By Steve Coulter
I’ve been missing the smell and taste of Applewood’s fritters. They were always hot, fresh and had just the right amount of powdered sugar. And you could never run out. Remember how they always had someone walking around with the fritter basket? As soon as you finished, 2 more fritters would be placed into that little white plate. And don’t forget about those wonderful yeast rolls!
I miss the tasty salad bar at Steak & Ale. Now that was a quality salad bar, complete with chilled plates and all your favorite salad b
ar items. Nothing more and nothing less. It was so good with the warm honey wheat brown bread they served. Did you ever get the Hawaiian chicken served with their signature herb rice pilaf or the Kensington club steak? Always perfect and always so good!
Do you remember Bennigan’s on Meridian and I-40? They served the world famous monte cristo sandwich. Honey wheat bread layered with tender ham, roasted turkey, Swiss and American cheeses. Batter-dipped, gently fried and coated with powdered sugar. Served with red raspberry preserves for dipping. No one made it like they did.
Last week I reported that Steak and Ale and Bennigan’s is making a comeback. The first Steak and Ale is being built right now in Cancun Mexico and they’re looking for franchisees in Oklahoma. The CEO Paul Mangiamele said he will call and give me updates. I’ll let you know if I hear anything.
I sure miss my lunches at Pioneer Pies. Owner Mike Smart was always right there to greet you as you walked in the door. And Linda Morris always had the biggest smile as she poured your tea and took your order. The special was half a sandwich, cup of soup or salad and slice of pie. I usually got the turkey sandwich, potato soup and pumpkin, apple or strawberry pie. Did you ever get the German Chocolate, Coconut, or Millionaire cream pie? They made so many pies, I still don’t know how they did it every day.
Who remembers a 1963 fire engine red soup & salad Jaguar? Molly Murphy’s house of fine repute was the only place where you could taste the fun! The restaurant had a lounge, dance floor, nightly entertainment and hilarious costumed wait staff. There was so much food with the Bacchus FEAST! Remember the car wash around the salad car and bathroom trips? Oh what a night at Molly Murphy’s! I know the owner and might do a story on What happened to Molly Murphy’s.
Do you remember Crystals Pizza? It was across from Venture on NW Expressway. It had a 2 story arcade and movie theatre that played cartoons. Crystals Pizza also featured a live piano room for the adults. It was a fun place to go.
I bet you forgot all about the Wilds restaurant. It was located in a carriage barn on a country road between Yukon and Piedmont. It had a rustic decor with big cedar tables. The Wilds featured catfish, steaks, barbecue, homemade rolls and had a great buffet. They had picnic areas around the lake, paddle boats, fishing and hayrack rides. You could also spot buffalo and miniature mules on site. I sure miss the Wilds!
Don’t forget about Piccadilly Cafeteria! It was located in Crossroads mall and had almost limitless choices. That was a tough decision going down the line and picking your entree, sides, soup, salad, breads and dessert. Piccadilly Cafeteria was always packed, but worth the wait for their homestyle comfort food. I think it’s also worth mentioning Luby’s, Boulevard Cafeteria and the Queen Anne Cafeteria.
Want more chips, guacamole, tortillas, tacos or sopapillas? Just raise the flag for service at Casa Bonita and Pancho’s Mexican Buffet. They often featured live performers that walked around playing festive Mexican music. I also enjoyed Nino’s Mexican restaurant and almost forgot Texanna Red’s.
Honorable mentions go out to Crocketts BBQ, Kona Ranch Steakhouse, Harrigan’s, Homestyle Buffet, The County Line Barbecue, Shoney’s, Italian Jim’s Pizza, Big Cheese Pizza, Showbiz Pizza Place, Black Eyed Peas, Harry’s American Grill & Bar and Bahama Breeze. Who misses all theses restaurants?
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