In case visitors miss the clue in its name, Harley’s Cafe explains itself right in the entryway—there, a gray stone-style bench displays the famous winged logo that marks a classic motorcycle. Inside, motoring memorabilia stands behind glass, including model bikes, photographs, and an autographed photo of Evel Knievel’s ghost. A row of booths lining a wall of windows and a counter facing the kitchen area—both familiar diner staples—flank a series of four-tops where customers dig into tasty homestyle fare. Breakfast options include pancakes and egg dishes served alongside ribbons of bacon or grilled sausage. Later in the day, the cooks serve up diner classics such as open-faced sandwiches smothered in gravy and several variations on the burger, including the Sportster, with bacon, swiss cheese, and barbecue sauce.
Charlie’s Sports Bar And Grill satisfies competitive cravings with savory selections of burgers, pizzas, and wings served under the warm glow of flat-screen TVs broadcasting local and national sporting events. Jaw muscles warm up for the main event by bench-pressing mozzarella sticks ($5.99) or snapping down on corn-dog nuggets ($4.99) launched across the table. Grumbling tummies shriek with delight at Charlie’s lineup of bread-bookended entrees, including the BLT ($5.99), the buffalo chicken sandwich ($6.99), and the Southwest burger, a beef patty topped with pepper jack cheese, guacamole, jalapeños, and chipotle sauce, brought to the table by a sentient cactus ($6.99).
Attempts to sip a cupcake up a straw rarely succeed, but the staff of The Cupcake Lounge encourages customers to try with their Cherry Limeade cupcake. The confection is made of a lime-infused cake base topped with whipped cherry frosting and comes garnished with a lime slice and a tiny straw.
This drink-inspired treat is one of only 10 cupcake flavors the shop stocks daily. The rest of the menu is a rotation of funkier flavors, including a banana cupcake with a Hershey’s Kiss hidden inside and crowned with peanut-butter frosting. For further sweet treats, diners can nibble at an array of cookies or sip espresso creations infused with amaretto, hazelnut, and other flavors. The bakery also caters to sweet teeth with classes that teach students how to adorn a cake without just stacking another cake on top of it.
The owners and chefs at Santa Fe Cattle rely on old family recipes that demand steaks are aged and cut in-house, rolls are baked fresh each day, and signature sauces are mixed onsite. These touches transform the menu’s casual, regional eats into dishes worthy of John Wayne’s personal dressing-room buffet. Steaks, fajitas, and sliders are plated next to housemade sides of cole slaw, Santa Fe taters, and of course, a bucket of peanuts—which guests shuck directly onto the floor. The peanut shells add character to each one of the restaurant’s 20 locations, which evoke old-west saloons with touches such as brick walls draped in horse saddles and weathered wooden floors.
After 13 years of treating the taste buds of Harrah, Checkerboard Café and Bakery made its move to Midwest City where it was subsequently kinged. The neighborhood nosh spot serves up a tasty array of lunch and dinner bites, complemented with fresh-baked goodies and homey charm. Start your table with an order of southwest spinach queso dip ($5.99) to share, or grab a baked snorkel and dive into a bowl of baked potato soup ($4.49). The midday menu tempts carnivores and carny voyeurs alike with juicy burgers, toasty pressed sandwiches, and blue plate specials such as chicken fried steak ($8.99), and dinner options add to said delights with an extended list of entrees. Enjoy a personalized portion of hickory smoked prime rib, served by the ounce and cooked to temperature ($1.49 per ounce), or entrust the custom-sized cranny in your belly to a plate of potato-encrusted salmon with rice pilaf ($13.99). All entrees are served with two side orders and customer-acclaimed yeast rolls.