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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/06 14:54:35 (permalink)
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Thanks so much for the detailed response.  That is disappointing that they didn't give you extra cinnamon rolls for the road, especially considering you weren't able to take anything else.  I will have to visit the Fairway Stroud's someday, just out of curiousity sake.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/06 16:14:04 (permalink)
Not worth making a special trip.
 
The food is fine, but the building lacks the history and charm of both the original which it replaced, and the Oak Manor location up north.  If you're in the neighborhood and want fried chicken, and you don't want to drive up north, you should definitely stop in at the Fairway spot.  If you're staying up north by the airport, stick with the Manor.  Same food, better ambiance.
 
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Sunday April 22, 2012 (cont.)
 
While still out driving around, I wanted to visit the Oklahoma state capitol building, which is famous for having an oil well right on the grounds. 
 

With this being late Sunday afternoon, the building itself was closed, so we couldn't visit the inside.  Also on the capitol grounds was a lawn area covered with small American flags. 

We had to walk over to see it and it certainly made for some interesting photos.  Apparently, we weren't the only ones who thought so, as these young ladies were taking photos of an equally young man dressed in a suit. 

Both Johnny and I speculated that this had to be some kind of campaign publicity shots.  Maybe cousin Johnny should run for office in Oklahoma!

 
This had been a busy day, so we went back to the hotel and relaxed for several hours.  Since our dinner destination, Cattlemen's Steakhouse is open until 10:00PM, this allowed us to have a late dinner, which we both like.  Located in the stockyards section of the city, Cattlemen's has been in business over 100 years.  We got there earlier enough where we could still get a nice daylight shot of the outside of the building. 

And the front door handle is a Roadfood classic!

 
Before being seated, the young host asked if we wanted smoking or non-smoking.  I can't remember the last time I was asked that question, but it has been quite a few years.  We were escorted into the back dining room, which was mostly big, plush, comfortable booths. 

Just behind us was a glass encased area,

which is where the smoking section was.  One of my favorite thing about Cattlemen's is the large murals.  They have two of them (that I know) of cattle and cowboys,

only the cowboys are dressed up in suits.
 
Both of us started our meals with the steak soup. 

This soup was really thick and could have almost passed for a beef stew.  It did have lots of vegetables and tender chunks of meat and is the perfect appetizer.  Salads also come with the meal, starring their house dressing. 

The ingredients are a bit of a secret, but it tastes garlicky and cheesy and is delicious.  There was also a basket of regular bread on the table,

which I ignored.  Johnny broke up some of the hard, crusty style of bread into small pieces and used them as croutons on his salad.  Much better were the warm, soft rolls that came with dinner.

 
For our steaks (there was never any thought to not getting steaks), Johnny ordered the peppered steak. 

This was a filet, covered with a tasty peppercorn sauce, with additional peppercorns sprinkled on top.  While he did enjoy the sauce, he thought the filet was on the small side and I would agree.  He would have much preferred to have a different cut of meat with the peppercorn sauce.  He did enjoy the baked potato, which came with plenty of butter and sour cream.  We both split an order of the mushrooms,

which was in a light wine sauce and proved to be a good compliment to our steaks. 
 
I went with a filet mignon, which was wrapped in bacon. 


This was a decent size filet and tasted just fine.  In case anyone cares, Johnny gets his steaks medium rare, while I prefer medium and we both were pleased temperature-wise.  Instead of a baked potato, I decided on fries and when our waiter asked if I wanted gravy with the fries, I said yes.  The fries were well done and extra crispy. 

I was expecting the gravy to be the typical brown gravy that comes with fries back home but instead, it was the whitish cream gravy. 

I had a good time dragging my fries through the gravy and this was a really good side dish.
 
You would think after all this food, we wouldn't be able to eat dessert, but we have been mostly pie deprived up 'til now.  Johnny liked his pie more than I did.  His coconut

came with a tall meringue and tons of toasted coconut on top.  My chocolate pie

had a mild chocolate flavor, plus looked and tasted mass produced.
 
Some people might be wondering if we ordered the famous lamb fries.  No, we did not.  I had tried them on previous trips and Johnny wanted no part of them.  I didn't think it was my place to try and talk him into it.
 
