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We knew there had to be great food in Oklahoma. After all, it is where the Pioneer Woman resides. The Sooner State is home to some excellent burgers, steak, and chili, as well as a dive bar located right on historic Route 66. We’ve got Oklahoma all laid out for you on our first annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Are you one of those people who spell out “Oklahoma” like the title song of the musical? Sing the state’s praises instead after viewing our extensive slideshow featuring culinary standouts from Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and many other hidden gems.
After comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs, we’ve been able to make definitive slideshows celebrating the best food and drink in every state, and you can find our Oklahoma slideshow here.
Best Bar: Edna’s, Oklahoma City
The claim to fame for Edna’s in Oklahoma City is that it’s “home of the original Lunchbox.” However, it’s not the kind of lunchbox you’re thinking of. Edna’s Lunchbox is a signature cocktail made of Coors Light, an amaretto shot, and a splash of orange juice. The food menu also includes the option to “Lunchbox up” your sweet potato fries by drizzling amaretto-infused marshmallow sauce on top and adding almonds.
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Best Burger: Nic’s Grill, Oklahoma City
Grab a seat at the counter in the diminutive Nic’s Grill, joining the hordes of other pilgrims who line up here daily, and watch chef-owner Justin “Nic” Nicholas work his burger magic. He forms passive patties by hand and sears them on a hot griddle, and if you order yours (as encouraged) “with cheese and everything” it’ll be served with plenty of cheese, griddled onions, pickles, mustard, mayo, and ketchup on a perfectly steamed bun. If you’re looking for a slightly more elevated experience, the burgers served at Nicholas’ new Nic’s Diner and Lounge across town are also spectacular. Find more details on Nic’s Grill here.
Best Chili: Ike’s, Tulsa
Since 1908, Ike’s has served the best chili in Tulsa right off of Route 66. While the restaurant moved into its current location in 2014, it still has that lived-in feel with a long counter and no-frills dining room, and you still get the impression that once-regular customer Will Rogers can walk in at any minute. Their famous chili, which commands a very loyal following, is all-beef, spicy, and hearty as can be. You can order it “straight,” with spaghetti, with beans, or mixed with macaroni and cheese, and you really can’t go wrong.
Best Chinese Restaurant: Chow’s, Oklahoma City
This modest storefront is hiding a showstopper of a Chinese restaurant, serving a pleasing mix of Americanized favorites and traditional Chinese fare. If you’re in the mood for takeout staples like General Tso’s chicken, sweet and sour pork, pepper steak, barbecue pork, and Hunan shrimp, you can depend on Chow’s renditions being fresh and flavorful, but if you venture outside of your comfort zone and sample the fried quail, salt and pepper squid, pork belly with preserved vegetables, ma po tofu, or beef stew hot pot, you’ll be amply rewarded. If you’re looking to get really adventurous, there’s pork stomach and intestines, duck feet, cold jellyfish, and tripe. It’s BYOB, so be sure you bring something along. Find more details on Chow’s here.
Best Cupcake: Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy, Oklahoma City
An intricate swirling structure of frosting atop a moist, freshly baked cupcake from Pinkitzel Cupcakes & Candy is guaranteed to please. This bakery not only makes some of the most gourmet cupcakes around, it also sells more than 100 varieties of loose candy, making it the ultimate sweet house in Oklahoma City. As for the cupcakes, indulge in the Birthday Party — a vanilla cake with a pink almond buttercream and pastel sprinkles — for a treat that will make you feel like every day is your special day.
Best Dive Bar: Grady’s 66 Pub
Located on historic Route 66 in Yukon, Grady’s 66 Pub has everything you want in a dive bar and not much else. The 16-ounce bottles of Bud Light are cheap and cold, the dart boards are well-used, and there’s live music on many nights. Catch some tunes, drink some brews, and have the time of your life.
Best Doughnut: Polar Donuts, Oklahoma City
Don’t let the hilarious names such as Strong Pimp Hands (an apple-cinnamon filled bear claw) and Camel Toes (two doughnut squares glued together with a cherry filling) put you off this great doughnut shop. It opens at 5 a.m., and it’s the best place in Oklahoma to pick up a warm, buttery doughnut for breakfast.
Best Farmers Market: Cherry St. Farmers Market, Tulsa
Every Saturday from April through October, the Cherry Street Market comes to life. The market boasts more than 80 vendors, more than 75 percent of which are Oklahoma farmers selling produce. Visitors can enjoy live music and free health screenings, too. At the end of the season, Cherry Street hosts a special Farm to Table Dinner fundraiser with top local chefs and local growers.
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Best Food Truck: Chef Ray’s Street Eats, Oklahoma City
The interesting thing about Chef Ray’s Street Eats is the fact that in addition to its highly praised standards like chicken and waffles (hand breaded, buttermilk fried), Okie Cheesesteaks (slow-cooked pork shoulder with onions, peppers, mushrooms, and cheese on a fresh hoagie roll), and signature banana pudding, Chef Ray will also cook up “anything from simple, finger foods to elegant culinary delights.” That’s because it doesn’t matter what the specific dish is — if it’s coming from Ray, it’s guaranteed to be delicious.
