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By Oklahoma Tourism Staff
From down-home comfort, to 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 get started on a culinary adventure.
Oklahoma’s Little Italy
You’ll find four tasty 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 a signature menu items or products. At Pete’s, it’s the Choc beer; at Isle of Capri, it’s the Kentucky bourbon pecan pie. Roseanna’s boasts a wonderful steak and pepper dinner, and Lovera’s has incomparably scrumptious homemade Italian summer sausage.
Homemade, home cooked and full of comfort, take a bite of the fare at these tasty diners and you’ll be planning a return trip before you can shout out, “Kiss my grits.” 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.
Located in the popular Blue Dome District in Tulsa, the Blue Dome Diner serves traditional favorites such as fluffy blueberry pancakes while reinterpreting other diner dishes with original flair. For instance, a seared veggie sandwich with lemon aioli is kept down-home honest with fried potatoes.
Are you a locavore? If you’re just as concerned about where your food comes from as you are about how it looks and tastes, chances are you’ve become an adherent of a relatively new, but booming, philosophy that focuses on the consumption of locally grown and produced food. Luckily, there are several restaurants and markets that offer local fare that helps support Oklahoma farmers and ranchers.
In Oklahoma City, Nonna’s Euro-American Restorante and Bar, Irma’s Burger Shack and Prairie Thunder Baking Company are a few tasty choices that feature local ingredients and seasonal specials. If you’re in the Tulsa area, check out Elote Café, The Local Table, Thyme – An American Bistro, or The Canebrake in Wagoner.
If seasonal, locally-grown goodness is what you crave; community farmers markets and U-pick farms across the state may also be up your alley. Order a free copy of Oklahoma Agritourism’s Land Bounty Guide to map out your next foodie adventure.
For more of the state’s most delectable delights, check out the 2011-2012 Discover Oklahoma Destination Dining Guide and read about 120 must-eat restaurants from the experts on the Discover Oklahoma television show. Both the Land Bounty and Destination Dining Guides can be ordered for free on www.TravelOK.com.