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Cattlemen's

1309 S. Agnew, Oklahoma City, OK - (405) 236-0416
Posted By Michael Stern on 12/23/2012 2:21:00 PM
Surrounded by the largest livestock trading center on earth, Cattlemen’s is the consummate western steak house. The original dining area maintains its old lunch counter, where brokers, haulers, and buyers come for breakfast of steak or brains and eggs starting at six a.m. In the South Dining Room, which was added in the 1950s, there are spacious upholstered booths; one entire wall features an immense, illuminated panoramic transparency of a herd of black angus cattle with two men on horseback watching over them. Curiously, the mounted cowherds are not dressed in buckaroo attire. They wear suits and ties, apparently to distinguish them from common cowboys who work for wages. These gents are cattle ranchers who can afford a blue-ribbon steak.

Top-of-the-line on Cattlemen’s menu is a sirloin steak as fancy as anything served on the white-clothed tables of New York’s steak row or in the premier beef houses of Chicago, Omaha, and Kansas City. You hardly need the steak knife provided -- a butter knife would do the job -- but it sure is mouth-watering to feel the keen steel glide through beef that, although tender, has real substance. This is beef with corn-fed character.

Two other specials worth knowing about: steak soup, which is lusty mahogany brown and crowded with vegetables, beef and lamb fries. The latter are testicles that are sliced, breaded, and deep fried. Gonads are a highly-regarded delicacy in much of the West; when young livestock is castrated on the range, it is traditional for cowboys to fry their harvest as a treat at the end of the day. Like much deep-fried food, it's breading that's the keynote flavor. The organ meat inside is moist and slightly sweet.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Presidential Cut Steak
Baked Potato
Steak Soup
Steak Burger
Strip Sirloin
House Salad
Lamb Fries
Dinner Roll
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With a name like Cattlemen's, it would make sense to order a steak, such as this strip sirloin.
"With a name like Cattlemen's, it would make sense to order a steak, such as this strip sirloin."
Cliff Strutz





The pepper steak is a small filet covered in a peppercorn sauce, with additional peppercorns on top.
"The pepper steak is a small filet covered in a peppercorn sauce, with additional peppercorns on top."
Cliff Strutz


A hearty, hearty appetizer: steak soup. It is loaded with meat and more vegetables than I could count.
"A hearty, hearty appetizer: steak soup. It is loaded with meat and more vegetables than I could count."
Michael Stern


Oklahoma may be the state with the most great hamburgers. Cheap or expensive, thick or thin, dressed or au naturel, Sooner State burgers are a large Roadfood topic unto themselves. The cattlemen's steak burger is one of more luxurious ones.
"Oklahoma may be the state with the most great hamburgers. Cheap or expensive, thick or thin, dressed or au naturel, Sooner State burgers are a large Roadfood topic unto themselves. The cattlemen's steak burger is one of more luxurious ones."
Michael Stern


The excellent T-Bone steak at Cattlemen's is known as the Presidential Choice.
"The excellent T-Bone steak at Cattlemen's is known as the Presidential Choice."
Cliff Strutz


A house salad comes with your steak. We highly recommend the garlicky, cheesy house dressing.
"A house salad comes with your steak. We highly recommend the garlicky, cheesy house dressing."
Cliff Strutz


Lamb fries, a.k.a. tendergroin, are a plush appetizer. Sitting at a table in the Cattlemen's Cafe one day plowing into a pile of them, I once commented to a cowboy friend that they reminded me of fried clams. He practically gagged. The idea of eating fried clams was, to him, repulsive.
"Lamb fries, a.k.a. tendergroin, are a plush appetizer. Sitting at a table in the Cattlemen's Cafe one day plowing into a pile of them, I once commented to a cowboy friend that they reminded me of fried clams. He practically gagged. The idea of eating fried clams was, to him, repulsive."
Michael Stern


One wall in the front dining room is decorated with this illuminated mural, showing a couple of gentlemen tending a herd of cows. In the back room, a similar lighted mural shows a herd of Herefords.
"One wall in the front dining room is decorated with this illuminated mural, showing a couple of gentlemen tending a herd of cows. In the back room, a similar lighted mural shows a herd of Herefords. "
Michael Stern


Enter Cattlemen's by pulling on one half of this longhorn door handle. The stockyards district, with great places to buy western wear and gear, is reflected in the glass.
"Enter Cattlemen's by pulling on one half of this longhorn door handle. The stockyards district, with great places to buy western wear and gear, is reflected in the glass."
Michael Stern


The less fancy side of Cattlemen's feels like a diner. But the food is blue-ribbon steak house fare.
"The less fancy side of Cattlemen's feels like a diner. But the food is blue-ribbon steak house fare."
Michael Stern


Outside the Cattlemen's, a group of gentlemen who have just had lunch discuss the cattle business.
"Outside the Cattlemen's, a group of gentlemen who have just had lunch discuss the cattle business."
Michael Stern


The original Cattlemen's restaurant opened in 1910.
"The original Cattlemen's restaurant opened in 1910."
Michael Stern


The loaded baked potato is pretty good, although I much prefer crisper French fries, cottage fries, or home fries.
"The loaded baked potato is pretty good, although I much prefer crisper French fries, cottage fries, or home fries."
Michael Stern


The dinner roll is freshly baked -- an ideal tool for sopping up steak gravy from the plate.
"The dinner roll is freshly baked -- an ideal tool for sopping up steak gravy from the plate."
Michael Stern


Would you like a few greens with your salad dressing? This creamy, garlicky cheese dressing is probably not what nutrition nannies have in mind when they tell us to eat more salads, but it does have a super-rich appeal, especially with the crisp, garlicky tiles of toasted bread that come alongside.
"Would you like a few greens with your salad dressing? This creamy, garlicky cheese dressing is probably not what nutrition nannies have in mind when they tell us to eat more salads, but it does have a super-rich appeal, especially with the crisp, garlicky tiles of toasted bread that come alongside."
Michael Stern


If you need to shop for just about anything in the world of cattle-raising, you can find it here: saddles and tack, boots and hats, and, of course, great steak dinners.
"If you need to shop for just about anything in the world of cattle-raising, you can find it here: saddles and tack, boots and hats, and, of course, great steak dinners."
Michael Stern



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