People sometimes ask if there’s a particular kind of story that viewers enjoy the most on “Discover Oklahoma”? With very few exceptions, the answer lies in restaurant stories. Over the years, we’ve had wonderful feedback on all the types of stories we do, from fishing, to physical activity stories like ziplining, to specific museum exhibits, but restaurant stories. are still listed as their favorites.
Unsurprisingly, the “Discover Oklahoma Dining Guide” has always been very popular over the years. And I’m happy to let everyone know that the new guide is now available. As always, it’s free, and I’ll reveal how you can get yours in a moment.
The new guide features 381 restaurant destinations unique to Oklahoma, many of which were featured in “Discover Oklahoma.” These restaurants range from diners and cafes to fine and elegant dining. But let’s take a different angle on the guide shall we? In this issue, you will find several places where you can get tasty desserts.
I remember a headline in a magazine article many years ago that said “The Power of the Pastry Chef”. I had never thought of it that way. But anyone who makes desserts has power in my book! And as someone who loves dessert, I’m very happy to tell you about some of the lists you’ll find in the guide.
On the cover is a place called Mad Eats in Owasso, which puts a new spin on old favorites. I mean, who doesn’t love the outlandish, gigantic milkshakes served up there? Mad Eats is a vibrant, whimsical, family-friendly restaurant with a creative twist on comfort food.
One of the other listings in the guide is Amber’s Sweet Shoppe in Ada. When it comes to having a sweet tooth, I promise that all your teeth will be filled with sweetness just by stepping into the shop! The giant cupcakes, cookies and pastries are very well presented when you walk in, and I remember when I filled the cases on my first trip there is love in the sweetest details. I’m a huge fan of their cookies in particular.
A crowd pleaser in Bethany is Not Cho Cheesecake. When it comes to cheesecake, pretty much more than any other dessert, that first bite is incredibly important, savored for a moment to capture the flavor details, as well as the texture. They have several flavors to choose from, with a personal favorite called Breakfast in Bed – French toast cheesecake topped with bacon and maple syrup.
A few of the guide’s other dessert lists are Caked Up in Durant and Saint Amon Baking Co. in Tulsa. To order your free “Discover Oklahoma Dining Guide”, go to travelok.com and click on “Free Brochures”. Find the guide, fill in the shipping information and once ordered, your guide should arrive in the mail! You can also pick up a free guide at various travel information centers across the state. I say, continue the “sweet” revolution by searching for delicious desserts across the state.
Dino Lalli is the co-host and one of the reporters for the weekly “Discover Oklahoma” television show.