Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie
Tue, 05/8/12 8:35 AM
Monday April 23, 2012 (cont.) The Meers Store is a destination restaurant, that people seem willing to drive great distances to come visit. The town of Meers itself is so small, it doesn't appear on most maps. On the Meers Store website, it says the town population is the six members of the Maranto family, eight cats and a dog. We had heard that there is usually a line to eat here, so we decided to arrive when they opened. Getting here a few minutes early gave us a chance to look around a little bit. The outside of the building is charmingly rundown, which is surely how they like it. We appreciated this sign, which reminds people not to leave their pets in the hot Oklahoma sun. They even have a shaded kennel area on the side of the building. We had read that there was longhorn cattle across the street from the restaurant, but instead we saw these beautiful horses. When they opened up at 10:30, we were the first customers through the door. Apparently, too early, as most of the staff was sitting down at tables eating. The inside restaurant is pretty much a continuation of what you saw on the outside. They have obviously added on many times and I think there is supposed to be seven different levels. The floors here are astonishingly uneven and you have to watch your step everywhere you go. We walked around for a few minutes trying to find the seat which would allow the best light for taking photos, eventually giving up and grabbing a table in the center of a comfortable looking room near the kitchen. The menu, which comes in the form of an old mining camp newspaper, is pages long. But, most people come here for the famous Meersburger. The meat for the burgers is 97% lean grass fed Longhorn beef from their own private herd. Longhorn beef is supposed to be lower in cholesterol. Unless you specify otherwise, the burgers will be cooked medium well and have mustard, dill pickle, tomato, lettuce and purple onions as toppings. If you get the Meerscheeseburger, the only choice for cheese is American. They do have their lingo here. If you order the burger the way it is recommended, it is called a cowboy burger. If you want mayo on it instead of mustard, this is known as the sissy burger. If you replace it with ketchup, this is the Yankee Burger. They believe that ketchup belongs on fries, not beef. And if you want mustard, ketchup and mayo, they state on the menu, "These poor souls are confused." We started off the meal with frickles, a.k.a. fried pickles. Oddly enough, they use bread-and-butter pickles. It had a very thick, highly seasoned outside coat and these were absolutely addictive. That is standard ranch dressing on the side for dipping. As you can see, the food here is served in wide, tin pans. And drinks come in Texas sized mason jars. Both Johnny and I ordered the Meerscheeseburger, which is a 1/2 lb. of meat and served on a bun seven inches across. This would normally be a handful, but they conveniently cut it into fourths. This burger was moist, lean and flavorful on a real nice soft bun. The freshness of the toppings also came through. Another excellent burger! Despite how big the burger was, we couldn't say no to dessert. Johnny ordered the cherry cobbler, little knowing what he was getting himself into. This picture doesn't truly show just how big this bowl is, but those are four regular scoops of vanilla ice cream on top. BTW, the ice cream used here is homemade. I would have loved to help Johnny on his dessert, but I had my hands full with the equally big banana pudding. Had we known, we would have just split one dessert. As it was, neither one of us were able to finish, despite how good both desserts were. We did have an interesting experience while at Meers Store. Not long after we placed our order, a woman came into the room we were sitting in, looked around and then informed us that we might want to move because she had a couple of vans of what she called mentally challenged adults that were going to take over the room. We were quite happy where we were, so we stayed and they soon filled up every table around us. They were a group that rode down from Chickasha and this was obviously a big event for them. Everyone was very nice and we quickly became part of the group. When they all sang happy birthday to Nadine, we joined right in. Kelly, the woman who was in charge, went around to took photos of all the tables and I made sure she took a photo of us, too. They took great interest in Johnny and I and when it came out that we were eating our way around Oklahoma, this got everyone excited and we now had a whole bunch of new suggestions. When I mentioned Jake's Rib in Chickasha, they said that Roy's BBQ in town was much better. Meers Store Highway 115 Meers, OK 580-429-8051 The area around Meers is beautiful and this is a part of Oklahoma I hadn't seen before. There are lakes, hills and the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge. Unfortunately, our next destination closed at two and we had a long drive ahead, so we weren't able to explore more. But, we couldn't help but pull over and take some photos when we saw buffalo. Much more to come.....
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