Oklahoma City . . . from a Foodie’s PerspectiveDINING, GUEST BLOGGERS, OUR FOODIE, USA MAINLAND — By Ann McElfresh on July 6, 2011 at 09:04
Story by guest blogger Ann McElfresh. Photos Copyright © Ann McElfresh.
My husband and I were lucky enough to take a criss-cross-country pleasure trip. One of the first stops we made was, oddly enough, Oklahoma City. I say “oddly” because it’s not exactly a tourist mecca. Well, it should be! What a fun, friendly town. There was so much to see and do . . . and eat!
There were many reasons we wanted to visit OKC. To drop in on friends, to pay our respects at the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and to try Cattlemen’s Steakhouse.
Oklahoma City also has one of the largest collections of Western Art at their National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, also known as the Cowboy Hall of Fame. But don’t let the name fool you; it has something for everyone—movie memorabilia, history and museum-quality art. Fascinating. I could have spent a week there!
The beautiful, poignant and heartfelt Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial is a must-see. Most people see the outside garden with the chairs, but the inside museum is not to be missed. (Pictures are not allowed inside, so I have none to share.) It brings the event home and shows the resilience of this amazing town and their people.
Cattlemen’s Steakhouse has been in operation for over a hundred years. Located in the historic district of Oklahoma City, it’s right in front of the Old Oklahoma City Stockyards. They are famous for their aged beef—which they do in-house—their quality and commitment to homemade fare, and their salad dressing, which is a closely-guarded secret.
Oh, and they’ve had a few famous visitors! John Wayne, Gene Autry, Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush to name a few. More recently Guy Fieri from Food Network featured it on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, which is what brought it to our attention.
The steak . . . superb and perfectly cooked. You can really tell the difference with the aging process. The salad dressing is the stuff of legends. The atmosphere is pure western and the service was top-notch. I highly recommend this GREAT steakhouse to anyone; it’s worth going out of your way for!
We both ordered a steak, potato and salad. By the time that was consumed—with glee—we were too full for anything else.
After dinner, we went to see the Old Oklahoma City Stockyards. I was taking a picture of my husband by the long-horn statue outside the building and a REAL cowboy walked up. He asked if I wanted him to take a picture of the two of us with that “wee cow.” I said yes and he said, “Grab the horns,” and snap! Just as he finished a truck full of cattle came up—his truck. I was thrilled. I had now visited cowboy country.
While I do not age my own beef, I know how to cook a good steak and I’d like to share my tips and tricks. Since I’m working hard to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle, I’ve lowered the fat and calories in the dishes.
Also, I’m going to bravely (or foolishly?) attempt to recreate their amazing salad dressing, which they could almost put in a bowl and serve as soup. And what steakhouse meal is complete without some sort of potato?
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Here’s what I came up with (links open together on one recipe page):