Dining Out in Muskogee, OK
If you’re hankering for some home-baked, made-from-scratch goodness, look no further than these Muskogee restaurants and bakeries.
PHOTO CREDIT: Antony Boshier
If you’re hankering for some home-baked, made-from-scratch goodness, look no further than these Muskogee restaurants and bakeries, all of which make their dough by making dough – and in some cases, batter. Just one thing, though: There’s no carb counting allowed.
For moist, chewy cookies made from a secret family recipe, Harmony House on South Seventh Street delivers the goods. “Our most popular cookie is the Lemon Crinkle, and the second-most popular is the Chocolate Crinkle,” says owner Beth Stacey, who started the restaurant with her mother and late grandmother 17 years ago. “Every day, we bake six different kinds of cookies, all from family recipes. We also bake cinnamon rolls, about 15 different kinds of pies, the dinner rolls that we serve, and special-order birthday and wedding cakes.”
You can find the recipe for Harmony House’s decadent chocolate chip pie – a customer favorite – along with recipes for its soups, salads, sandwiches and popular lunch specials in the Harmony House cookbook Stacey sells at her restaurant.
But the cookies? Uh-uh. You’ll have to visit Harmony House to get some more of those.
Miss Addie’s Café & Pub
Miss Addie’s Café & Pub on West Broadway has a cookbook, too, and over the course of nearly 20 years in business, the restaurant’s customers have purchased 12,000 copies.
“The cookbook contains 300 recipes, and you can try every one of them at the restaurant – from salad dressings, entrées and casseroles to desserts,” says Toby Feickert, who owns Miss Addie’s with his wife, Bernadette.
In addition to its regular fare, Miss Addie’s has an extensive custom baking menu that includes pies, cakes, cheesecakes, fruit cobblers, cookies and a dozen different types of sweet breads, all baked on site from scratch.
“Our most popular dessert is our baked fudge, which is kind of creamy like fudge syrup on the bottom and regular fudge on top; it’s served with ice cream,” Feickert says. “Our most popular cakes are Hummingbird Cake – made with pineapple, banana, walnuts and pecans – and Italian Cream Cake – made with coconut and pecans. My personal favorite is our bread pudding with vanilla raisin sauce.”
Another local establishment gives its dough a twisted spin. Joe and Miriam Sommers fell in love with soft, fresh-baked pretzels when they lived in Philadelphia for a time. In fact, they loved them so much that when they moved back home to Muskogee, they started making their own. That was more than a decade ago, and since then, Twisted Joe’s hand-rolled soft pretzels have become a Muskogee staple.
Using recipes they created and perfected, the Sommers’ make the dough, roll the pretzels, and bake nine different varieties of their delicious treats.
“We have plain – with just butter and salt,” says Joe’s mother Barbara, who helps out at the store. “We also cut those up into nuggets and serve them with warm cheese, and we have sweet glazed nuggets and cinnamon-and-sugar nuggets. We do garlic pretzels and Parmesan pretzels; we roll hot dogs up in pretzel dough and bake them; we do little pretzel pizzas. And we make some with this sweet crunch topping made with pecans and brown sugar.”
Customers can find them all in Twisted Joe’s display window at the store in Arrowhead Mall. The establishment also has branched out to a second location in Oklahoma and another in Texas.
Over on Main Street, Johnny V’s Ristorante & Pizzeria makes its own garlic bread, rolls and pizza dough. The family-owned establishment prides itself on using the same recipes passed down for four generations, making very few changes over the years.
And you can find homemade breads, cheeses, fudge, pies, jams and jellies made by Amish artisans at the Amish Country Store and Fudge Factory on U.S. Highway 69 North.
Where To Go
Amish Country Store and Fudge Factory 2410 N. 32nd St. (918) 686-0038
Harmony House Lunch & Bakery 208 S. 7th St. (918) 687-8653
Johnny V’s Ristorante & Pizzeria 325 N. Main St. (918) 682-0900
Miss Addie’s Café & Pub 821 W. Broadway St. (918) 682-1506
Twisted Joe’s 501 N. Main St. (918) 687-5755
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