It’s not hard to find delicious restaurants in the Sooner State, but it might be a challenge to find ones that are filled with local history and character. Many restaurants come and go but the ones that have been around for years, have something special that keeps patrons coming back year after year. If you’re looking for these local gems that also serve amazing food, check out these 10 delicious restaurants in Oklahoma filled with local history.
1. Hamburger Inn, Ardmore
Generations of Oklahomans have been enjoying the delicious burgers made by Hamburger Inn in Ardmore. Don't let their small size fool you...if you haven't had an onion burger at this spot, you're missing out on one of the best burgers in the state. Address: 27 N Washington St., Ardmore, OK 73401.
2. The Spudder, Tulsa
Oklahoma has a rich history in the oil industry and The Spudder in Tulsa proudly displays this history inside and outside of the restaurant. The Spudder opened in 1976 and they not only serve amazing steaks, but the decor is sure to please any history buff. Address: 6536 E 50th St., Tulsa, OK 74145.
3. Ann's Chicken Fry House, Oklahoma City
The history of Ann's Chicken Fry House began in 1948 when it started as a service station along Route 66. The station added a restaurant called Three Bulls Steakhouse but changed the name four years later to Ann's Chicken Fry House. For some of the best chicken fried steak in the world, Ann's is the place to go. Address: 4106 NW 39th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73112.
4. Eskimo Joe's, Stillwater
Eskimo Joe's has been an iconic place and brand for Oklahomans since it opened its doors as a bar in 1975. The restaurant was added in 1984 and their delicious food has been bringing people to Stillwater to enjoy this fun place ever since. Address: 501 W Elm Ave., Stillwater, OK 74074.
5. The Old Plantation Restaurant, Medicine Park
The Old Plantation is located in historic Medicine Park and was built in 1910. It was restored in 2008 but you still feel and see the history all around this amazing restaurant. The menu is full of options that include steaks, burgers and seafood. Address: 40 E Lake Dr., Medicine Park, OK 73557
6. Hammett House Restaurant, Claremore
In 1969 a 20-year dream came true for Mrs. LaNelle Hammett when she opened the doors to Hammett House in Claremore. The restaurant has food as close to home cookin' as you can get and desserts to die for. Address: 1616 W Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore, OK 74017.
7. Murphy's Steak House, Bartlesville
Since its opening in 1946 locals have been raving about the amazing hot hamburger - a burger served open faced on white bread and covered with fries and brown gravy all over. The casual dining and friendly staff will make you feel welcome from the moment you walk in. Address: 1625 SW Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74003.
8. Kumback Cafe, 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. Address: 625 Delaware, Perry, OK 73077.
9. Cattlemen's Steakhouse, 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. Address: 309 S Agnew Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73108.
10. Pete's Place, Krebs
Located in southeast Oklahoma, Pete's Place has been wowing its customers since 1925 with its amazing Italian food. The family recipes have been passed down from generation to generation and the cozy restaurant will make you feel right at home. Address: 120 SW 8th, Krebs, OK 74554.
What is your favorite historic restaurant in Oklahoma? Let us know what you would add to this list in the comments.