One River Restaurant and Bar
The Black Hawk Casino
42008 Westch Road, Shawnee
The Black Hawk features One River Restaurant and Bar, open from 7 a.m. ’til 2 a.m. For breakfast, try the One River Special: Two eggs, bacon, sausage, a pancake and your choice of toast or biscuit and gravy. For dinner, try the fried catfish ($7.99). For night owls with the munchies, go for the egg rolls and fried chicken livers. The shredded pork nachos ($8.99) are popular and comes on a plate the size of a small child.
41207 Hardesty Road, Shawnee
Opening up onto the bingo hall, Firelake’s bistro is open 24 hours and offers menu items including the jalapeño chicken, fried goodness with just enough kick to make you notice. It comes as an entrée with your choice of side ($13), or if you are feeling particularly healthful, you can get that fried chicken on top of a bed of greens ($11). Feel like a high roller with the Friday and Saturday night surf and turf special for $26.95.
25230 E. Highway 62, Harrah
Redfork is a casual dining restaurant with cold beers and pub food, including pizza, burgers and, of course, the state meal, chicken-fried steak.
Redfork also has fun daily specials.
Tuesday features a variety of taco themed items. The best part of that? It’s free. So, even if you broke the bank giving all your money to the one-armed bandits on the slots floor, you can still have a consoling taco, or four.
Rez Restaurant & Bar
Lucky Star Casino Concho
7777 N. Highway 81, El Reno
Open for lunch and dinner, Rez features a broad menu with everything from burgers and sandwiches for under $10 to pasta dishes such as the Rez Alfredo ($8), or the sirloin beef tips served over egg noodles with brown gravy ($9). Among the specialties of the house is the Indian Taco, available year-round, traditional-style or with marinated chicken. At $8.50, it’s cheaper than one at the state fair, which makes your trip to Lucky Star that much sweeter.
1 Remington Place
It’s worth the trip for this restaurant’s special casino offerings alone. The Brewery emphasizes the most important food groups: beer, bacon and bourbon. Thursday night is the night for a casino staple, Bricktown-style, with unlimited surf and turf for $21.95 with a player’s club card. The brewery has teamed with Pie Junkie to offer drunken turtle pie, a brownie sundae and a sizzling apple crisp, all for five bucks. Cha-ching.
Willows Buffet, Chips ’N Ales
1544 W. State Highway 9, Norman
The Willows Buffet serves three meals each day and brunch on weekends. Prices range from $8.99 for breakfast to $18.99 for dinner. Daily specials include Seafood Night on Fridays for $29.99 and BBQ Saturday for $17.99.
Chips ’N Ales is a dark, cozy pub with Scottish and Irish fare, including shepherd’s pie, bread pudding and fish and chips. It also has Scotch eggs ($8), a crowd favorite.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, The Grill and Gran Via Buffet
WinStar World Casino and Resort
777 Casino Ave., Thackerville
WinStar is home to more than a dozen restaurants covering every taste. From casual dining at Toby Keith’s, with its fun atmosphere and huge portions, to fine dining at The Grill, a contemporary steakhouse. The real star of the show is the Gran Via Buffet, with more than 200 items made by a dedicated chef, it boasts seven live-action cooking stations.
— by Devon Green, photos by Mark Hancock and Shannon Cornman