Oklahoma is known for delicious food, but truthfully I think the best food comes from the “mom and pop” restaurants that serve divine home cooked meals. Whether it’s the extra added touches, the fresh ingredients or a friendly smile from the owner, these locally-owned dining establishments will make you feel like you’re right at home. Here are 11 “mom and pop” restaurants in the Sooner State that serve a home cooked meal to die for:
1. The Boundary on 66, Luther
This Route 66 icon serves up some of the best bbq on the Mother Road. You'll feel right at home as you enjoy some ribs, brisket, smoked turkey and Texas toast.
2. Mandy's Cafe, Shidler
Cowboys and cowgirls will love the western feel at this cozy cafe in Shidler. Choose from daily specials, homemade pies and a variety of other delicious items on the menu.
3. The Hungry Frog Diner, Oklahoma City
Whether you're looking for a place that serves breakfast all day long or a delicious chicken fried steak, The Hungry Frog can take care of you. If you're going for the breakfast, make sure to try the extra fluffy pancakes...they're spectacular!
4. Savoy Restaurant, Tulsa
Savoy Restaurant has been serving the Tulsa community since 1925 and offers one of the best cinnamon rolls you can find in the state. They serve breakfast and lunch and the high quality of food keeps patrons coming back, year after year.
5. Waylan's Ku-Ku Burgers, Miami
Waylan's is an iconic Route 66 burger joint that has been serving up one of the best burgers on the Mother Road since the 1960s. The nostalgia and homey feel are added bonuses to the mouthwatering burgers and fries served by Waylan's.
6. Papa Angelo's Pizzeria, Bethany
Papa Angelo's Pizzeria serves spectacular New York-style pizza in a family-friendly atmosphere. This "mom and pop" shop gives its customers extra care and attention and only serve what they would eat themselves...mouthwatering pizza.
7. The Greek House, Norman
After three decades of being owned by the same family, The Greek House is now owned by a new family - one that continues with its superb food, atmosphere and service. For delicious gyros and a "mom and pop" Greek atmosphere, head to Norman and experience a little piece of Greece.
8. Bob's Pig Shop, 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.
9. Polly Anna Cafe, 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!
10. Phill's Diner, Tulsa
You'll feel right at home when you dine at Phill's Diner in Tulsa. This diner offers a small-town diner feel while serving up some delicious homemade treats. What's one you must try? Of course, it's the cherry pie!
11. Vito's Ristorante, Oklahoma City
Vito's Ristorante, a family-style Italian restaurant, serves delectable, traditional Italian dishes. As they say at Vito's, "When you walk in my door, you're not just a customer; you're part of my family!"
What’s your favorite “mom and pop” restaurant in Oklahoma? What makes it special?