In honor of Independence Day, let’s take a look at seven dishes that trace their origins to the United States: chicken-fried steak, s’mores, chocolate chip cookies, meatloaf, gumbo, Buffalo wings and apple pie. These seven eateries will satisfy your craving to indulge in America.
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Jimmy’s Round-Up Cafe & Fried Pies
1301 SW 59th St.
Perhaps no American dish is beyond reproach in Oklahoma quite like the chicken-fried steak. There is certainly no lack of places to get the dish throughout the state, but not many offer a chicken-fried steak as fresh and as large as owner Jimmy Collins’ restaurant. While you’re there, get some of his famous massive yeast rolls with cinnamon butter that bring people from three states over.
105 W. Main St., Norman
The Girl Scouts of America published the first s’more recipe in 1927, and it has become a campfire tradition and, arguably, the best Pop-Tart flavor. In addition to providing some of the area’s best Italian food, Norman’s Benvenuti’s Ristorante offers the s’mores pot de crème, which features a creamy chocolate custard, brûlée marshmallow cream and a house-made graham cracker.
5840 N. Classen Blvd.
Chef Ruth Graves Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, around 1938, and the world has been better for it. Insider named Green Goodies’ classic version the best chocolate cookie in the state. It also offers gluten-free, vegan and cookie cake versions of its famous chocolate cookie.
Redrock Canyon Grill
9221 Lake Hefner Parkway
In the 1870s, meatloaf began — believe it or not — as a breakfast item, but it didn’t really begin to take hold in American diets until the Great Depression when the need to stretch protein by adding breadcrumbs became paramount. Thank goodness meatloaf has developed over the years to include a variety of meats and flavors, like Redrock’s Persimmon Hill meatloaf with fire-roasted tomato brown sauce, mashed red potatoes and sweet glazed carrots.
Da Gumboman food truck
The earliest documented gumbo recipe was published after the turn of the 19th century and highlights the melting pot of Louisiana. New Orleans native Joseph Darbon serves three varieties: chicken and andouille sausage; chicken, shrimp and sausage; and gumbo No. 3 (pictured) with all of the proteins, including blue crabs. The truck also offers po’boys, Cajun pasta and fried catfish that can be smothered in crawfish étouffée.
3925 N. Lincoln Blvd.
The classic hot sauce and butter sauce now coating the Buffalo wing was introduced in Buffalo, New York’s Anchor Bar in the early 1960s. The founding of Buffalo Wild Wings and Hooters in the early 1980s made it a bar classic, and Domino’s added it to the menu in 1994. The craze elevated chicken wings to one of the most expensive parts of the bird. In addition to the classic hot variety, Wing Supreme offers 18 flavors, including its sweet and spicy honey love.
2632 W. Britton Road
The idea of “American as apple pie” is somewhat apocryphal because British, Dutch and Swedish settlers brought it to the country, but it became a symbol of American prosperity and national pride in the 19th and 20th centuries. ND Foods is a comforting deli that even offers an opportunity to shop for antiques while you’re there. Don’t miss the apple pie with a stellar crust, which is improved with a scoop of ice cream.