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Country Dove Tea Room

610 W. 3rd St., Elk City, OK - (580) 225-7028
Posted By Michael Stern on 9/15/2013 7:19:00 AM
Oklahoma's best-known foods are beef, burgers, barbecue, and catfish – all of them rugged and bold. But if you travel west to Elk City, you will find the Country Dove Tea Room and a completely different kind of meal: ladies lunch. It is served in a charming little place that is, in fact, a 1920s-vintage country home, where meals share the spotlight with an inventory of country décor and crafts and a large selection of Christian books for sale.

Gentle food, served with grace and good manners: creamed soups accompanied by heart-shaped muffins and honey butter; little squares of Jell-O here known as "Jell-O salad" because they come positioned on a lettuce leaf. The house specialty is chicken-avocado salad, which is the two elements pulverized together with mayonnaise and served on either a croissant or grilled wheat bun. The day's special when we stopped in was "Mexican Fiesta" – a mild-mannered casserole with a south-of-the-border twist.

It is such a nice, polite, repertoire of dishes … until you get to dessert and French silk pie, which is a powerhouse: lasciviously chocolaty, smooth, dense, topped with a frothy ribbon of whipped cream and mounted on a plush nut crust. Alternative desserts include almond pound cake with lemon curd sauce and New York cheesecake.

Proprietors Glenna Hollis and Kay Farmer originally opened for business some 30 years ago, but not as a restaurant. Country Dove was strictly retail country décor. But business was slow; and one day a woman passing through said to them, "You girls need to put in a tea room." She advised, "Do not use iceberg lettuce" and provided the recipe for raisin bran muffins and the chicken-avocado salad. Kay had some experience in food service, having been a soda jerk at her father's lunch counter, and the recipe for the awe-inspiring French silk pie was provided by her mother. Now that old Route 66 is such a tourist attraction and Elk City has become a destination for its grand-scale National Route 66 Museum, the little restaurant attracts tourists from all over the country and the world.

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Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Luxurious, lascivious, and wickedly delicious, French silk pie is the best-known specialty of the house.
"Luxurious, lascivious, and wickedly delicious, French silk pie is the best-known specialty of the house."
Michael Stern





A 'Delite Plate' includes a sandwich, a cup nof soup, a muffin with honey butter, and Jell-O.
"A 'Delite Plate' includes a sandwich, a cup nof soup, a muffin with honey butter, and Jell-O."
Michael Stern


Chicken-avocado salad dates back to the beginning of the Country Dove Tea Room.
"Chicken-avocado salad dates back to the beginning of the Country Dove Tea Room."
Michael Stern


Jell-O salad is available as a side dish with the meal or, for 85 cents, as dessert.
"Jell-O salad is available as a side dish with the meal or, for 85 cents, as dessert."
Michael Stern


No need for fancy Wolf or Viking range here. Cooking at the Country Dove is done on this simple four-burner stove.
"No need for fancy Wolf or Viking range here. Cooking at the Country Dove is done on this simple four-burner stove."
Michael Stern


Of course, tea at the Country Dove Tea Room is served with style.
"Of course, tea at the Country Dove Tea Room is served with style."
Michael Stern


Co-owner Kay Farmer shows off everybody's favorite dessert: French Silk Pie.
"Co-owner Kay Farmer shows off everybody's favorite dessert: French Silk Pie."
Michael Stern


Just a short drive from the National Route 66 Museum, this charming little eatery serves lunch Monday through Saturday and is open for tea later in the afternoon.
"Just a short drive from the National Route 66 Museum, this charming little eatery serves lunch Monday through Saturday and is open for tea later in the afternoon."
Michael Stern


Water is presented in a pretty glass with a Flexi-Straw.
"Water is presented in a pretty glass with a Flexi-Straw."
Michael Stern


With a dab of honey butter, this muffin is quintessential ladies lunch fare.
"With a dab of honey butter, this muffin is quintessential ladies lunch fare."
Michael Stern


A cup of creamy vegetable soup is accompanied by these tea room delights: freshly made chicken salad, heart-shaped toast, and a square of tangy lemon jello.
"A cup of creamy vegetable soup is accompanied by these tea room delights: freshly made chicken salad, heart-shaped toast, and a square of tangy lemon jello."
Chris & Amy Ayers


This smooth chicken salad, spread on a flaky croissant, is made uniquely green by the addition of creamy avocados.
"This smooth chicken salad, spread on a flaky croissant, is made uniquely green by the addition of creamy avocados. "
Chris & Amy Ayers


This French silk pie is very light and creamy, poured into a crust that resembles crushed pecan sandies cookies.
"This French silk pie is very light and creamy, poured into a crust that resembles crushed pecan sandies cookies."
Chris & Amy Ayers


Fresh lemonade, complete with lemon slice, cherry, and bendy straw, caps the Country Dove experience.
"Fresh lemonade, complete with lemon slice, cherry, and bendy straw, caps the Country Dove experience."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The Country Dove is actually an old house, so you'll feel like you're eating in a friend's dining room.
"The Country Dove is actually an old house, so you'll feel like you're eating in a friend's dining room."
Chris & Amy Ayers


The Country Dove Gift Shop is open 9:00-5:30, but the Tea Room is only open for lunch from 11:00-2:00.
"The Country Dove Gift Shop is open 9:00-5:30, but the Tea Room is only open for lunch from 11:00-2:00."
Chris & Amy Ayers



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