Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

August 24, 2012

Loving their lunch

TAHLEQUAH — Whether they’re craving soup, beef, chicken, pizza, Asian or Mediterranean cuisine for the midday meal, Tahlequah boasts an array of restaurants, each with its own tasty options.

Last week, the Daily Press asked readers on its Facebook page to shared their favorite places to each lunch. Nearly 60 people responded, singling out several local restaurants for their personable service, unique dishes, or menu items that can be counted on to deliver every time the plate hits the table.

 KTK Angus Steakhouse was noted for its steak soup and reasonable prices.

“Love KTK lunch specials, and Ruby’s is oh-so-good. [I] like them equally,” said poll respondent Angie Bliss Fanning. “They have very different menus. [I] could not just pick one.”

Cynthia Sue McMillen Warden said KTK’s iced tea can’t be beat, and she’s a fan of the stew-like meal that has more chunks of steak in it than vegetables.

“KTK steak soup and raspberry tea [are] to die for,” she said.

KTK Angus Steakhouse owner Craig Landsaw said he wants customers to leave feeling satisfied that they’ve received great food at a price that won’t break the bank.

“We don’t want them trying to decide between paying an electric bill or going out to eat,” he said. “We’re just working people, and we just try to provide really good food at a decent price. We don’t want to take all of your money.”

Landsaw said lunch-hour patrons can enjoy as much of the steak soup or chili  as they can swallow.

“It’s all you can eat,” he said. “The steak soup is like a stew. It’s got a lot of vegetables in it, but it likely has more chunks of steak in it. Sometimes we run out, but we make it fresh every day. The hamburgers are all certified Angus beef. They’re not frozen and are made by hand.”

Customers also seem to like the catfish.

“The prime rib sandwich is probably the biggest thing I sell,” Landsaw said. “It’s the real thing. And we make all of our soups every day. The food’s just a little bit better.”

Charlie’s Chicken was noted for its namesake, but also its side items.

“Charlie’s Chicken has the best mashed potatoes and gravy around,” said Kay Tidwell-Aguilar.

Sheilah Reese Czarniak embraces the boneless style of cooked poultry.

“[I like the] chicken chunks at Charlie’s Chicken,” she said.

Charlie’s Chicken General Manager Junior Sierra said the local restaurant has a mission to satisfy customer craving.

“We love our customers just as much as they love us,” he said. “We always strive for excellence in our chicken, and achieving customer satisfaction is what we’re try to get. We want them to feel at home.”

The three-chunk dinner is the top seller during lunch, Sierra said.

“We have other daily specials that we offer Sunday through Friday,” he said. “Every day’s special is different from the other. We offer a meatloaf that a lot of people come in just to try. We make it from scratch.”

Other local restaurants noted in the poll – in addition to those mentioned in Thursday’s Press – include Akropolis, Sam & Ella’s Chicken Palace, Mazzio’s, El Zarape, Hungry House Cafe, Boomarang Diner, Fino’s Mexican Restaurant, Chilango’s, East Buffet, Kelly’s Tea Room, Southside Drive-In, Katfish Kitchen, Morgan’s Bakery, Asian Star, Out West Cafe, Los Ranchos, Jose’s and El Molcajete.

“Akropolis! It’s so yummy and different,” said Courtney Faye Cochran of the new Greek restaurant. “And the people there are the best.”

Samantha Sanders Benn-Duke noted her menu choice when visiting the new Greek restaurant.

“The Athenian at Arkropolis,” she said, speaking of a “gyro.”

Alisha Carter Rice said the employees and food at the Hungry House Cafe are “beyond belief.”

“Amazing home-cooked food, and the staff is incredible,” she said. “They always meet you with a smile and are the friendliest bunch of people you will meet.”

Jamie Boley said the biggest chili-covered meal in town can be enjoyed at the Out West Cafe.


To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

Text Only
Local News
  • ts-marching-MAIN.jpg Marching in step

    Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band kicks off 2014 season with summer drills.

    The Tahlequah High School Orange Express Marching Band has added 30-35 freshmen to its roster this year, and drills began for the newest members last Thursday.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • studie-roberta.jpg Woman accused of stealing cash, taking it to casino

    A 35-year-old Tahlequah woman is free on bond after she allegedly took $1,200 from a man who had been jailed for old warrants.
    Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with Jason Jones last week after Jones was arrested by park rangers for the outstanding warrants. Jones said he came to Oklahoma to see family, and when he was arrested, he left his wallet and cash with one of his daughters.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Hepatitis.jpg Hepatitis vaccinations important today

    The phrase “back to school” may be disdained by kids for many reasons, including a trip to the doctor’s office to update immunizations.
    But hepatitis cases in Oklahoma provide a good example of why these vaccinations are important.
    “There was a time when Hepatitis A was just crazy in Oklahoma. The state was actually known for it,” said Becky Coffman, an epidemiologist with the Oklahoma Health Department’s Acute Disease Service.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • hood-raymond.jpg One man caught, another sought after foot chase

    Two people tried to escape sheriff’s deputies, and one was successful, after a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 62 last weekend.
    Deputy Bryan Qualls was on the highway when he noticed a red Chevrolet Avalanche matching the description of a truck that had been spotted at the scene of a recent burglary.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Detectives investigate deaths of two elderly residents

    Incident may be murder-suicide

    Tahlequah police detectives believe the deaths of two elderly Cherokee County residents are part of a murder-suicide that took place July 24-25.

    July 29, 2014

  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating