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Rock Cafe

114 W. Main St., Stroud, OK - (918) 968-3990
Posted By Stan Morgan on 7/19/2009 1:19:00 PM
Don't waste your time or money. While this small cafe has been nicely remodeled following their fire, the staff seems to take for granted their customers, the food quality, and the value of their food.

Let's start with service. We waited over 50 minutes for four sandwiches and a chicken fried steak order. Never were offered drink refills without asking and were only given any silverware if we requested it. They had six staff members working, most of whom stood at the counter and talked to each other.

Okay, now the food. The alligator burger was only $4.25, but was very small. The flavor of the meat was overpowered by the peppers in the mix. The Reuben was good enough and of decent size, but the buffalo burger was very small and not really special in any way.

That leaves value. All I can say here is, do not order any sides. An order of fried green tomatoes is $1.75 and includes two small end slices only. When asked if they missed part of the order the waitress smiled and said no.

Overall, a very disappointing experience. After nearly $45 spent, we had to stop and get food somewhere else. Never leave your customers hungry.

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The European dumplings known as spaetzel are here used as the basis for a dish similar to loaded hash browns, i.e. mixed with peppers and tomatoes and topped with two kinds of cheese – Monterey jack and mozzarella. The difference is that the dumplings are firm and chewy and extra buttery.
"The European dumplings known as spaetzel are here used as the basis for a dish similar to loaded hash browns, i.e. mixed with peppers and tomatoes and topped with two kinds of cheese – Monterey jack and mozzarella. The difference is that the dumplings are firm and chewy and extra buttery."
Michael Stern





Here's a fine Route 66 Breakfast: chicken-fried steak with gravy, hash browns, and a couple of sunnyside-up eggs. The steak is unique because it is made not from beef, but from a pork cutlet.
"Here's a fine Route 66 Breakfast: chicken-fried steak with gravy, hash browns, and a couple of sunnyside-up eggs. The steak is unique because it is made not from beef, but from a pork cutlet."
Michael Stern


The old interior was a cozy spot to come for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since the fire, the kitchen has been moved and seating capacity has doubled.
"The old interior was a cozy spot to come for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Since the fire, the kitchen has been moved and seating capacity has doubled."
Michael Stern


Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Cafe, this place is one-of-a-kind.
"Not to be confused with the Hard Rock Cafe, this place is one-of-a-kind."
Michael Stern


Served very hot, these beignets had a hard, crunchy exterior, with a soft, dense inside.  We would definitely order them again.
"Served very hot, these beignets had a hard, crunchy exterior, with a soft, dense inside. We would definitely order them again."
Cliff Strutz


When grilling potatoes, there is no substitute for a well-seasoned griddle or good old cast-iron frying pan. The proof is in Rock Cafe's hash browns, which are cooked on the restaurant's 70-year-old griddle. It is hard to describe the flavor it imparts, but it seems to make the potatoes glow with deep, rich character.
"When grilling potatoes, there is no substitute for a well-seasoned griddle or good old cast-iron frying pan. The proof is in Rock Cafe's hash browns, which are cooked on the restaurant's 70-year-old griddle. It is hard to describe the flavor it imparts, but it seems to make the potatoes glow with deep, rich character."
Michael Stern


The thick apple streusel crepes were a hit with my cousin who ordered them.
"The thick apple streusel crepes were a hit with my cousin who ordered them. "
Cliff Strutz


The new interior of Rock Cafe is spacious and attractive.  A group of locals exchange laughs over cups of coffee.
"The new interior of Rock Cafe is spacious and attractive. A group of locals exchange laughs over cups of coffee."
Cliff Strutz


Rock Cafe's owner Dawn Welch is believed to be the inspiration behind Sally Carrera, the blue Porsche in the movie Cars.
"Rock Cafe's owner Dawn Welch is believed to be the inspiration behind Sally Carrera, the blue Porsche in the movie Cars."
Cliff Strutz


Here is one good-looking cheeseburger that tastes good, too, for two main reasons: First, the beef is fresh and fatty enough to yield maximum juiciness; second, the griddle on which it cooks has been used for more than seven decades, giving everything that touches it a kind of edible authority … which is a fancy way to say it is delish.
"Here is one good-looking cheeseburger that tastes good, too, for two main reasons: First, the beef is fresh and fatty enough to yield maximum juiciness; second, the griddle on which it cooks has been used for more than seven decades, giving everything that touches it a kind of edible authority … which is a fancy way to say it is delish."
Michael Stern


Dawn Welch is proprietor, chef, dining-room ringmaster, and all-around good host.
"Dawn Welch is proprietor, chef, dining-room ringmaster, and all-around good host."
Michael Stern


The Rock Cafe's recipe file
"The Rock Cafe's recipe file"
Michael Stern


The Rock Cafe has been a Route 66 landmark since 1939.
"The Rock Cafe has been a Route 66 landmark since 1939."
Michael Stern


The secret to most of what's good on the menu is the kitchen's vintage griddle.
"The secret to most of what's good on the menu is the kitchen's vintage griddle."
Michael Stern


Rock Cafe's sauerkraut begins as ordinary stuff, like any of us would buy at the supermarket, but it takes on a special savor when chef Dawn Welch cooks it for a while on her grill. The warmth, the depth of flavor, the occasional bit of crispness elevate it to extraordinary.
"Rock Cafe's sauerkraut begins as ordinary stuff, like any of us would buy at the supermarket, but it takes on a special savor when chef Dawn Welch cooks it for a while on her grill. The warmth, the depth of flavor, the occasional bit of crispness elevate it to extraordinary."
Michael Stern



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