Best Grocery Store: Crest Fresh Market
According to its website, Crest Fresh Market is the “Home of Rock Bottom Prices,” a fact its shoppers absolutely love. A Google reviewer recently posted, “You have to go to Crest in OK. The most well stocked grocery store with the kindest staff. Unlike the other big name stores, this one still feels family oriented. They always run great specials as well.”
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Best Irish Pub: Kilkenny's Irish Pub, Tulsa
Kilkenny’s Irish Pub is one of Tulsa's most popular hangouts. The vibe is comfortable and cozy thanks to its abundance of dark wood paneling and collection of Irish memorabilia. With great service, an expansive beer selection, and a wide variety of Irish whiskey, you can’t go wrong with this place. While there, explore the long menu of Irish and American pub staples.
Best Italian Restaurant: Stella, Oklahoma City
This elegant OKC hotspot has been going strong since industry veteran Lori Burson first opened the doors in 2010. You’ll feel at home here whether you’re eating a pizza in shorts or osso bucco for two in your Sunday best, and nearly every table orders a pasta.
Best Mexican Restaurant: Tarahumara’s Mexican Café & Cantina, Norman
If you’re looking for Oklahoma’s best Mexican food, drive south from Oklahoma City until you reach Norman and pull into Tarahumara’s, a charming family-owned cantina. The hearty, rustic Mexican fare here is made with high-quality ingredients from recipes that date back generations. Make sure you try the spectacular chicken mole, tamales, enchiladas suizas, super-tender pork ribs in red chile sauce, and rich chile Colorado.
Most Expensive Restaurant: Red PrimeSteak, Oklahoma City
This upscale OKC destination is the best place in town for a nice steak, and it’s also the most expensive restaurant in the whole state. Crab cakes cost $18; steaks range from $33 (for a 10-ounce sirloin) to $53 (for a dry-aged grass-fed rib-eye); and there are plenty of “market price” items like lobster tails and fresh daily seafood.
Best Pasta Dish: Sausage Pasta at Stella, Oklahoma City
Every guest should try the pasta at this swank Oklahoma City eatery, and the one to get is the first pasta listed on the menu, called simply “Sausage Pasta.” The sausage is homemade, and it’s served with campanelle pasta, mushrooms, red wine sauce, and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Best Pizza: Empire Slice House, Oklahoma City
This super-hip pizza spot and beer garden is a fun time through and through; it’s always a party in here, and the pizzas are made with care and precision but are also so creative as to be ingenious. Look past the silly names like Notorious PIG (bacon, pepperoni, sausage, capicola, and Canadian bacon) and The Midnight Cowboy (barbecue marinara, mozzarella, cheddar, feta, brisket, roasted poblano, red onion, and barbecue sriracha) and you’ll discover that these pies (several of which are available by the slice) are downright awesome. Make sure you try the Figgy Stardust, with basil pesto, fresh mozzarella, figs, chicken, and prosciutto.
Best Sandwich: Macaroni Pony at The Mule, Oklahoma City
“Hot melts and cold beer” is the name of the game at this super-popular OKC restaurant and bar, and as that might imply, the star of the menu is the selection of 12 “sandies.” The very first one on the menu is the one you should order: the Macaroni Pony, chipotle barbecue pulled pork, three-cheese mac and cheese, and pickles on two thick slices of toasted jalapeño cornbread. We want to shake the hand of whatever evil genius invented this one.
Best Soup: Chicken Tortilla Soup at Cheever’s Café, Oklahoma City
This popular Oklahoma City hotspot has been an upscale destination since 2000, best known for its homey Southwest-inspired fare. The chicken tortilla soup is creamy, slightly spicy, loaded with chicken, and topped with fresh-fried tortilla strips, and is hearty and immensely satisfying.
Best Steakhouse: Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, Oklahoma City
Not to be confused with Cattleman’s Steakhouse down in Texas or any of the other restaurants with the same name across the country, this 104-year-old gem, located in the heart of famed Stockyards City, is Oklahoma City’s oldest continually operating restaurant. The no-frills temple to the noble steer is as popular with cowboy-hatted locals as it is with former president George H. W. Bush when he’s in town. One look at what’s on everybody’s plate — beef, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner — will tell you what this place is all about, as will the giant illuminated photo of grazing cattle along the back wall. The beef here is sourced locally, aged "according to a closely guarded house secret," the website says, portioned out on premises, broiled under an intense charcoal fire, and served with natural jus. Go for the T-bone after your appetizer of lamb fries (don’t be afraid, they’re good), and finish it off with a slice of homemade pie. Now that’s a country steak dinner we can hang our hats on.
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Best Taco: Green Chile Pork from Big Truck Tacos, Oklahoma City
One of OKC’s most popular food trucks now has three trucks and a brick-and-mortar location, and it’s putting a twist on traditional Mexican street food. Get there early to avoid the lines, and take your pick from specialties including The Rancher (brisket, sautéed mushrooms, onions, potatoes, and escabeche); Okie-Wahoo (tilapia, sweet chili jicama-cabbage slaw and green onions); and Borracho Chicken (spice-rubbed beer-can chicken, spicy tomato sauce, onion, and cilantro). But if you’re only going to try one taco, make it the Green Chile Pork with slow-roasted pork, Hatch green chiles, queso fresco, onions, and cilantro. It’s a classic Southwest dish, and these guys do it right. For more states, check out our ultimate guide to the best food and drink in every state for 2018.