Located in south-central Oklahoma, Durant is a small city that is known as the ‘Magnolia Capital of Oklahoma’, as many of the beautiful trees dot the landscape. Steeped in history, the city is also home to the Choctaw Casino Resort, plenty of outdoor adventures, cultural activities, and, of course, a diverse selection of restaurants. From old-fashioned drive-ins to international treats, here is a list of some must-try places when in Durant.
Located inside the Choctaw Casino Resort, 1832 Steakhouse is an exceptional fine-dining restaurant that will not only appeal to meat lovers but also seafood fans. Featuring a sophisticated atmosphere enhanced by lovely piano music Tuesday through Saturday, this restaurant is great for a special celebration or a romantic rendezvous. The lump crab en croute with tarragon brie cheese fondue is the perfect starter for an overall delectable meal. As for entrées, the dry-aged rib eye or the Chilean sea bass are two excellent choices. To complement the entrées, side dishes such as seven-cheese macaroni and cheese and spinach sautéed with garlic are available. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 1832 also features an impressive wine list.
Open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner, Asian Gourmet is a welcoming restaurant offering a variety of Chinese delicacies. From meat dishes to seafood and fish varieties to vegetarian options, this place can be enjoyed by a wide variety of diners. Please your palate with some egg drop soup followed by a starter of Chinese donuts or spring rolls. As for main dishes, the broccoli with garlic sauce, the strawberry chicken with chicken, strawberries, strawberry sauce, and broccoli, and the crispy beef with broccoli are all tasty choices.
The brainchild of multi-award winning Chef Felipe Gaytan, Ceviche is a rustic restaurant offering guests a culinary tour of Mexico. A native of Mexico, Chef Gaytan has created a menu brimming with incredible flavors that entice everyone including vegetarians. From appetizers to specialties to desserts, the menu is guaranteed to provide a well-rounded meal that will certainly satisfy. Must-try entrées include the sweet and spicy agave nectar-glazed shrimp with poblano rice, vegetables, and pineapple pico de gallo and the pork chop stuffed with spinach, mushrooms and topped with a pecan-ancho sauce. Try these dishes and more seven days a week.
For those seeking to satisfy a sweet craving, Dandy Donuts should definitely be on the list of must-visit places. This place is open during the late night and early morning hours, the perfect spot to visit if you have a midnight craving. Customers rave about the cake donut with chocolate icing and peanuts, Oreo donuts, red velvet cake donuts, and even strawberry croissants. They also have the seasonal pumpkin spice cake donut deliciousness available on Thursday nights.
Specializing in Mexican fare, El Tapatio is a small regional chain with a handful of outlets in Oklahoma and North Texas. A vibrant atmosphere combined with a friendly staff, flavorful cuisine, and a full bar creates an environment that can be enjoyed by the entire family. With something for everyone, the menu does not only offer meat and seafood recipes but also vegetarian options. Opt for the enchiladas verdes, which are chicken enchiladas smothered with green sauce and served with rice and beans; or the vegetarian fajitas with cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, rice, beans, and salad. Be sure to leave room for dessert and a margarita. El Tapatio is open every day.
Hot Shots Coffee is open seven days a week with varying hours; caffeine junkies can get their fix here whilst enjoying the art adorning the walls. Using quality products for the espresso-based drinks, including Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel sauces, Torani syrups, and Espresso Fino coffee beans, the crew at this coffee shop carefully handcrafts delicious drinks every time. For those wanting something other than coffee, Hot Shots also offers steamers, tea, and smoothies.
KC Roadhouse Bar and Grill is a warm, inviting establishment featuring home-style fare made with nothing but the best, fresh ingredients available. Within a family-friendly environment, the menu offers a variety of tasty dishes ensuring something to suit a wide range of tastes. Place an order of fried pickles for the whole table before devouring a main dish, which might include the catfish fillets with hush puppies and tartar sauce, the chicken fried steak smothered with cream gravy, and Pete’s rib eye. KC Roadhouse is open Monday through Saturday.
Main Street Barbecue tantalizes the taste buds of meat lovers time and time again with its comforting barbecue specialties. Using recipes passed down from generation to generation, the kitchen crew creates everything from St. Louis-style ribs to pulled pork to Polish sausage and so much more. Complementary side dishes are also available, including waffle iron French fries, pinto beans, corn on the cob, and spicy fried green beans to name but a few. Diners will also find sandwiches, stews, salads, baked potatoes, and desserts such as fruit cobbler and banana pudding. Open every day, Main Street Barbecue is comfort food at its best.
For a taste of authentic Italian food in Durant, visitors should stop by Roma Italian Restaurant. Situated in the downtown district, the multi-award winning restaurant features not only traditional classic dishes but also those with a modern twist. Within a contemporary, inviting space, guests will find a menu brimming with a host of incredible recipes that will satisfy the hungriest of appetites. One of the house specials features chicken and sausage sautéed with roasted red bell peppers, ham, black olives and served with a white wine cream sauce plus a bit of marinara over pasta. To complement the meal, beer and wine are also available. Roma is open for lunch and dinner every day but Monday.
An old-fashioned drive-in with friendly service, Wright’s Drive-In will take you back in time with its classic meals served at your car; visitors can also choose to sit at outdoor tables. Open Monday through Saturday, Wright’s offers a menu brimming with classics such as burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, dinners (the chicken fried steak is favorite with customers), and side dishes, including fries, tater tots, and onion rings to name a few. As for something sweet, any one of their creamy milk shakes should do the trick, and with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, pineapple, and butterscotch, there is something for every palate.