Our waiter was a nice enough guy, but being young, he was just a little too laid back.  Since it was dark by the time we left, I was able to get a shot of the neon on the way out. 

One additional note:  now that Johnny has eaten here, he has visited the three Cattlemen's that have been reviewed in Roadfood books, including the one in Fort Worth and the one outside El Paso.
 
Cattlemen's
1309 S Agnew
Oklahoma City, OK
405-236-0416
 
Straight back to the hotel for the night.
 
Much more to come.....       
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 12:22:07 (permalink)
Monday April 23, 2012
 
Oklahoma just might be the best state in the the country for burgers.  And this was the day we were going to try to prove it.  Before leaving the hotel, the friendly desk clerk asked what we had planned for the day.  I told her we were starting off with a drive down to Chickasha.  She corrected my pronunciation by saying that it is Chicki(shay), not the Chicki(shaw) I said.  No doubt, there are towns and cities all over the country that I have been mispronouncing for years!
 
Our first stop of the day was at J & W Grill, a tiny red and white building in the middle of downtown Chickasha. 

At first, my heart skipped a beat when I saw the closed sign in the window, but we could see there were lots of people inside, so they must have forgotten to remove the sign.  Their lot is small and there were no spots left, so we had park a short distance down the street.  As we started walking towards the place, a big pickup with huge wheels came down the street, driving onto the sidewalk and parking there.  I couldn't wait to see who got out of the truck, assuming it would be some big, tough looking guy.  Instead, it was a young high school girl who looked more like the prom queen.
 
The inside only has 16 seats, all at the counter. 

When they get busy and no seats are available, you can relax on this great looking black and red chair, 

Luckily for us, two seats near the grill were open, so we could watch the cook in action.
 
Even though it was only 9:00AM and everyone else was eating breakfast, they were happy to make us a couple of burgers.  And here at J & W Grill, burgers mean onion burgers.  It was opened in 1957 by a man who got his training in El Reno, so we knew what to expect.  Knowing the daunting day ahead of us, we both kept it simple by ordering small burgers.  We watched our burgers sizzling on the grill, between the pancakes, ham and hash browns. 

Soon, the buns were placed on top of the meat patties for a short amount of time to steam them. 

They got quite a routine here.  In a short amount of time, we had our burgers, loaded with carmelized onions, topped with pickle only.  We both oooohed and aaaawed and how good these were. 


The burgers had a nice outside char, excellent moist flavor and the onions were infused into the beef even more than the places we visited the day before.  This was clearly the best onion burger I have ever had.  Both of us washed down our burgers with a root beer.
 
The man at the grill was owner Darren Cook, a big bear of a man.  We did have a little difficulty with his Oklahoma accent, but that might have been because his back was to us most of the time, working at the grill.  Nevertheless, he was a great guy to talk to.  He told us how he used to have a paper route past the building, started working here at 12 and eventually bought the place.  How could you not root for a guy like that?   I did try to get a photo of Darren, but didn't want to bother him while he was working.  So, here he is at the grill. 

While we were talking, he asked where we were from and the usual questions.  We told him the day was mostly going to be about eating burgers and Meers Store was next.  He told us we would really like Meers Store and their owner and his wife came into J & W Grill regularly.  Not surprised at all.
 
Even though all we ate was the burgers, we couldn't help but notice how good all the food looked.  You could serve this

ham breakfast up to me anytime!
 
J & W Grill
501 W.Choctaw Avenue
Chickasha, OK
405-224-9912
 
We continued south towards the tiny town of Meers.
 
Much more to come.....
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 12:37:16 (permalink)
You're killing me with those burgers.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 13:07:47 (permalink)
Looking over the segments coming up, it did strike me just how little a variety of food there was on this trip.  Although Johnny and I ate extremely well, it doesn't make for a very exciting or interesting trip report.  Sorry for the repetitiveness of the burgers and barbecue, plus fried chicken and steaks. 
 
