein balls, Little Dixie truffles or superfood dark chocolate medallions.
Southern comfort food hotspot the Beach House perfected the art of pasturing before sharing the family's Bristow-raised custom beef with the public in restaurant form. With homegrown fruits and vegetables planted on the family's 10 acres, the Beach House creates seasonal dishes based on what's in bloom, and extra produce makes its way to the local Bristow Chamber Farmers Market. At the Beach House, all ingredients not found on the family's farm come from other area farmers and fresh, farm-to-table sources.
Stop by the Beach House at breakfast, lunch or dinner, and peruse the seasonal specials, with ever-changing offerings based on nature's cycles. Come in for breakfast, and chow down on a hearty serving of steak and eggs. Cooked-to-order eggs mingle with stacks of Texas French toast, fried potatoes, sausage and bacon in the morning, while lunchtime options range from savory Wednesday night chicken fried steak sliders to patty melts, best enjoyed with added sides like grilled zucchini, Chapman mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Grilled sirloin tips and pork chops seasoned to taste round out the dinner menu, along with seasonal specials like beef stroganoff, strip steak served with twice-baked potato casserole, shrimp boil and Indian tacos.