Saturday May 24 cont.
Not getting too much sleep the night before, I decided a quick nap was exactly what I needed. But, I was only asleep a short time when my cell phone rang, with my worried mother on the other end. Apparently, there was a series of tornadoes about an hour north of OKC. So, I turned on the tv and watched the news for a little while. I believe the final count was six tornadoes, but luckily, no one got hurt, which amazes me. I also count my blessings that I decided to head west to Jiggs Smoke House
and not north to Perry and Kumback Lunch
, since the tornadoes were in that area.
Now that I was up, I drove to the wonderful National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. This was my first time here and I was extremely impressed. It is every bit as much an art gallery as it is a museum. Here are some huge sculptures that sit near the front entrance.
Lots of interesting displays on famous cowboys, real and from movies, like Tom Mix, who was born not far from where I live.
I particularly liked this room, which had a great old western feel.
While I was in the museum, I missed a call from wanderingjew
, who also knew I was in Oklahoma and wanted to check on me, which I appreciated. As he was telling me about his weekend in Maine, I pulled up at Leo's Barbecue
, only to find it wasn't open.
They said they were closed for renovations. The sign directs you to their other location downtown.
I have to tell you, I didn't like the place right away. I'm guessing 2/3 of the tables needed bussing and there were no clean tables to sit at. I finally found a seat that only had cake crumbs laying around, so I sat there. There seemed to be only one waiter for a fairly big room, so service was painfully slow. Here is what I ended up with, the chopped beef brisket dinner.
Unfortunately, this was awful! The beef had big globs of fat, to the point it seemed there was almost as much fat as anything else. Now, I don't expect the meat to be perfectly lean, nor would I want it to be. But this was just way too much fat. The macaroni salad tasted like it was from the local supermarket. At least the spicy beans were good.
We also had to wait several minutes for the cake, since it wasn't ready, yet. But, this was worth waiting for.
Still, I give Leo's
a thumbs down. Too bad!
After returning to the hotel for a few minutes, I found a local sport bar to watch the hockey game. The game stunk and the food (a bowl of potato soup and a dozen wings) was nothing memorable.
Back to the hotel for the night.
Much more to come.....