After a serendipitous encounter with a philly cheesesteak during his college years, Charley of Charley's Grilled Subs set out to create a savory selection of specialty grilled subs and classic American fare, garnering national attention from the Webby Awards and Nation's Restaurant News. Today, his understudy chefs imprint grill marks on each toasty bread book before piling on accouterments, from 100% USDA choice steak and all-white-meat chicken to freshly grilled onions, real-dairy provolone cheese, and savory sauces. Diners can silence a grumbling stomach with a traditional philly cheesesteak topped with grilled onions and provolone or rescue a friend from hunger pains with a chicken-teriyaki sub sheathed in an emergency survival blanket of swiss cheese.
Paul's Diner unleashes a wide array of hearty, old-fashioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Patrons can partake in an all-day breakfast menu, which boasts egg, sausage, bacon, and ham sandwiches kept as warm as a good guess between giant biscuits or thick toast ($3.50). During lunchtime hours, the kitchen issues forth the Indian taco ($8), a mélange of taco meat, pinto beans, and picante sauce drizzled over an Indian-fry-bread canvas. The diner's culinary wunderkinds press fresh burger patties by hand into four different sizes, before testing their structural integrity with heaving helpings of bacon and cheese ($5.75 for a half-pound) or chili with cheese ($5.75 for a half-pound). Paul's Diner offers a separate smoking room for its patrons, ensuring that nonsmokers can enjoy a plate of meatloaf ($8.50) without the Marlboro Man begging for scraps beneath their tables.
The two-story Victorian that holds Miss Addie’s Cafe and Pub has plied visitors with victuals since its inception as a soda fountain and drugstore in 1915. Carrying on the tradition of hospitality started by the druggist and his wife, the eponymous Addie, today’s owners welcome guests with an extensive menu of hearty pub fare. Plated pasta, beef, and seafood entrees adorn white linen tablecloths inside a sunlit dining room, and dark wood wine racks and a brick fireplace imbue a second space with an English pub atmosphere. Private parties mix and mingle amid the upstairs dining room’s rose-colored walls and bookcases. Patrons can also bring Miss Addie’s homestyle cooking home in the form of a cookbook, bottle of salad dressing, or realistic wax effigy of the head chef.
The very first International House of Pancakes opened its doors in Toluca Lake, California in 1958. Now, more than 1,000 locations populate the country's states and territories. They stuff bellies with hot lunch, bacon, eggs, and signature pancakes with toppings such as warm fruit compote or cream-cheese icing. The Tulsa location leaves its doors open 24 hours a day, satisfying midnight cravings and welcoming the morning with omelets wide open.
Dust clouds form from the hooves of two warhorses thundering across the jousting field. Across the way, a falcon wheels in the sky, spotting prey for his master. Meanwhile, King Henry watches from a tall stone tower, pleased with the bustling marketplace below. It isn’t the year 1539, and it isn’t planet Camelot IV in the Avalonian system. It’s the modern-day Oklahoma Renaissance Festival, held at the Castle of Muskogee every summer for nearly 20 years.
Every merchant and performer has a story to tell, from Sir Robert Vinterhawk of Birds of Prey to the painter Lady Anne, who creates lush portraits of the castle’s guests. The Tribal Circus performs gravity-defying feats without the aid of strings or wizardry, and the mysterious masked man of Cast in Bronze enraptures his audience with the sanctified tones of carillon bells. For adrenaline-pumping thrills, the human chess game —where life-size pieces engage in full battle—is second only to the raucous jousting tourney. Guests can further immerse themselves in a lost era with a spin around the maypole or by dressing up for the daily costume contest.
Oklahoma’s first eco-certified hotel, The Canebrake, about two hours from Oklahoma City via the Turner Turnpike, beckons visitors to retreat from their routines in comfortable rooms, hiking acres of forest, and unwinding with yoga classes or pampering spa treatments. After guests check into cool, tiled, dog-friendly retreat rooms outfitted with split-king beds, free WiFi, and a deck with rocking chairs, they can grab specialty cocktails and a wine and cheese plate from The Canebrake's bar before rambling around the 400-acre property. Friendly front deskers happily advise guests on activities, providing poles for fishermen to cast into five ponds stocked with fish and sea monkeys.