Kumback Lunch

Review by: Jane & Michael Stern

Founded in 1926 in a town created by the 1893 Cherokee Strip land run, Kumback Lunch is the oldest cafe in Oklahoma with the same name and in the same location. So says the very informative menu, which also notes that among the interesting moments in Kumback history is the night in the early 1930s when gangster Pretty Boy Floyd came in brandishing a gun – not to rob the place, but to demand that proprietor Eddie Parker cook him the biggest steak in the house. Mr. Parker is something of a legend in these parts, known for giving free steak dinners to soldiers returning home after World War II as well as to sluggers on the town’s semi-pro baseball team every time one hit a home run.

We came mid-morning and had a meal that would elsewhere be known as brunch: a stack of brawny pancakes, a crisp-crusted chicken-fried steak, a swirly warm cinnamon roll, biscuits and sausage gravy, and a couple of pieces of lofty meringue pie. All homemade, all excellent. What a fine town-cafe meal!

Directions & Hours

625 Delaware, Perry, OK , (Get Directions)

What To Eat

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Chicken Fried Steak

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Cinnamon Roll

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Pancake Stack

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Chocolate Pie

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Coconut Pie

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One Response to “Kumback Lunch”

Jane & Michael Stern
Jane & Michael Stern

January 5th, 2008

We only dine at Kumback Lunch about once a year as we travel between Nebraska and Texas. But we keep coming back. I have had the chicken and noodles dish (delicious; the pasta seems homemade to me) and the short order of ribs (wonderful). However, I also have had the meatloaf (not so good). The meatloaf was sort of “pasty” and just not very good, although all other parts of the meal were tops. Be sure to have a slice of homemade pie; it is only $1.89 (in 2007) and is delicious also. A wide selection of pies can be found on a large chalkboard on the wall.

Food presentation is simple and basic; there are no frills here. You can judge the atmosphere from the photos; we like it. Every time we go, we find something on the wall that went unnoticed before. The waitstaff and customers are nice people. On more than one occasion we have had a local visit with us (“Where are you folks from?” and “Have a safe trip!”)

Is it perfect? No. But for hungry travelers along Interstate 35 north of Oklahoma City, it is still a good place to stop.

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