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Oklahoma Foodie Culture

Food Fests, BBQ & More

The Panhandle State is known for a few things: rolling plains, rodeos, and roaming bison. Though some might argue it’s got some pretty good eats as well, and if you don’t know, then now you know.

True, 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.

For instance, festival-bound visitors would be remiss not planning their itinerary around events like the Oklahoma State Fair, taking place in September in Oklahoma City, or the Tulsa Oktoberfest.

Similarly, 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.

No festival going on during your visit? No worries; check out downtown Oklahoma City, where a host of excellent BBQ restaurants line the sidewalks, including favorites like Earl’s Rib Palace and Iron Starr Urban Barbecue.

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.

Even better, let an local expert show you the best places to grub on one of the state’s excellent foodie-friendly tours. Foodie Foot Tours is one of the best in OKC, while there are tons of winery tours available all across the state, from the Great Plains to the hills of the southeast.

Oklahoma Food Tours

Food Fests, BBQ & More

The Panhandle State is known for a few things: rolling plains, rodeos, and roaming bison. Though some might argue it’s got some pretty good eats as well, and if you don’t know, then now you know.

True, 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.

For instance, festival-bound visitors would be remiss not planning their itinerary around events like the Oklahoma State Fair, taking place in September in Oklahoma City, or the Tulsa Oktoberfest.

Similarly, 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.

No festival going on during your visit? No worries; check out downtown Oklahoma City, where a host of excellent BBQ restaurants line the sidewalks, including favorites like Earl’s Rib Palace and Iron Starr Urban Barbecue.

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.

Even better, let an local expert show you the best places to grub on one of the state’s excellent foodie-friendly tours. Foodie Foot Tours is one of the best in OKC, while there are tons of winery tours available all across the state, from the Great Plains to the hills of the southeast.

Nikki's & Foodie Foots'

It’s no secret Oklahoma is brimming with colorful and friendly wineries. To wit, visitors are invited to enjoy the collection of excellent wineries on one of many excellent winery tours.

However, if it’s tasty grub you’re looking for – maybe something a bit more indulgent than a glass of wine – check out one of Oklahoma City’s several foodie-focused tours.

Given its name, Foodie Foot Tours explore some of the city’s most beloved local restaurants and wine bars.

Take your choice of three different tours, including the Automobile Alley Tour, Uptown 23rd Tour, or Deep Deuce Tours, and enjoy locales like Wedge Pizzeria, Backdoor BBQ, and Water’s Edge Winery.

Not to be outdone, Fat Nikki Food Tours invite traveling foodies to get a taste of Oklahoma City’s Plaza District, where some of the best culinary minds will put their talents up to task. Nikki’s tours (yes, she’s a real person) are held on weekends, starting at 6 p.m. on Fridays.

Earl’s Rib Palace

Established in 1996, Earl’s Rib Palace is an icon of the Oklahoma City dining scene.

With five locations throughout Oklahoma City, including one in Edmond, Earl’s is referred to as the home of “Oklahoma's Best BBQ.”

Established by Earlywine Jackson in the mid-1900s and taste tested many times by the Elvis Presley, Earl’s BBQ recipes area a fixture OKC cuisine. Drop in for pulled pork sandwiches, curly fries, and of course, ribs.

Grabbing lunch at Earl’s Rib Palace is just one of 24 things to do in Oklahoma in 24 hours!

Pops on Route 66

Established in 2007, Pops is located along Historic Route 66 in Arcadia – found just northeast of Oklahoma City in central Oklahoma just east of Edmond.

Pinned by the 66-foot, four-ton soda bottle – which puts on a stunning light show each evening.

Pops is known for its futuristic building housing a yesteryear soda fountain and diner. Try their chicken fried steak in the POPS Restaurant, grab a drink at the Soda Ranch, or leave room for desert at Pops Shake Shop.

Stopping by Pops on Route 66 is just one of 24 things to do in Oklahoma in 24 hours!