Kumback Lunch

Hamburgers | Small Town Café | Steak
Worth a detour

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!

What to Eat
Kumback Lunch, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
A featured item on both the breakfast and lunch/dinner menu, chicken fried steak is rugged and dark-crusted. Normally, it comes with the gravy on top, but to better appreciate the crust, we asked for it on the side and spooned it on forkful by forkful.
Kumback Lunch, Cinnamon Roll
Cinnamon Roll
Kumback Lunch cinnamon rolls are made every morning. While not huge and goopy, they have an enchanting frail glaze on top and are deeply satisfying.
Kumback Lunch, Pancake Stack
Pancake Stack
Pancakes are sold singly or in stacks of two or three. They are served with a large squeeze bottle of warm syrup.
Kumback Lunch, Chocolate Pie
Chocolate Pie
This is a milk-chocolate pie with nursery-food character.
Kumback Lunch, Coconut Pie
Coconut Pie
The meringue on this coconut pie is one of the lightest and most elegant we have ever encountered. Other pies available the day we visited early in October included custard, banana, peach, pecan, cherry, lemon, and pumpkin.
Directions and Hours
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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