What a wealth of choices! We remember the days when the only places to eat after 10 p.m. were Denny’s and Waffle House. Next time you’re out late with friends, check out OKC’s abundance of local late-night eatery options.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Gazette staff
We know. It’s hot. It’s summer in Oklahoma. Cool down by sampling cocktails that local bars and restaurants have concocted just for you. Find a nice, air conditioned space or a shaded patio and while away the hours drinking the flavors of summer. You might decide it’s not that bad after all.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock, Shannon Cornman and Lauren Hamilton
There are a wealth of new local eateries cropping up in the metro and even more coming. If they’re not on your radar, they should be. From the comfy atmosphere at The Barrel on Western Avenue to the laid-back vibe at the Plaza District’s coffee shop, you might find a new regular hangout.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman
The Cow Calf-Hay
3409 Wynn Drive, Edmond
What works: great family-friendly atmosphere
What needs work: more signage (It's tucked away and somewhat hard to find.)
Tips: Try the Western BBQ Burger.
Behind a strip mall, The Cow Calf- Hay is possibly one of the best hidden gems in Edmond. This family-friendly restaurant is serving up juicy Certified Angus Beef burgers, curly or sweet potato fries and signature sandwiches.
Opened in August 2011 by the same local owners of the popular sandwich shop City Bites, it’s evident from the decor that this eatery has the same quirky spirit of the Bites locations.
A life-size cow statue greets you upon entering. The worn, wood-grained restroom door is fashioned after an outhouse your great-grandma might have had on the farm.
For a juicy cheeseburger, the Classic Cow ($7.39) is the perfect choice. It’s topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles and served with your choice of fries or thick-cut onion rings. To add a little kick, the Western Burger ($6.79) includes grilled jalapeños, melted American cheese, smoked bacon, fried onion strings and is topped with a tangy barbecue sauce. All burgers are served in old-fashioned pie tins.
Cow Calf-Hay also features signature sandwiches like the ultimate chicken sandwich ($7.59) and pork tenderloin sandwich ($6.89). Both can be ordered to include fries, rings or a combo for an additional $1.50.
The kids’ menu choices of chicken tenders, cheeseburger or grilled cheese include curly fries and a soft drink, at a bargain for under $5.
If you’re really hungry, give the Six Shooter Challenge a try. This eating contest consists of consuming six half-pound cheeseburgers topped with two pieces of cheese each, a full order of onion rings and curly fries and a slice of Cow Pie Cake.
The dessert is made of a yellow marbled cake, smothered with a light, creamy topping and covered in bananas. It comes topped with strawberry sauce.
Among other rules, the entire meal must be consumed within 45 minutes or you will forfeit the $35 required to pay in advance.
The good news: If you don’t finish, you can take the leftovers home.
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