Comfort Food Finds in Oklahoma — On the Road with the Great Food Truck Race

Photo by: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Adam Murphy, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Oklahoma City was this past week's stop for the food truck teams on The Great Food Truck Race. On Day One, many teams thought a few menu tweaks might be a good idea to appeal to the locals, whereas other teams planned to simply keep cooking their signature dishes. But in the end it didn't matter, because Tyler Florence's Truck Stop challenge had all the teams cooking the same dish: the local specialty of fried onion burgers. Putting the teams on an even playing field really showed who would rise to the top. And in the end, two did just that, while one remained in the middle and two fell to the bottom.

Whether you're looking for the famous fried onion burger or for other comforting classics, Oklahoma has a wealth of eating options. Check out all that Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas in the state have to offer.

Nic's Grill — Oklahoma City

This neighborhood gem is cranking out comfort food specials, like pork chops on Tuesdays and meatloaf on Fridays. The 15-seat joint became a legend for its mouthwatering half-pound burgers served with an overflowing basket of french fries and a fork!

Leo's BBQ — Oklahoma City

According to Chef Charles Smith, the secret to his great tasting barbecue is love. Try the spare ribs dripping with the housemade BBQ sauce or the hot links. Save some room for dessert, too, because all dinners are served with a free piece of strawberry banana cake.

Cattlemen's Steakhouse — Oklahoma City

You know they're seriously cranking it out when every steak goes through a needling machine, guaranteeing it'll be tender. Get the "presidential choice" T-Bone Steak, named after President George H.W. Bush, who ordered it while visiting the steakhouse. Or try the popular Pepper Steak with peppercorn sauce.

Mama E's Wings & Waffles — Oklahoma City

Mama E's Wings & Waffles is known for some incredible and unforgettable soul food.

Ingrid's Kitchen — Oklahoma City

Called Oklahoma's best-kept secret, Ingrid's Kitchen is a go-to spot for authentic German cuisine. Try the Reuben sandwich and the bratwurst plate. But the real kicker? Ingrid bakes more than nine types of rye breads each day, with more than 150 varieties of baked goods served weekly.

Jamil's Steakhouse — Oklahoma City

This steakhouse's claim to fame is its bologna, and it's the kind grownups will like, smoked and served on a pretzel bun.

The Mule — Oklahoma City

The PB&J at The Mule grilled-cheese shop is nothing like the one you had as a kid: peanut butter, dark chocolate and raspberry preserves on white bread, grilled and served with salted-caramel ice cream.

Eischen's Bar — Okarche, Okla.

Eischen's Bar has been serving fried chicken the same way since the '60s. They go through 24,000 pieces of fried chicken a week, so you can image how popular it is.

Johnnie's Grill — El Reno, Okla.

During the Depression, thrifty Oklahomans stretched their meat by making half-beef, half-onion burgers. The tradition lives on at Johnnie's. Onions are pressed onto burgers and caramelize as they cook; the burgers are topped with mustard and a bun.

The Diner — Norman, Okla.

This chili and sandwich shop has been around for more than 100 years, and The Diner's famous for its two-time state of Oklahoma championship chili recipe. Try it in a classic bowl, in the chili dog dinner or in the chili burrito with ranchero sauce.

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