Overlooking Crimson Creek Golf Club and the lustrous Lake El Reno, Hook and Slice delivers laid-back meals by crafting casual American fare with a side of lodge-like ambience. Calm bovine-based cravings with a sizzling dinner selection of hand-cut steaks, including the classic rib eye ($14.95/8 oz.) and famous fillet ($18.95/8 oz.), both bathed in garlic-infused butter and cooked to order. Creative culinarians can visit the salad bar ($5.99 for multiple visits) to impressionistically splatter greens with homemade dressings, inspiring wild applause from herbaceous art aficionados. Bun-based lunchers can chomp through the Drunken Dog ($4.79), a vienna hot dog fried in beer batter and wrapped inside a poppy-seed bun. Diners blend breakfast and lunchtime favorites with the Fried Egg Hamburger sporting the titular element atop a medley of cheddar, bacon, and burger to send taste buds back in time to trademark brunch ($8.49).
The menu at Don Serapio’s Mexican Restaurant pays tribute to Mexico as much as it does to the owner's family. Janie Meadow's father Serapio Sanchez helped her brother Larry open his first restaurant back in the 50s. It was at this restaurant that Janie met Jim Meadows, her husband and the man she would eventually join forces with to open Don Serapio’s Mexican Restaurant. Today, the pair draws on family recipes to marinate steak and pork, smother enchiladas in cheese, and fry jumbo shrimp.
Timber Lodge’s homey atmosphere complements hearty helpings of American fare that emanate from the chefs' kitchen. For dinner, they grill seafood, chicken, and steaks ranging from the 8-ounce filet mignon to the 18-ounce rib eye, and they infuse an Italian flair into the dining experience with pastas and 14-inch pizzas, rather than flocking every tablecloth in oregano. The staff forges lighter fare for lunch, including house salads and the Timber burger, which can be customized with cheese, bacon, and house chili.
As the vice president of culinary development at Carino's Italian and recipient of training in Positano, Italy, chef Chris Peitersen masterminds a fresh approach to Italian fare that incorporates stateside favorites into a menu of authentic dine-in, carryout, and catered cuisine. Chef Peitersen helps Carino's string of more than 150 casual eateries to emulate the open-concept kitchen of Italian homes and treehouses de-roofed by wind gusts by ensuring each dish is flavorful and sourced from fresh ingredients. Simple dishes lean on quality ingredients and preparation from scratch as opposed to overpowering embellishments. The baked lasagna exemplifies this philosophy, showcasing 16 layers crafted in-house every morning from italian sausage and beef. As diners act out the leisurely habits and competitive pasta throwing of traditional Italian meals, colorful dining rooms mask eco-friendly accouterments and practices such as cool roofs that reflect heat and cut energy intake.
Miller Grill adds sizzle to juicy burgers, Coney Island hot dogs, and breakfast plates. Western omelettes put an egg roof over ham, bell peppers, onion, tomato, and cheddar cheese heads ($6.29), and biscuits and gravy ($1.69+) build a nutritional foundation in stomachs. Miller Grill sates latter-day cravings by way of its famous cheeseburger ($3.69) and fried onion patty ($3.09), which elicits tears of joy from tastes buds. A menu of encased meats lists 21 styles of Nathan's all-beef hot dogs, such as reuben dogs, piled with swiss cheese, kraut, and thousand island dressing ($3.60), and scrambled dogs, boldly flavored with chopped ground beef, chili, cheese, and onion ($2.65). Those looking to test the elasticity of their digestive structure may put their Groupon toward the 3-pound Miller Man Burger Challenge ($24.99, only if you lose), in which contestants have 60 minutes to finish a hulking meat disk, fries, and a large fountain drink. Those who successfully complete the task will earn a permanent spot on Miller Grill's Wall of Fame and in Gumby's heart.
Tony's Pizzeria and Gyros hosts a menu of piping-hot Greek cuisine, Italian dishes, and New York–style pizza. Hands knead fresh dough and concoct fresh sauce every day to accompany Tony's special blend of spices. Ravening hoards can top two large single-topping pizzas with pie plumage including pepperoni, onion, bacon, and jalapeño, as well as a choice of garlic bread or a 2-liter bottle of soda ($11.99). Specialty pizzas may be spangled with two to eight different pie-toppers ($6.99 for a medium). Rather than tossing a perfectly good origami collection into the oven, harness the deliciousness of folded treats with a chicken or traditional gyro, in which heaps of meat nestle into a pita drizzled in homemade cucumber sauce ($4.59). A honey-drenched chunk of homemade baklava aptly concludes Mediterranean meals ($1.15).