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Dining in Oklahoma – Food Fests, BBQ & Wine

From Tulsa to Oklahoma City and everywhere in between, Oklahoma is filled with mouthwatering food options including barbecue, Mexican or your favorite comfort foods steeped with good ole southern hospitality. When visiting the Panhandle State, check out some of Oklahoma's best eateries and restaurants serving up heavenly entrees and signature cocktails. Satisfy your appetite at an upscale bistro or a fast food truck coming to a neighborhood near you.

Release Your Inner Foodie in Oklahoma

Oklahomans are quick to let you know their home state features some of the country’s best barbecue, family-friendly food festivals, and tons of fun-filled foodie tours. One of OK’s most prized dishes is celebrated in earnest at the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival, held annually in El Reno on the first Saturday in May.

When visiting Oklahoma City, enjoy a tasty dinner at Cattlemen’s Café, an Oklahoma icon. This local favorite has served some of the best steaks from celebrities to presidents. Popular favorites at this OKC steakhouse include, Cattlemen’s famous lamb fries, signature burger or the Presidential Choice T-Bone, named after President George H. Bush during his visit in the early 1990s.

You don’t have to travel to NYC to dine in Little Italy, as Oklahoma has one of its own. Now known as Oklahoma’s Little Italy, the eastern neighborhood of Krebs is filled with the best Italian restaurants serving pasta to gelato. Pete’s Place serves up heaping platters of Italian classics such as old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs, or homemade ravioli and lasagna for over 90 years.

Over in the south, take in the local music and nightlife scene at Two Frogs Grill in Ardmore. With regional Cajun flavors, spicy seafood and tender ribs, get down to some classic rock-n-roll and country tunes while you enjoy the grub.

Over in the northeast town of Claremore, stop in at the Hammett House Restaurant, a local staple since the 1960s. Serving up classic American comfort foods such as freshly-cut steaks, old-fashioned burgers, sandwiches, and hot mashed potato rolls, their real prized delicacy is their made from scratch pies.

When in the Panhandle, the sophisticated Enid restaurant, Panevino Wine & Tapas, is a must for delicious small plates and savory entrees. They serve over 100 wines by the bottle ranging from sparkling whites to spicy reds for you to pair with their sinful dishes.

Ike’s Chili House in Tulsa has been serving award-winning chili for over 100-years. Order it “straight” or over spaghetti, and enjoy the delicious simplicity of the original recipe with crackers. Coney dogs, Frito chili pies, and loaded fries are also available to hungry travelers looking for hearty dishes.

Oklahoma BBQ

When describing the Sooner State, rolling hills, and BBQ go hand in hand. The meat is falling off the bone in metro areas like Tulsa, Norman, Moore, and Lawton, as top-rated restaurants like Van’s Pig Stand, Burn Co. Barbecue, and Bad Brad’s offer up some of the tangiest and spiciest BBQ in the state. If smoked meats, baked beans, cornbread and mashed potatoes are what you crave, the fine state of Oklahoma is home to some of the country’s best BBQ.

If you’re traveling through OKC, make sure to grab a bite at Earl’s Rib Palace just north of midtown. Over two decades old, Earl’s is beloved by Okies across the state for its dedication to great BBQ and its friendly, casual atmosphere. Over in Central Park, Iron Starr Urban Barbecue offers a more upscale BBQ experience, but still just as smoky and flavorful. Bad Brad’s Bar-B-Q, with locations in Yukon and Stillwater, serves up finger licking good food; so, don’t be fooled by its name. Also featuring multiple locations, Van’s Pig Stand has been serving up family recipes BBQ since 1930. Van’s features locations in Norman, Shawnee, Moore, and Purcell, giving BBQ-lovers venturing through OK more than enough chances to grab some brisket.

Tulsa travelers will find their fair share of delicious cuts and tangy goodness as well. One of the city’s most beloved BBQ joints, Burn Co BBQ offers up some of the best grub this side of the Arkansas River, featuring smoked-to-perfection meats and all your favorite sides. Featuring a humble exterior, and a cozy interior, John and Cook’s Real Pit Bar-B-Que may not seem quite like much at first glance, but Lawton residents will surely let you know these guys know their BBQ. Open since 1936, John and Cook’s have generations of expertise on their side. Come taste for yourself!

A Tour of Oklahoma Wineries

Make the most of your next visit to Oklahoma with a tour and some tastings at any of these local wineries. While Oklahoma may not be famous for its wines – yet – the scene is booming and ready to make your stay in the Sooner State more than memorable.

Travel to the southern region of Oklahoma and visit top wine producers like Woods & Waters Winery, or Girls Gone Wine. Moonfeather Winery, near Guthrie, hosts weekend tours and tastings, by appointment only. Woodland Park Vineyards & Winery is a family-owned and operated wine producer, known for some of the best red wines in and around Stillwater.

When your visit to Oklahoma has you exploring the panhandle of the northwestern region, be sure to check out Indian Creek Village Winery. Offering daily tours and wine tastings, Indian Creek Village also has an on-site restaurant. Head for the northeastern region of the state and visit any or all of these premier wineries and vineyards. StableRidge Vineyards features a restored 1902 Catholic Church as their tasting room, and Nuyaka Creek Winery is located in a forested region of the state, yielding unique bouquets and full flavors.