We were blessed to spend the afternoon with Heartland friends, Joe & Ann M. today. They live on the northwest side of Oklahoma City in Piedmont and were kind enough to come to the RV park on base and pick us up and take us to lunch. We originally had plans to go to Toby Keith’s I Love this Bar & Grill but another Heartland friend, Ron P, suggested we got to Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Joe and Ann had been there and agreed it was a ‘not to miss place’.
Cattleman’s Steakhouse was opened in 1910 and is Oklahoma City’s oldest continuous operating restaurant. It’s located in the Stockyards City area of the city and has served cowboys, ranchers, cattle haulers and celebrities like John Wayne, Reba McEntire, George Bush Sr., Gene Autry and Ronald Reagan. Joe and Ann told us that when Charles Barkley was in town he was looking for a good steak and Cattleman’s was recommended. He couldn’t get away to visit the restaurant so Cattleman’s delivered to him!
I ordered a ribeye while Michael ordered the filet mignon. Each entrée is served with a salad and baked potato. The salad came with the house dressing which we were highly encouraged to try…which we did….and were glad we did. The potato was nice and fluffy. The steaks were cooked perfectly (medium rare for me, medium well for Michael) and seasoned absolutely perfectly as well. Probably one of the best steaks I’ve had in a very long time.
While the meal was wonderful our visit with Joe and Ann was even better. The conversation flowed so smoothly as we exchanged stories about our lives. Joe is retired military and he also retired from USAA so we had lots in common to discuss. We ended up chatting at the restaurant for nearly 3 hours before we figured we better head on out.
On the drive back to the base Joe drove us by the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial and the Land Run Monument, both of which are on our agenda. It was a nice little tease that helped pique our curiosity. Not sure if we’ll go back tomorrow or Sunday….but one either/or, for sure.
After arriving back at the RV park we chatted outside in the front yard for another 30 minutes or so before we said our goodbyes and shared hugs. I have to mention that while we were outside the loudspeaker started playing ‘Retreat’ signifying the end of the duty day. When ‘Retreat’ plays everyone is supposed to come to attention or pause to respect the lowering of the flag. It always warms my heart to see our military come to attention and salute the flag (or the direction it is in). So it warmed my heart to see both Michael and Joe stop and salute the flag that they both served to protect.