Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Kendall's Noble, Ok

      This is as simple and down home as it gets.  The heart of America serving the best of comfort food.  Kendall's is located in the small central Oklahoma town of Noble, about a stone's throw south of Norman, OK.  I must admit I had never dined there when we lived there, but it caught my eye on the Food Channel's Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives program.  As they describe it "We are a simple cash only restaurant adorned with sports and music memorabilia serving southern style fare".  This is your simple diner type establishment.   Popular?  This place is only open Wed-Sat and there is nearly always a line to get in.  Limited seating might require your arriving early.  The interior is adorned with various music memorabilia.
      The menu, although basic, offers nearly every 'down home comfort food' you can imagine.    Of course the Chicken Fried Steak is at the top of the menu, but they also offer 4 different catfish dishes as well as burritos, hamburger steak, chicken strips, burgers, roast beef, and shrimp.   What restaurant featured on the Food Channel would be complete without the featured 'CHALLENGE'.  Kendall's offers the "Chicken Fry Challenge" which once you peruse the ingredients would provide anyone quite the daunting task.
      Of course Barb and I had no such dietary aspirations so after studying this mouth watering menu Barb selected the 'lite' daily special meatloaf and after I queried the waitress about the sizes of the 'lite' and 'regular' chicken fried steak......I went with the regular. 
      Barb's meatloaf came with mashed taters, corn, and a homestyle biscuit.  She remarked that the meatloaf was decent, but the rest was very good.  She is, of course, partial to my ROTEL Meatloaf. 
      When my 'regular' chicken fried steak arrived all I could do (mouth agape) was exclaim....OMG!  This is a 24 ounce piece of tenderized beef steak breaded, fried, and covered with country gravy!  I was not expecting anything this size.  It comes with mashed taters, green beans and the homestyle biscuit.  The steak was delicious and tender, the breading light, airy, and did not overpower the meat.  It was all I could do just to finish the green beans and about half the steak.  Naturally there was a pretty big 'to go' box required to transport our leftovers. 
      Of course we were not expecting the coup de grace, their homemade cinnamon rolls for desert.  I really didn't have the room, but when I smelled it's warm aroma.......well, it was all over for me except licking the plate.  The manager is the maestro throughout the dining room orchestration and served us our desert, being sure to check on our satisfaction. 
      Our server Morgan was excellent.  The food came out within 10 minutes and she always checked back on us throughout.  I have to say this was the BEST CHICKEN FRIED STEAK I HAVE EVER EATEN!  I do have to wonder just how big the 'lite', large, and challenge steaks are?  If you're ever in this area and love a good country meal, this is the place.                      

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else" 
                                                                                Lawrence Block

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