Stillwater, a small city in the state of Oklahoma, is known as the original home of country and western ‘red dirt music.’ Slightly less than an hour’s drive to either Tulsa or Oklahoma City, Stillwater is well positioned to help tourists see the most of Oklahoma, a state full of native American history. Due to its rich culture and heritage, the town boasts a multitude of stunning restaurants. Here’s our favorite to visit in town.
Cool as a snowflake and just as unique, Eskimo Joe’s is a fun bar in Stillwater Oklahoma. The bar is a centre for the local community. Themed dinners, live music and more provide great entertainment for guests and visitors on an almost nightly basis. Somewhat of an institution, this bar has actually been open since 1975, serving great food since day one. Dinner kicks off with a selection of starters, with options including all manner of cheese topped fries (some with bacon, peppers and more), while main dishes of pecan smoked pork or blackened chicken make for a delicious repast.
Eskimo Joe’s, 501 W Elm Ave, Stillwater, OK, USA, +1 405 372 8896
The Original Hideaway Pizza first opened in 1957, situated in a small brick building a stone’s throw from the campus of Oklahoma State University. Just a small restaurant in the early days, Hideaway’s 12 tables were easily filled by the hungry students studying nearby. The restaurant is famed for its happy-go-lucky approach, with singing waiters and occasional streakers turning this venue into Stillwater’s go to location for fun. All of the pizzas are big, even the so-called ‘small’ ones, and come with a variety of indulgent toppings. On the off chance you don’t like pizza they also have a number of pasta or sandwich options.
The Hideaway, Oklahoma State University, OK, USA + 1 405 372 4777
Deceptively named Pagoda Pizza, this restaurant is definitely not about your favourite Italian foodstuff. Rather, it serves Asian comfort food at its finest, taking inspiration from medieval Japan. Using the crepe-like okonomiyaki, a Japanese pancake, as the ‘base’, pizzas come topped with all manner of Asian specialties. The yin and yang pizza comes topped with shrimp and bacon, while the Fuji comes with extra spring onions, cheese and a fried egg. All pizzas are covered in the signature (and delicious) Godzilla sauce.
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It’s safe to say that there isn’t anything much more traditional than a kitchen built around the tenants of a previous generation, and that is one of the many qualities of Granny’s Kitchen. The menu is small, but consists entirely of the dishes that your mother’s mother used to make. Breakfast options focus mainly around eggs, with omelettes, country style burritos and eggs benedict all helping to kick start your day. Lunch options move onto include pot roasts, barbecued ribs and chicken and cheese quesadillas. There are, of course, a number of burger options available too, all of which are suitable for the meat and bun addicts out there.
Granny’s Kitchen, 1006 S Main St, Stillwater, OK, USA, +1 405 743 1299
A quintessential Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Pot is decorated as if it is straight out of the land of the rising sun itself. As diners might expect, dishes are centred around delicate and clever flavour fusions, which when combined land a tasty and powerful punch on the tongue. As well as popular sushi rolls, Tokyo pot also features a great number of noodle and rice dishes, which is useful when catering for people who can’t quite get to grips with the concept of raw fish. With an authentic take on Japanese food, this really isn’t one to miss.
Tokyo Pot, 108 W 10th Ave, Stillwater, OK, USA, +1 405 372 8898