Colorful eateries and culinary charms abound along Route 66, America’s most iconic thoroughfare. For more about Route 66, see Jane and Michael Stern’s article Glory Road, from our August/September 2013 special issue on America’s Heartland.
When sitting down for steak at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Oklahoma City, it’s perfectly polite to wear one’s Stetson. James Roper No city has a higher hamburger consciousness (and higher hamburgers) than Tulsa. Hank’s “Big Okie” includes a quartet of beef patties and a quarter pound of cheese. James Roper Hank’s has been a burger-lover’s destination along Route 66 since the pre-tailfin era. James Roper At the White River Fish Market in Tulsa, broiled-to-order fish is often preceded by a bowl full of fine gumbo. James Roper Select your fish and place your order at the counter of the White River Fish Market, and by the time you find a seat, the meal will be on its way to you from the kitchen. James Roper Shelves on the knotty pine walls of the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, hold dozens of guest books filled with signatures and sentiments of travelers who have come here from around the world for homey foods like ham and beans, chili, and sauerkraut. James Roper Rock Cafe chef Dawn Welch offers loaded spatzle as a breakfast side dish or as a meal unto itself. James Roper