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.
The smell of baking cookies wafts out into the street, enticing guests inside to pick out their favorite cookie from 1 Smart Cookie’s row of 13 cookie jars. The clear glass, still steamy from the freshly baked fare, lets guests peruse the selection before choosing and mull over the benefits of classic, chewy chocolate chip over a seasonal flavor such as pumpkin spice or a unique variety such as Coconut Paradise. If clients desire something for a special occasion, baker Cindy Hoehner can craft the cookies into larger cookie cakes, shape cookies into themed treats, or even provide premade dough for at-home baking bonding sessions. She also hosts birthday parties for little ones during the week, allowing girls to dress up, ice their own cookies, and play games while chowing down on homemade cookies.
The founders of Orange Leaf started their business with the goal of finding a middle ground between rich scoops of ice cream and bland yogurt. Mission accomplished: they have created more than 65 tasty flavors, including pumpkin pie, gingerbread, blueberry banana, white chocolate, and Dole pineapple, that are both nutritious and tasty. After customers self-pump their selected flavors—which rotate regularly—they add toppings such as cereal, candy, nuts, and fruit. With finishing touches in place, a staff member weighs creations to price them or to determine their class in the shop’s underground yogurt-fighting ring.
The dairy aficionados at Rusty's Frozen Custard create icy, slowly churned goodies crafted so thick that customers are even encouraged to turn their treats upside down to fully appreciate their density. Luscious custards coat tongues in classic flavors of vanilla or strawberry, and when dunked into fountain drinks, create bubbly floats. Sundaes and shakes, meanwhile, can be outfitted with more than 35 toppings, including Oreo pieces, Nerds, or M&M's. Rusty’s crew also excels at making specialty drinks, such as lattes and low-fat smoothies, which can be enjoyed while relaxing on outdoor seating.
Bricktown Candy Company dazzles inner and outer children with rainbow colors of confectionary whimsy. Cherry colas, root beers, ginger ales, and orange fizzy waters ($2 each) neatly line Bricktown's bright shelves, and there's enough candy to make eyes spin like vertigo-peppermints. The succulent stock of gummies, candies, and jellybeans sell for $3.99 per half pound, and chocolates and gourmet candies sell for $4.99 per half pound. Twenty-four flavors of frozen gelati come in small ($3.50), medium ($4.25), and large ($5).