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landarc
09-15-2013, 09:38 PM
My sister and her family are headed to Oklahoma City in a couple or so weeks, and she was asking where in OKC is a good place to stay. Mostly, she is worried about a safe place for the kids.

Ultimately, we are headed to Lindsay, OK. But, we are thinking OKC or Norman seem like good places to stay.

Any ideas or advice is welcome.

caseydog
09-15-2013, 09:46 PM
The South side of OKC is pretty suburban. Moore, Norman -- they are both pretty much average American suburbs. Any hotel along I-35 in Moore or Norman should be okay, and not far from Lindsay. There are some cool places to stay in OKC, but there are also some not so cool places to stay. For a family with kids, not wanting to "experience" the city, I'd recommend the burbs -- Moore or Norman, which are also close to Lindsay.

CD

landarc
09-15-2013, 09:53 PM
My sister mentioned Norman.

Also, is there any "do not miss" food or places in OKC and surrounds? Doesn't need to be BBQ.

caseydog
09-15-2013, 10:00 PM
My sister mentioned Norman.

Also, is there any "do not miss" food or places in OKC and surrounds? Doesn't need to be BBQ.

Cattleman's Steakhouse is heavily mentioned on Food shows. I have not been there, so I don't know if the food matches the hype. http://www.cattlemensrestaurant.com

Otherwise, the Southern burbs of OKC are like most burbs -- Applebees, Outback, and all the other chain eateries.

As many times as I have been to OKC, I just haven't been there long enough to do any serious food finding. I'm usually there on business, and I go there, do my work, and go home.

I wish I had a better answer for you.

CD

landarc
09-15-2013, 10:02 PM
No problems CD, thanks for the input. Highly likely we will stay in Norman, so there is that.

Has to be some good chicken fried steak or fried okra out there.

caseydog
09-15-2013, 10:13 PM
No problems CD, thanks for the input. Highly likely we will stay in Norman, so there is that.

Has to be some good chicken fried steak or fried okra out there.

If you are that close, come on down to Dallas and I'll hook you up with some good CFS and Tex-Mex.

If you are going to be that close to me, I'd love to see if we can meet up for a bite to eat. A drive to Norman for me is a pretty easy few hours. I do it on a regular basis. We have brethren who live around OKC. I see a mini-bash in the making.

CD

landarc
09-15-2013, 10:16 PM
I am not sure about my freedom of movement, after all, I am coming there for a Memorial Service. But, if there is any way I can meet Brethren and you, you and other Brethren? I am in.

cowgirl
09-15-2013, 10:19 PM
If she wants to stay in Oklahoma City, the south side of I40 on Meridian has some decent places.

edited to add... Bricktown too.

landarc
09-15-2013, 11:28 PM
Thanks Jeanie, I'll pass that on as well

Arlin_MacRae
09-16-2013, 04:50 PM
Yup, Bricktown is a fun place to wander around in. Good nightlife, too.
I agree with the others about where to stay.
Food? Definitely Cattlemen's. For Q, have her go to Leo's and/or Bedlam BBQ. There are others which have good reputations, but I can't vouch for them.
For kidly entertainment there's Frontier City (amusement park) and lots of movie theaters.

landarc
09-16-2013, 04:53 PM
Thanks Arlin, I am hoping to build up some options for doing stuff, than just hanging with the BIL's family. Cattlemen's, gotta remember that

Arlin_MacRae
09-16-2013, 04:56 PM
I'll drop some more ideas as I think of 'em. How old are the kids?

landarc
09-16-2013, 06:04 PM
Thanks again.

The kids are a 17 year old boy and a 12 year old girl. Both of which, for some reason, I have offered to be locked in a van with for 20 hours. Boy wants to go see Arizona State and UO, he seems to think he will be playing baseball in college.

gtr
09-16-2013, 06:11 PM
I ate at Leo's last year. I think I got the brisket on a "miss" day, but everything else was good - I had smoked bologna and I think my lovely wife got spares. They have free cake! I think I recall having some kind of really good side dish, but I can't remember what it was. :twitch:

Arlin_MacRae
09-16-2013, 07:16 PM
I ate at Leo's last year. I think I got the brisket on a "miss" day, but everything else was good - I had smoked bologna and I think my lovely wife got spares. They have free cake! I think I recall having some kind of really good side dish, but I can't remember what it was. :twitch:
Wow, that must have been a miss...sorry, bro.
Did you have greens? They're right fine.

gtr
09-16-2013, 07:20 PM
Wow, that must have been a miss...sorry, bro.
Did you have greens? They're right fine.

