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Archive for December, 2021

Food Friday: Tower Cafe

When you think food in Okarche, your thoughts automatically go to the fabled Eischens Bar and their fried chicken. Yes, they do have good food but if you come into town on Highway 81 from the south, you travel right by the Tower Cafe. They do have some of the best cinnamon rolls in the state of Oklahoma, and that’s why most people stop, they do have a full menu as well. They have burgers, sandwiches, fried chicken, a full breakfast menu, and of course, chicken fried steak.

That’s what I enjoyed on my trip there a few weeks ago. The building has been rebricked in the past few years, but inside it still has that 70’s-80’s restaurant decor. On the Saturday afternoon that I visited, the place only had a few patrons, so I had my choice of tables. A wonderful teenager took my order, chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans along with a warm roll and for dessert a famous cinnamon roll. First up was a fresh small side salad, just enough to start with but not get too stuffed for the main course. Next up was the chicken fried steak, about an 8oz size, covered with cream gravy. The mashed potatoes were also covered in the same gravy and then a serving of green beans with some bacon. The chicken fried steak was a nice size with good flavor. The meat was tender and breading wasn’t too much to overpower the meat and was fried to a golden crisp. The mashed potatoes were good but didn’t quite have the texture of homemade. I felt that maybe they had been powdered at some point. The cream gravy was also good but not outstanding. I did enjoy the green beans with bacon, had a good flavor. The roll was warm and very good, especially after the butter melted. For dessert they brought out a fresh, warm cinnamon roll. I have always enjoyed their cinnamon rolls over the years but served up fresh and warm gave me a new appreciation for them. I do wish they had more icing, but that’s just me. It was warm and buttery with a subtle hint of cinnamon.

I know the Tower Cafe has been in it’s current location for many years. I can’t find much of a history of it but can find that it has been in existence since 1968. The service was great and even though a bit dated, the interior was clean and in good shape. I will give them 3 strips of bacon. It was good but I felt could have been better. I know they concentrate on the cinnamon rolls but they could improve the chicken fried steak and mashed potatoes. I will stop again to try some of their other menu selections.

Christmas Light Displays Around Oklahoma

Get out and enjoy some Christmas cheer. Here is a list of light displays around the state for everyone’s enjoyment.

Christmas Lights by City-

Ardmore- Festival of Lights, Ardmore Regional Park- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Bartlesville- Fantasy Land of Lights, Johnstone Park- Nov 20th– Dec 30th.

Bartlesville- Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve- Nov 26th– Dec 19th.

Broken Arrow- Rhema Christmas Lights, Rhema Park- Nov 24th– Jan 2nd.

Chickasha- Chickasha Festival of Light, Shannon Springs Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Edmond- Edmond’s Electric Luminance An Enchanted Stroll, Mitch Park- Nov 20th– Jan 2nd.

Enid- Christmas in the Park, Meadowlake Park – Nov 27th, Dec 4th, Dec 11th, and Dec 18th.

Elk City- Christmas in the Park, Ackley Park – Nov 26th– Dec 18th.

Fairland- Twin Bridges Park of Lights, Grand Lake State Park- Nov 25th– Dec 30th.

Ketchum- Winter Wonderland Christmas Light Tour, Grand Lake, Pine Lodge Resort- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Kingfisher- Kingfisher Winter Nights, Kingfisher Park- Nov 27th– Dec 26th.

Lawton- Holiday in the Park, Elmer Thomas Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

Midwest City- Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular, Joe B Barnes Regional Park- Dec 1st– Dec 25th.

Muskogee- Castle Christmas, The Castle- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Muskogee- Garden of Lights, Honor Heights Park- Nov 25th– Jan 1st.

Oklahoma City- Holiday in the Park, Frontier City – Nov 20th– Jan 3rd.

Oklahoma City- Union Station Illumination, Scissortail Park- Nov 26th– Jan 6th.

Oklahoma City- Safari Lights, Oklahoma City Zoo- Now until Jan 9th.

Purcell- Lights from the Heart, Purcell City Lake- Nov 25th– Dec 31st.

Ponca City- Festival of Angels, Several locations, pick up map at Pioneer Woman Statue- Nov 24th– Dec 30th.

Seminole- Snowman Wonderland, Magnolia Park- Nov 18th– Jan 3rd.

Tulsa- Garden of Lights, Tulsa Botanic Garden- Nov 26th– Jan 2nd.

Wister- Lights on the Island, Lake Wister State Park – Now- Dec 25th.

Woodward- Crystal Christmas, Crystal Beach Park- Nov 19th– Dec 31st.

Yukon- Christmas in the Park, Yukon City Park- Nov 20th– Dec 31st.

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