It’s no secret that Oklahoma is home to amazing restaurants that serve mouthwatering food. We’ve featured dozens (hundreds?) of great options throughout the year that everyone in Oklahoma should visit and now we’ve compiled a dining bucket list. Here are 23 of the best eateries that you will want to dine at in 2017.
1. White Dog Hill - 22901 N. Route 66, Clinton
White Dog Hill Restaurant in Clinton, Oklahoma, is the perfect place to go to take you a million miles away from the busyness of life. It’s situated on a hill and offers panoramic prairie views, amazing sunsets, incredible food and a nostalgic atmosphere. As they say at White Dog Hill, “Come for the view, stay for the food.”
2. Cattlemen’s Steakhouse - 309 S Agnew Avenue, Oklahoma City
This list wouldn't be complete without the oldest operating restaurant in Oklahoma - Cattlemen's Steakhouse. Famous for their history and mouthwatering steaks, this restaurant draws in visitors from around the globe and is a must-visit in 2017.
3. Bob’s Pig Shop- 829 N Ash Street, Pauls Valley
Bob's Pig Shop has been an Oklahoma favorite since 1933. You'll feel right at home in the rustic atmosphere, while eating the mouthwatering bbq or Tex-Mex served at Bob's Pig Shop.
4. Blue Rose Cafe - 1924 S. Riverside Drive, Tulsa
One of the best places to go in Oklahoma to enjoy a riverfront view is Blue Rose Cafe in Tulsa. The restaurant overlooks the Arkansas River and is the perfect place to go when you’re looking for an unforgettable setting with breathtaking views.
5. Chase’s BBQ Shack - 1122 8th Street, Woodward
Oklahomans love their bbq and one of their favorites is Chase's BBQ Shack in Woodward. Order your meat by the pound, in a sandwich or a plate portion with 2 sides. Either way, you'll still want more to take home with you. Sides include potato salad, coleslaw or cowboy beans. If you love burnt ends, they serve some of the best!
6. Clanton’s Cafe - 319 E Illinois Avenue, Vinita
The best place to find the state's meal, chicken fried steak, is at Clanton's Cafe in Vinita. They have been featured on "Man vs. Food Nation" and "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." It is the oldest continually owned family restaurant on Route 66 in the state of Oklahoma.
7. Eischen’s Bar - 109 N 2nd Street, Okarche,
The oldest bar in Oklahoma, Eischen's, has some of the best fried chicken in the state. You get a great mix of history and fabulous fare at Eischen's Bar
8. Frank & Lola’s Neighborhood Restaurant & Bar - 200 E 2nd Street # 1, Bartlesville
This downtown Bartlesville restaurant is a favorite local spot. They serve fresh, never frozen, locally-sourced beef that makes their American cuisine top-notch. The modern decor consists of local art and the Saturday night live music makes for a great atmosphere in this historic downtown area of Bartlesville.
9. The Rock House - 52060 Blackjack Ridge Drive, Talihina
The Rock House is famous for their aged, hand-carved Angus steaks. You will also enjoy the house made rolls, pastas, seafood and salads, and with a view of the surrounding mountains from every table, your meal will be epic.
10. Jiggs Smokehouse - 22203 N Frontage Road, Clinton
Jigg’s Smokehouse has been smokin’ barbecue for Oklahomans for over 38 years and has gained a stellar worldwide reputation for their tasty bbq. Jiggs is located in the town of Clinton along Route 66, and although it’s located in the middle of nowhere – it’s so worth the journey.
11. Kendall’s Restaurant - 100 S Main Street, Noble
For homestyle cooking and a family-friendly atmosphere, Kendall's is the place. The chicken fried steak, chicken strips, burgers and catfish are some of the favorites on the menu.
12. Kumback Cafe - 625 Delaware, Perry
Kumback Cafe in Perry is known by locals as "the" place to go in town. This historic cafe opened in 1926 and the historical atmosphere is enjoyed by patrons year after year.
13. Leo’s Barbecue - 3631 North Kelley Avenue, Oklahoma City
Voted the best bbq joint in Oklahoma in 2016 by Thrillst.com, Leo's Barbecue is the place to go for mouthwatering bbq in the state. The restaurant has been located in a refurbished gas station since 1974 and they still serve their secret bbq sauce alongside their award-winning smoked meats.
14. Meers Restaurant & Store - 26005 State Highway 115, Meers
In 1901 a little burger joint opened up to feed all the hungry miners, and although the town dwindled away over the years, the restaurant survived. Meers Store & Restaurant might be the only thing left in town, but it has become world famous for its Meersburger and is known as the “Best Burger In Oklahoma.”
15. Nic’s Grill - 1201 N Pennsylvania Avenue, Oklahoma City
This iconic Oklahoma City burger joint might be small but the burgers are mighty. It was awarded the #2 spot on Top 10 Burger Joints in the US. When you visit, be prepared for a wait for these delectable burgers.
16. Patrono Italian Restaurant - 305 N Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
MSN Lifestyle recently voted on the best restaurant in every state and Patrono Italian took the title for Oklahoma. It has 4 stars on Yelp, 4.5 bubbles on TripAdvisor and was named by Eater as one of the hottest new restaurants in OKC in 2015. It’s only been open a little over a year, but has gathered quite a following in its short time…and you’ll see why after visiting.
17. Polly Anna Cafe - 902 Main Street, Woodward
The William's family has been treating patrons like family since it first opened as Polly Anna's in 1953. They serve all your favorite American dishes, so the next time you're in Woodward, give Polly Anna's a try!
18. Sam & Ellas Chicken Palace - 419 N Muskogee Avenue, Tahlequah
Located in Cherokee County, Sam & Ella's offers some of the best pizza that will melt in your mouth. Topped with fresh cheese, delicious sauce and fresh toppings, this pizza is a must try for any pizza lover.
19. Shad’s Catfish Hole - 462700 E 1140 Road, Sallisaw
Shad's Catfish Corner is the perfect place for catfish lovers to dine. Enjoy all-you-can-eat catfish, along with shrimp, fried chicken and steak. And to top it off, coleslaw, brown beans, hushpuppies, pickles and onions come with every meal.
20. Smokin Joe’s Rib Ranch - 3165 Jollyville Road, Davis
Smokin' Joes is not just an RV park, but a rib ranch that is amazing. Any barbecue connoisseur will give Smokin' Joes a big thumbs up for the amazing food served.
21. Southern Belle Restaurant - 821 Highway 59 North, Heavener
Southern Belle is a restaurant that is housed in a refurbished 1901 passenger car train. You’ll find some of the best chicken dinners in the state, along with the most delicious homemade desserts. Take a drive out to Heavener and hop onboard the Southern Belle for a dining experience to remember.
22. Warehouse Willy’s - 300 Dewey Avenue, Poteau
This iconic steakhouse is nestled in the heart of little Poteau. Famous for its top-notch cut of meats, Warehouse Willy's serves some of the best steaks in the state...some would say even the country. Don't miss the superb sides to go along with your meat, such as the stuffed mushrooms or the mudbugs (fried crawfish).
23. Yokozuna - 309 E 2nd Street, Tulsa
OpenTable named Yokozuna Downtown Tulsa one of the Top 100 Hottest Restaurants in America for 2016. Diners love the experience along with the amazing Asian dishes, including the sushi bar in the heart of the Blue Dome District.