Midwest Living Review
Walk in the door at Cattlemen's, and you'll feel like you've stepped back in time to the era of red leather booths and plastic-covered dessert carts. That’s just what we were expecting: an authentic steakhouse experience at Oklahoma City’s oldest continually operating restaurant, which opened as Cattlemen’s Cafe in 1910.
The menu includes steaks, steak burgers, chicken-fried steak, salads, grilled cheese, spaghetti and fried catfish. Our waiter told us that the most popular entrees were "Steak, then steak. Then steak." The small filet ($20.50) comes with a standard iceberg salad and a side; a quarter-pound Cattlemen’s steak burger with cheese ($5.40) included fries. Staff asks everyone who orders meat to cut into it immediately to make sure it’s properly cooked (ours was). The bacon-wrapped steak was extremely tender and flavorful, and the baked potato with it just fine. My companion wished he'd ordered a half-pound burger so the steak flavor would have stood out more from the toppings, but the small version and accompanying fries were respectable. Slices of both coconut cream pie and lemon meringue pie (each $3.50) were satisfying, but the coconut—with a creamy filling and mile-high meringue—was really something special.
Walk off your meal with a stroll around Stockyards City, where businesses sell Western wear and ranch supplies. If you’re in the area on Monday or Tuesday, you can see live cattle auctions beginning at 8 a.m., and a Rodeo Opry is held on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m.