Update Jan 2023: They have reopened in Hydro, new address 104 E Main Street.
Update Sept 1st, 2021: Closed.
I love getting on the roads and small highways in Oklahoma. I love driving to small towns. I stop for a while, walk around, talk to people, learn about the town. A few weeks ago I took off, with no destination in mind, driving towards the southwest on two lane highways and I eventually ended in Hinton. I can talk more about the history of Hinton later but while I was there I tried a little restaurant on U.S. Highway 281. Wow- I was completely blown away by how good it was.
Gloria’s Kitchen sits on the north side of Hinton on U.S. Highway 281. A big barn like building, there is the restaurant on the front and an antique store on the back. I had originally just stopped at the store but you can easily go from the store to the restaurant through a doorway. Between the fact I could smell the food and saw a sign advertising bread pudding, decided it was time for lunch. I walked in towards the menu- burgers, steaks, even salads, but I wasn’t real hungry. At this point a nice gentleman came in next to me and told me to try a bacon cheeseburger. I replied that I wasn’t that hungry and I needed to save room for the bread pudding so I was going to get something small. He walked away before I ordered a patty melt. It wasn’t very busy so it didn’t take long for my meal to arrive. Remember I wasn’t very hungry, so imagine my shock when they place a huge patty melt with a mountain of fries next to it in front of me. I decided that maybe I was hungry after all and got to work. The patty melt was really good- served on texas toast, it was extra buttery, extra cheesy, just the right amount of onion to go with a hamburger patty seasoned to perfection. The pile of hand cut fries that came with it were just as good. About halfway through, the man I had talked to came back into the restaurant looked at me and said, “I thought you weren’t that hungry?” I had to reply that I didn’t expect there to be so much food. I was stuffed after eating this big meal but still made room for the bread pudding. The slice was good as well, the only downside was I felt it needed more sauce.
Overall it was a great visit to Gloria’s Kitchen. The staff was very nice and everyone I came in contact with was friendly. The food was great but I’m warning you, be prepared to eat or get a to go box. It is worth the time to get off I-40 and head about 3 miles south on U.S. Highway 281. I’m going to give it five strips of bacon.
Address: 1206 Broadway, Hinton, OK. Broadway and U.S. Highway 281 are the same through Hinton. Gloria’s Kitchen is north of downtown Hinton.