I'm not sorry about all the pie we ate.  I will never apologize for pie! 
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 13:28:00 (permalink)
Sorry for what exactly?  For the really interesting and infromative trip report with the great pictures of delciious looking food?  I don't think so.  I don't care if there are 20 more pictures of onion burgers.  Keep them coming!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 13:36:58 (permalink)
Really, BB? Loving this report, as always!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 14:34:13 (permalink)
I am sorry that I wasn't able to join you for more of the burgers....or see the look in your eye when you saw that CLOSED sign with me in the car! :-)
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/07 15:24:02 (permalink)
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Oh, don't worry.  As soon as we saw the closed sign, your name came up immediately!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 08:35:47 (permalink)
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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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 09:37:24 (permalink)
I'm lovin' this BB. A plethora of my favourite type of burger. Very nice.
 
Is this the home town of Vincent Maranto??

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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 11:43:32 (permalink)
I want that cherry cobbler!!!!!!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 12:01:59 (permalink)
Man, that cobbler and that banana pudding both look gorgeous.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 12:07:20 (permalink)
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I want that cherry cobbler!!!!!!
You better bring the whole family to help you eat it all!
 
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My photos of the cobbler were all turning out terrible, so I picked up and took it to another table next to a window to get that shot.  Poor Johnny, his ice cream is melting and I am carrying his dessert around the restaurant.

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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 12:24:43 (permalink)
You're killing me with those burgers. How would you like it if I posted photo-after-photo of pies you couldn't reach?
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 13:14:23 (permalink)
Monday April 23, 2012 (cont.)
 
When it comes to the planning of these trips, I usually take care of it.  This is because I enjoy it and Johnny is always way too busy with work.  On this trip, Johnny came with a list of places he wouldn't mind visiting because he saw them on one of the food tv shows.  A few of them were already on my list, but several others I hadn't known about.  One of those places was The Diner in Norman, so we decided to squeeze it in.
 
Located on a busy main drag through the downtown area,

they close at 2:00PM everyday.  They are known for their breakfasts and their chili, which is why we were here.  As soon as we walked in, an energetic young lady

greeted us with a big smile.  When Johnny said he saw the show on tv and we were here to try the chili, she immediately scooped out two samples for us to try.

As we dug in,she informed us that The Diner was a two-time Oklahoma state chili champion.  And we could taste why, because it was excellent.
 
This, of course, led to larger bowls of chili and she asked if we wanted cheese on top.  Now, who is going to say no to that? 

I am certainly no chili expert, but I would call this a dry chili, because there was almost no liquid at all.  Still, it was heavy on moist meat, with a complex flavor.  There are a lot of different seasonings going on there.  And the more we ate, the spicier it got.
 
The interior is long and narrow, with counter seats and booths against the wall. 

The Diner is over 100 years old and there is no question they are doing things right.  And our service could not have been better.  When she found out I was from PIttsburgh, she wanted to talk hockey.  Her favorite team is the Colorado Avalanche, which alos meant she hated the Detroit Red Wings.  But, her all-time favorite player was Brendan Shanahan, who used to play for the Red Wings.  She even named her son Brendan.  Who would have guessed I would be talking hockey with a waitress in Oklahoma?
 
The Diner
213 E. Main Street
Norman, OK
405-329-6642
 
 
We checked out the area outside the restaurant and came across an attractive old theater. 

Damn, we missed the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band by one day!  Even better, they have a statue of Norman's own James Garner,

dressed up as his famous tv character Maverick.
 
Norman is also the home to the University of Oklahoma, so I took advantage of being here and visited the bookstore to buy a Sooners t-shirt and a sweatshirt.  Having a few moments, we walked around the campus a bit.   On the side of the football stadium, they had a series of statues

of football legends, such as Billy Sims

and Bud Wilkinson.

 
By the way, the traffic we experienced in and around Norman was by far the worst on the entire trip.  It seemed to take forever to get back onto the highway.  Anyway, we continued on, heading east towards Shawnee.
 
Much more to come..... 
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 13:23:00 (permalink)
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You're killing me with those burgers. How would you like it if I posted photo-after-photo of pies you couldn't reach?
Good news!  Only four of five burger joints left!
 
davwud-
You got me with Vincent Maranto.  Who is that?  And thank you for the kind comments. 
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 13:50:23 (permalink)
Possibly Vince Maranto the comedian?
 
