Restaurants in Oklahoma

No state has more varieties of good hamburger than Oklahoma, from the onion-fried burgers that perfume the town of El Reno to the chopped-up “hot hamburger” of Bartlesville. Old Route 66, which ran down towns’ main streets from the Missouri border through Tulsa and Oklahoma City, has been pretty much replaced by I-40, which bypasses everything; but there are plenty of patches of the old Mother Road to explore, and more than a few surviving restaurants that sing of the old days. Oklahoma City’s “Stockyard City” has everything from cowboy hat shops to a rattlesnake museum; and of its places to eat, the shining star is Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. It is the oldest restaurant in the state and still a gathering place for people in the beef business. For the rest of us, it is an opportunity to eat great cowboy steak preceded by an appetizer of Rocky Mountain oysters. All along the old highway are cafes that serve chicken fried steak (some of it darn good), as well as barbecue parlors and smoke houses that make memorable jerky.

Oklahoma’s Most Famous Dishes

Quartet of soft, round-top dinner rolls, still stuck together from the bake-pan

Dinner Roll

Porterhouse steak, sliced and ready to eat


Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.


Baked potato heaped with BBQ, cheese, butter and sour cream

Baked Potato

Great Oklahoma Recipes

Oklahoma City Cheese Grits

Oklahoma Onion-Fried Burger


Oklahoma’s Best Restaurants

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