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Made in Oklahoma - Cheevers' Café

We visit Cheever's Café, a local eating place that puts a new twist on some traditional dinner favorites.
Made in Oklahoma - Cheevers' Café

Food from Cheevers' Café

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Show 1117: Made in Oklahoma - Cheevers' Cafe

Air date: April 24, 2011

 

Transcript

COURTENAY DEHOFF:  THIS OKLAHOMA RESTAURANT PUTS A TWIST ON SOME TRADITIONAL DINNER FAVORITES, WHILE USING MADE IN OKLAHOMA PRODUCTS.  ROB MCCLENDON TAKES US TO CHEEVERS CAFE IN OKLAHOMA CITY.

ROB MCCLENDON:  WITH THE SOUNDS OF STEAK SIZZLING IN THE KITCHEN AND MUSIC PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND, CHEEVERS’ RESTAURANT IS A PLACE OF GREAT FOOD AND EVEN BETTER ATMOSPHERE.

[SOUNDS IN RESTAURANT]

AND MANAGING THIS HISTORIC RESTAURANT IS ROBERT BLACK.

ROBERT BLACK:  KEITH AND HEATHER PAUL WERE, ARE THE ORIGINAL OWNERS; THEY BOUGHT THIS BUILDING ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO.  THEY STARTED CHEEVERS’ IN ITS CURRENT FORM AS A RESTAURANT; BUT BEFORE THAT, IT WAS A FLOWER SHOP FOR YEARS AND YEARS.  IN FACT, SINCE 1938 WHEN THE CHEEVERS’ FAMILY STARTED THEIR FLOWER SHOP BUSINESS HERE, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A FLOWER SHOP IN THE FRONT, AND IN THE BACK WAS ACTUALLY THEIR LIVING QUARTERS IN THIS VICTORIAN STYLE BUILDING; AND SO, A LOT OF HISTORY BEHIND THE BUILDING.  PEOPLE KNOW, HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN THIS AS A NEIGHBORHOOD PLACE WHETHER IT WAS A FLOWER SHOP OR A RESTAURANT.

ROB:  A NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO THAT’S CREATED QUITE THE FOLLOWING.

BLACK:  MOST OF OUR GUESTS OUR REGULARS; AND THEY COME THREE, FOUR, FIVE TIMES A WEEK.  IT’S JUST GOT THAT GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD FEEL.  EVERYTHING ABOUT IT’S GOT CHARACTER.  IT’S GOT A LOT OF LOCAL ART THAT WE SUPPORT WITH THE ARTS DISTRICT AREA; AND, THE FOOD STYLE IS COMFORTING, THAT’S THE WHOLE STICK BEHIND THE FOOD TOO.

ROB:  AND IT’S COMFORT FOOD THAT COMES TO YOUR TABLE WITH A LITTLE CHEEVERS’ SIGNATURE.  AWW, THANK YOU.

AND WHILE IT’S CERTAINLY EASY TO FIND SOMETHING ON THE MENU HERE THAT MOST EVERYONE WILL LIKE, CHEEVERS’ IS PROBABLY BEST KNOWN FOR THIS DISH, AND IT’S A CHICKEN-FRIED STEAK.  SOMETHING MOST ALL OKLAHOMANS ARE FAMILIAR WITH.  BUT, HERE AT CHEEVERS THEY DO SERVE IT WITH A TWIST LIKE EVERYTHING ON THEIR MENU, HERE IT COMES WITH JALAPENO GRAVY.

BLACK:  THE FOOD STYLE IS UNIQUE.  WE CALL IT CONTEMPORARY COMFORT FOOD.  AND I LIKE, I LIKE TO THINK THAT WE DRAW UPON DIFFERENT COMPONENTS OF THE SOUTH.  IN COMFORT STYLE FOOD, YOU KNOW, THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT PEOPLE TALK ABOUT WHEN THEY COME TO EAT AT CHEEVERS’ IS CHICKEN FRIED STEAK.

ROB:  PRETTY DARN GOOD.  AND THAT VERY QUALITY WAS ENOUGH FOR CUSTOMER, BOB THOMAS, TO MAKE CHEEVERS’ A PART OF HIS LIFE.

BOB THOMAS:  I LIKE IT A LOT. SO MUCH, I PROPOSED TO MY WIFE HERE, WE HAD OUR WEDDING RECEPTION HERE, AND I’M NOW PICKING UP FOOD TO TAKE HOME TO MY WIFE, NOW THAT WE’VE MOVED INTO DALLAS.

ROB:  AND AS A PROPONENT OF HOME-STYLE COOKING IT’S NO SURPRISE THAT CHEEVERS’ IS A BIG SUPPORTER OF LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCTS.

BLACK:  MADE IN OKLAHOMA COALITION IS A, IS A GROUP OF COMPANIES THAT HAVE BANDED TOGETHER TO HELP SUPPORT LOCAL OKLAHOMA PRODUCERS.  AND AS A RESTAURANT WE SUPPORT MANY OF THOSE COMPANIES; SOME OF WHICH, PROBABLY THE BIGGEST ONE IS PREMIUM NATURAL BEEF.  WE’VE SWITCHED ALL THE BEEF HERE AT CHEEVERS’ OVER TO PREMIUM NATURAL BEEF; SO, IF YOU COME IN AND YOU HAVE A STEAK OR IF YOU HAVE A SALAD WITH MEAT ON IT, OR IF YOU HAVE THE CHICKEN FRIED STEAK OR A HAMBURGER, YOU’RE EATING BEEF THAT WAS LOCALLY GROWN.  SO, IT’S REWARDING AND IT’S NICE TO KNOW THAT WE CAN SAY ALL OF OUR BEEF IS LOCALLY GROWN.

ROB:  SO NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHERE YOU’RE FROM, CHEEVERS’ REALLY OFFERS IT UP HOME-STYLE, AND HOMEGROWN.