Although on the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly" there's a character named "Vince Maranto", played by veteran actor Louis Mustillo.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 14:17:00 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman

You're killing me with those burgers. How would you like it if I posted photo-after-photo of pies you couldn't reach?
Good news!  Only four of five burger joints left!

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You got me with Vincent Maranto.  Who is that?  And thank you for the kind comments. 

The chicken got it.
Vincent (Vince) Maranto is indeed a character on Mike and Molly. The show is great and he's part of why. There are a few fringe characters (like him) that have no filter. They say what's on their mind. Very funny stuff if you like that kinda thing.
 
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Monday April 23, 2012 (cont.)
 
Once arriving in Shawnee, we made our way to the Hamburger King


The outside could use a coat of paint, but it looks like they recently repainted the signs on their windows.  The inside has both booths and counter seats. 

Being in business since 1927, Hamburger King exudes Roadfood atmosphere.  On the back wall, they have a great photograph of original owner George Macsas with musician Bob Wills and actor Jack Hoxie. 

At each booth, they have a telephone for calling in your order.
 
 
At this point, Johnny and I were starting to get full.  So, we finally wised up and decided to split a cheeseburger.  Here is the burger portion of the menu. 

When I picked up the phone to call the kitchen, you don't hear any kind of dialtone or ringing, so you aren't really sure if it is working or not.  I stayed on the phone for several minutes and watched as several employees walked around the kitchen not answering the phone.  It was at about this time Johnny took a photo of me waiting,

not so patiently.  After what seemed like a long time to me, I hung up and moved to the booth behind us to try their phone.  And no one was picking up that phone either.  Finally, I got a waitresses attention and asked why the phones weren't working.  She gave me a bored look and went over and answered the kitchen phone.  So, here is this woman 20 feet away from me and I am on the phone giving her our order.  The whole thing just seemed silly to me.  I have enjoyed this system of ordering in the past, but this time it was a problem.  Luckily, the service got much better from here.
 
The first item out was the frito pie. 

We thought this dish was kind of greasy, with a mild chili.  It was fine at first, but didn't taste nearly as good after it cooled down.  We ordered the cheeseburger basket, which means it came with potato wedges. 

We both liked these big, crispy coated fries, especially the creamy interior.  Johnny said it reminded him of what they call western fries back in Baltimore.  The burger itself was a disappointment.  First, the bun and toppings to meat ratio was way off. 

We should have gotten a double meat to balance it out.  The beef also tasted dry and Johnny did not like the bun.  This was the burger we least enjoyed on our trip.  But, to be fair, this was our third burger of the day and we were close to being burgered out.  I do think it necessary to give the burger here another try someday.
 
They do have homemade pie

and who are we to say no?  Johnny took the banana cream. 

The filling was a gloppy mess, but Johnny admired the excellent thin, flaky crust.  It tasted too much like a bad banana pudding to me.  My slice, fruit salad pie,

was something neither one of us had seen before.  We knew ahead of time that it would be canned fruit cocktail, plus there were some cut up banana bits.  The inside filling reminded Johnny of a strawberry glaze.  Along with that impressive crust, this pie turned out be much more successful than expected.
 
Hamburger King
322 E. Main Street
Shawnee, OK
405-878-0488
 
Since we were already in Shawnee, we debated whether or not there was enough appetite left for the other classic Roadfood restaurant in town, Van's Pig Stand.
 
Much more to come.....
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 17:39:29 (permalink)
BB:  As usual, I totally enjoyed your travel journal, food stops, pics and interest in the things that surround you.  You make a wonderful read. Chili, burgers, steaks, veggies, pies and desserts and much much more.
 
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 18:03:17 (permalink)
Buffetbuster has the best reviews out there; great pics too.  I enjoy all the reviews on Roadfood, but I always look forward to BB's reviews, except for his un-natural liking for anything with banana in it. 
 
Thanks for another great set of reviews!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 19:50:20 (permalink)
Thank you to Paul and the grillman for the generous comments.
 
