So when I started this blog and moved back to Oklahoma EVERYONE told me: “Go eat at Cheever’s. It’s great.” Joe Bob and I were in Oklahoma City the other night and were looking for some good food. Joe said, “Let’s just go to Hooters in Bricktown.” I literally was saying “what the f*$k” and quickly suggested a different non-chain, non-trashy girl filled eating venue. I thought back to all of your fine recommendations you have given me via comment, email, or on Twitter (follow me: @OkieFoodie) for restaurants that Joe Bob and I should try. Since we were a bit north of downtown, I decided it was as good a time as any to try out Cheever’s Café.
Now while I’m sure there are a million food blog reviews of this Oklahoma City favorite, I HAVE to write about this food. This is possibly one of the best meals I have had since moving back to Oklahoma. The atmosphere is great (it’s an old flower shop!) and the flavors are insanely interesting.
Joe and I got the Caesar salad to start out. I’m a Caesar salad kind of girl. I love the simplicity of it and the great flavor of Caesar dressing. Cheever’s Caesar (yay…it rhymes…kind of) is top of the line. The dressing is so punched with flavor, the cheese is very fresh, and I’m always a sucker for freshly ground pepper.
For our entrées, Joe got Cheever’s Chicken Fried Steak. I’m a huge fan of chicken fry’s. While living in DC, I had to go to IHOP to find a decent chicken fry (and that is even giving it a bit too much credit). I missed this southern comfort food. Cheever’s chicken fry is a step above the rest. What makes it so great, in my opinion, is their jalapeño gravy. I remember reading this on the menu and I was skeptical. But, the flavor is so interesting and just amazing. I’m a big fan of jalapeños, but mixed in with this gravy+fried beef= OH MY GOD AMAZING. The chicken fry itself was the perfect ratio of breading and beef, but with the jalapeño gravy on top, this was just to die for.
I got the Tequila-Lime Shrimp Linguine. This yummy pasta dish had an interesting smoked pork flavor, partly because of the bacon that was cooked into the pasta. I am of course always okay with bacon. It makes me happy. But mixed into pasta with fresh shrimp, corn, onions, and asparagus? Bacon=WIN.
Now Joe and I were stuffed beyond belief. I almost asked the staff at Cheever’s if I could just stay there for the night because I was so full I could not get up to leave, but I have heard great things about Cheever’s desserts. So I will have to head back to try these sometime soon. I’m definitely going to eat here again.