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Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Restaurant Review

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Cattlemen's Steakhouse - Restaurant Review

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Cattlemen's has been around since 1910 if you can believe it. In 1945, it was won by Gene Wade on a dice bet, and the "hard 3's" he rolled have been branded on the wall ever since. It's known to most Oklahoma City residents as the place to go for a great steak and lamb fries, and it is one of several metro restaurants featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

Cattlemen's Steakhouse makes my list as one of the Top Restaurants Unique to OKC, and here's why.

Guide Review - An OKC Favorite

Before I go any further, I have to confess something. I have never tried, nor do I particularly wish to try, lamb fries. Cattlemen's, apparently, has some of the best around. They're considered to be a restaurant specialty, and your waiter will ask you if you'd like some as an appetizer. To each his own, of course, but I politely shook my head.

But not even considering that culinary treat, Cattlemen's Steakhouse is one of my favorite restaurants in the metro. Nicely flexible for casual dining, finer dining or in the separately ventilated space for smokers, Cattlemen's has some of the best steak around. There's much more to like than just that, though.

Walking in, you're quickly comforted by the wooden, deep brown decor. It's not a restaurant that requires formal wear; it's a dim hometown diner with a friendly staff and penciled drawings of cowboys of old upon the walls. Photos of Stockyard City's early days put you in a simpler time, without pretense and hungry for an Oklahoma steak.

Eat out front in the casual setting, in the slightly nicer leather booths of the fine dining back room, in the separately ventilated smoking room beyond that or with a party upstairs. Whatever your choice, you're in for some good food.

Menu Delights

There are plenty of choices for a pre-meal drink or appetizer, even if you shake your head at the lamb fries as I did. The potato skins with bacon bits and sour cream are good, but make sure you save room. Meals come with a salad (I recommend the creamy garlic-cheddar house dressing), choice of potato and a couple of mammoth, delicious dinner rolls.

The steak is the stuff at Cattlemen's, but there are other choices as well. Catfish, chicken, spaghetti, chicken-fried steak and a nice collection of sandwiches all range anywhere from $12-$25 or so. On one occasion, I chose a dinner special of a 10 ounce rib-eye and fried shrimp for $19.99.

However you prefer your steak prepared, the wait staff is intent on you getting it exactly as you want it. So don't be surprised if the server hangs around a moment while you check. I'm a medium well man myself most of the time, and Cattlemen's steaks are always tender and delightfully flavorful.

One of the Best

Cattlemen's has been around for a long, long time. If you're new to the Oklahoma City area and like a great steak, this one has to be tops on your list. If you've been around the metro for some time and haven't been, you should make the trip. It is wonderfully flexible for nearly any event, cozy lunch or intimate night out on the town.

Reasonably priced with a comfortable atmosphere, you won't find many with a negative thing to say about this place. The service is terrific and the food good enough to have you wanting to soon return. It's one of the best steaks, if not the best, you'll find in OKC.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse
1309 S. Agnew
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
(405) 236-0416

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 2 out of 5
Why do reviewers like this place?, Member trollkepr

I have been here twice due to the radio ads and dining reviewers naming it in their top 10 lists. The place looks old, not quaint but old and dank. The bathrooms needed remodeling 30 years ago or at least a good scrubbing. It literally looks and smells like an old gas station bathroom, no exaggeration. On to the food. The salad was just chunks of iceberg lettuce drowned with their ""famous"" super secret bland tasting cheese style dressing. The lamb fries were OK but if you fry any meat to super well done and dunk it in a batter it will be OK since you can't tell what type of meat you are eating. The rib eye's my guest and I had were cooked med rare like we asked but it did not taste like an aged choice piece of meat. The only veggie available was broccoli but we passed, it wasn't worth the extra price. I went alone the next time to see if we were there on an off night. I ordered the pepper steak and I was shocked at what I was served. The peppercorn sauce was OK if you just tasted the sauce part but it had at least cup of raw hard ,bitter peppercorns poured over it after plating and not at all cooked into the sauce, not even a little bit. The meat was nothing special. I've had a much better tasting steak at your run of the mill chain restaurants that don't even specialize in steak. Cattlemen's, you can become a good place and a whole lot more successful if you update and clean the place, create a decent dinner salad and toss 50 of veggies on the plate and watch your meat quality. You already have the reviewers on your side, not you need to get your customers to become repeat customers. Not just the old folk you have that could not tell a good steak. And decide if you are going to be a dive-diner or a nice restaurant. Get rid of that old dive-diner area. You can serve great lunches and breakfast all in the same decor.

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