Shawnee, Oklahoma, is a small city that offers numerous adventures while maintaining its small-town charm. From museums and cultural centers to shopping and outdoor adventures, there is something for every explorer. After a day of fun, visitors will find several tasty haunts to replenish their energy. Culture Trip has put together a list of some of the top places to visit when you’re in town.
Benedict Street Marketplace is a wonderful place to visit for a filling meal. A cafe and deli, this charming locale offers a variety of eats packed full of fresh flavors. From sandwiches to salads to sweet treats and more, the menu has something tantalizing for everyone. Some of the options guests often rave about include the antipasto Italian wrap (with prosciutto, tomato pesto, marinated artichokes, banana peppers, melted provolone, and spinach leaves, served warm in a spinach wrap) and the delectable fudge nut cookie. To try these treats and more, visit Monday through Saturday.
Opened in 2000, Chicago Street Deli continues to delight customers with its delicious, made-from-scratch fare. Procuring the freshest ingredients available, this deli and catering company creates a wide variety of eats that are sure to please. The menu features cold and hot sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, baked potatoes brimming with amazing flavors, salads, soups, and sweet treats — making it a menu that everyone will enjoy. If it’s a sandwich you’re craving, try the Philly beef with sliced roast beef, Swiss cheese, sautéed onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and dressing of choice (the famous red onion dressing is highly recommended). Finish with a cookie, with or without frosting. Chicago Street Deli is open Monday through Friday.
Established in 2004, Coney Island of Shawnee is a great, budget-friendly option. Specializing in hot dogs, this casual restaurant is open Monday through Friday and only accepts cash. A friendly, vibrant place, complete with brightly colored walls, Coney Island is a joint the whole family will enjoy. Tasty choices of which guests speak highly include the slaw dog topped with freshly made slaw, the kraut dog, the Frito chili pie, and the spaghetti. It’s not your typical spaghetti topped with marinara; Coney Island’s version is topped with chili, cheese, onions, and jalapeños.
Don Ciro’s Tacos entices diners again and again with its flavorful, authentic Mexican cuisine. This cozy gem of a restaurant offers guests everything from tacos (of course) to combination plates to huevos options to special combos to house specialties, ensuring that every hungry diner will leave satisfied. Must-try options include the carne asada tacos and the al pastor tacos, both of which are served on soft corn tortillas; the costillas, which are pork ribs cooked in red or green sauce and served with rice, beans, and guacamole; and the chuletas de puerco rancheras, or pork chops smothered with tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños. Try these dishes and more seven days a week.
Pizza lovers are sure to be impressed with Giorgio’s Pizzeria. Tucked inside a strip mall, this no-frills haunt creates pizzas that are bursting with flavors. Although known for its delicious pizza, Giorgio’s also offers pasta, sandwiches, calzones, stromboli, and appetizers. The all-meat pizza — topped with sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, meatballs, Italian sausage, and Canadian bacon — is sure to make meat lovers’ mouths water. Vegetarians will love the veggie with sauce, mozzarella, spinach, tomato, onion, mushrooms, black olives, and bell peppers. For those who are more creative, there are other toppings in order to customize your pie. Giorgio’s is open Monday through Saturday.
Established in 1927 in Bristow, with Shawnee getting a venue shortly thereafter, Hamburger King has been delighting generations of customers with its juicy burgers and other American eats. Diners order via a telephone placed at each table, adding to the charm of this family-owned operation. The menu offers a regular hamburger or cheeseburger along with double or triple meat options, and each burger can be served with a side of potato wedges. Other options include chili, dinner entrées, and sandwiches, and don’t forget to leave room for a slice of mouthwatering pie. Hamburger King is open every day except for Sunday.
The Olde Owl Shoppe is a charming place featuring gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, wraps, and scrumptious desserts, all made with the freshest, best ingredients available. This cafe’s creative fare will make diners want to return time and time again. Some of the options available include the turkey ciabatta sandwich with cranberry butter, fresh wild caught salmon burgers, ham and apple melts, and a variety of house-made soups such as the ever-popular chicken tortilla, lobster bisque, and tomato, to name but a few. The hours do change with the season, so be sure to check out the webpage.
For meat lovers looking for a good steak or other meat dishes at reasonable prices, Paul’s Place Steakhouse is the place to go. Serving lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday, this steakhouse offers — in addition to the succulent steaks — appetizers like spinach and artichoke dip, salads, seafood, pasta, and many side dishes. The lunch menu also offers burgers, sandwiches, and monthly specials, including the current chorizo steak burger made with ground steak and Spanish chorizo and topped with sautéed onions, cheddar jack cheese, lettuce, and tomato.
Folks with a craving for tasty Asian fare should head to Phoenix Asian Diner. Located downtown, this eatery entices customers again and again not only with its Chinese dishes but also its sushi and friendly environment. There are dishes for everyone, and some flavorful options include the ginger broccoli with a choice of protein and an assortment of sushi rolls, including raw options. Guests can visit for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.
Another meat lover’s paradise, the menu at Robb’s Smokehouse is brimming with mouthwatering barbecue goodness. This casual establishment offers an array of sandwiches, with highlights being the Polish sandwich, the brisket dog, and the rib sandwich, plus dinners piled high with meat and several complementary side dishes. Try the brisket, ribs, or half chicken with sides such as coleslaw, BBQ beans, and smoked potatoes. Robb’s is also known for its ‘smoked super spud,’ which is topped with butter, cheese, brisket, and sauce — it is a favorite of many patrons.