The Grillman-
Bananas are one of those foods I am always surprised to read that someone doesn't like.  But, people look at me funny when I tell them I don't like cheesecake.  Sorry to say there are still quite a few banana desserts coming.  Just hide your eyes!
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 20:14:15 (permalink)
This report has been great so far!  I've enjoyed all of it.  And I know where to eat next time I go to Oklahoma!
 
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/08 23:32:25 (permalink)
buffetbuster

Thank you to Paul and the grillman for the generous comments.

The Grillman-
Bananas are one of those foods I am always surprised to read that someone doesn't like.  But, people look at me funny when I tell them I don't like cheesecake.  Sorry to say there are still quite a few banana desserts coming.  Just hide your eyes!

 
Sorry, bananas are one of the few foods I don't relish.  It's not even a real fruit.  Think about it; real fruit has juice.  You can have orange juice, apple, grape, cherry, apricot, peach, pineapple, strawberry, berry, grapefruit, watermelon and cantaloupe (ah, agua fresca)  even tomato (somewhat of a fruit); but when was the last time you heard of someone sitting down at the diner and ordering a glass of banana juice for breakfast?  Can't happen....
 
oh, you can have SMOOTHIES; but not juice.  It's just not right.  And the texture just creeps me out.
now, I'm done hijacking the thread; back the discussion of the trip.
 
good job, BB.
 
 


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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/09 07:34:37 (permalink)
Louis-
It is always a pleasure to hear from you!  Sorry we missed each other during the Nashville trip a few months ago.
 
The Grillman-
You make a good case, but I'm going to keep eating banana pudding and banana cream pie anyway!  I do understand about texture though.  There sure aren't many foods I don't like, but the ones I don't are usually because of texture.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/09 07:52:31 (permalink)
Great report, Buffetbuster.....looking forward to more...thanks! That fruit cocktail pie looked good to me.
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/09 08:01:09 (permalink)
Monday April 23, 2012 (cont.)
 
On one of my early Roadfood trips over a decade ago, I stopped at both Jake's Rib in Chickasha and Van's Pig Stand in Shawnee and thought they were very good.  Unfortunately, I have never been able to revisit either one.  Now, here we were in Shawnee and I really wanted Johnny to be able to try at least one of them.  So, we talked ourselves into at least splitting a sandwich or something.  This was probably a mistake.....
 
Van's still looks great,

including the wonderful pig shaped neon sign. 

There is also a similar painted pig on the back fence in the parking lot. 

The inside is clean, comfortable and attractive

to anyone who loves wood and lots of it.  The booths are tall-backed, with lots of graffiti.

 
Of course, once we got inside and looked at the menu, our eyes were hungrier than our stomaches and we ordered more food than we said we would.  A two meat combo was agreed upon, with Johnny choosing the ribs and me ordering the pork. 

The ribs were fine, but nothing special. 

The meat did tear away easily from the bone, but I thought it needed sauce.  Actually, Johnny liked them better than I did.  The coarse textured, lightly sauced pork was more my taste and had really good piggy flavor.  Speaking of the sauce, it was on the sweet side and we both liked it.  Side #1, the fried okra was just average, but the other side was what they call a Vanized baked potato. 

This is a twice baked potato, with a strong bacon flavor and we could detect some onion in there, too.  No doubt, this was a hit with both of us.
 
Since we were here in the middle of the afternoon, we basically had the place to ourselves.  In the back dining room they had a nice fireplace, plus photographs of all the local high school cheerleading squads over the years. 

It was interesting to see how much clothes and hairstyles have changed.
 
Van's Pig Stand
717 E.Highland
Shawnee, OK
405-273-8704 
 
The food at Van's is very good and it deserves a better review than I am probably giving it here.  Truthfully, we were just too full to really appreciate it.  It had been a long day already, so we headed back to the hotel to catch up on some rest before dinner.  We still had one more Roadfood stop before leaving central Oklahoma.
 
Much more to come.....   
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/05/09 08:05:05
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Re:Burgers, Barbecue and Pie 2012/05/09 10:41:27 (permalink)
leethebard

Great report, Buffetbuster.....looking forward to more...thanks! That fruit cocktail pie looked good to me.
Thanks Lee.  That pie turned out much better than any pie made with fruit cocktail should have!

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