It may have been the greene - or the mac & cheese - or onion rings? I really don't remember. The brisket wasn't terrible, just not great either. I would totally go back there. I liked everything else and the people, as in just about every other BBQ joint I've been to, are about as nice as folks as you could ever meet.

landarc
09-16-2013, 07:25 PM
Maybe I can convince the BIL to go to BBQ

DUBBAGA
09-16-2013, 08:42 PM
Need to try the famous onion burgers (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/17/oklahoma-onion-burger_n_2876356.html) in El Reno, OK and ice cream (http://www.braums.com/) from Braum's

landarc
09-16-2013, 08:53 PM
I heard about El Reno and could not remember the name. And Braum's too, thanks for the recommendations.

Arlin_MacRae
09-17-2013, 05:42 PM
Eichen's chicken in Okarche, Mears burgers in Mears...but now we're way outside the metro.

landarc
09-30-2013, 07:48 PM
Okay, Leo's is on the list, and maybe Cattlemen's, although I doubt it, if I am to believe the gagging sounds I heard over the phone from the BIL. I also might swing by Van's Pig Hut and Bob Davis's Fish House (any comments?)

I am going to shoot for El Reno, but, I am not at all sure what time we will be going by there.

I am pretty sure we will hit Braum's too, ice cream is rarely a hard sell.

Leaving the S.F. Bay Area at noon on Thursday. And the plan is to drive in one swing to OKC.

caseydog
09-30-2013, 07:54 PM
Okay, Leo's is on the list, and maybe Cattlemen's, although I doubt it, if I am to believe the gagging sounds I heard over the phone from the BIL. I also might swing by Van's Pig Hut and Bob Davis's Fish House (any comments?)

I am going to shoot for El Reno, but, I am not at all sure what time we will be going by there.

I am pretty sure we will hit Braum's too, ice cream is rarely a hard sell.

Leaving the S.F. Bay Area at noon on Thursday. And the plan is to drive in one swing to OKC.

Braum's is definitely a good fast-food joint. Their burgers are your basic greasy cooked to order burger -- better than Mickey D's, but not gourmet. They do their best work in the dairy department. Anything made with ice cream will be very good. Braum's is first and foremost about dairy products.

CD

Arlin_MacRae
09-30-2013, 07:59 PM
You going to have time to meet up with Jeannie and me?

caseydog
09-30-2013, 08:05 PM
You going to have time to meet up with Jeannie and me?

And me????

If I can possibly swing it, I'll drive up to OKC to meet the one and only landarc. It's a three hour drive and a night in a Motel 6. Seventy-bucks round trip.

CD

landarc
09-30-2013, 08:31 PM
I am working on that. Apparently the memorial service is on Sunday, and I gather from my BIL's voice, that he was expecting me to go. But, I am hoping that we can work something out, maybe on Saturday?

My schedule is not entirely my own, but, I think I can figure out a way to spring loose. I will chat with my sister soon and get some more details. Heck, I don't even know where I am staying.

Arlin_MacRae
10-01-2013, 08:18 AM
Hell, I just checked my own schedule and I've got two long-term things going on Saturday and Friday night is booked from 5:30 on... :tsk:
It looks like lunch on Friday is about it for me unless you plan to stay into next week at all?

landarc
10-01-2013, 01:43 PM
I think we're gonna be there until Tuesday morning

deguerre
10-01-2013, 01:56 PM
Dunno who passed, but it sounds like your BIL's family. Please give him my condolences. Even though I'm a total stranger, but still...

landarc
10-02-2013, 04:51 PM
Well, now things are getting just danged odd. Now that we are in the government shutdown, and my BIL has gotten sucked into this vortex, he has gotten weird about money (if he lived check to check, I would get it, but, he doesn't). In any event, he is now so focused on hating the government, he can't seem to answer when or where or what about this trip. He won't even commit to making a reservation for lodging. FARK!

So, I will keep posting here as I find out what is going on, but, I truly have no ability to make plans. If he keeps irritating me, I may just rent a car and run away.

Thanks Guerry, it was my BIL's mother that passed, and through total selfishness and emotional instability, these people have managed to screw up my life for 6 months. But, she was a grand old woman and perhaps the one person in that family that I considered worth spending time with (other than my BIL).

Arlin_MacRae
10-02-2013, 04:52 PM
Well, keep us informed!!

landarc
10-05-2013, 12:56 AM
Well, I'll fill this story in more, but, we are hitting town tomorrow and leaving Monday morning. BIL Farker is playing games and I can't schedule anything.

Arlin_MacRae
10-05-2013, 08:47 PM
PM sent.

landarc
10-06-2013, 11:37 AM
I am eating way too much biscuits, gravy, sausage and combinations there of.

El Reno, Sid's Burgers was very good

caseydog
10-06-2013, 11:50 AM
Well, I'll fill this story in more, but, we are hitting town tomorrow and leaving Monday morning. BIL Farker is playing games and I can't schedule anything.

Sorry we couldn't get some time in for a little brethren mini-bash with you. I hope you get some good eats while in OKC.

CD