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Best Local Cuisine in Oklahoma City

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Leo's BBQ is a favorite in Oklahoma City for authentic barbequed meats. Having been featured on The Food Network, the secret is out but the food is still just as good. Leo's hickory smokes all its meats to tender perfection and they have two different sauces to choose from, a sort of sweet Carolina-style sauce and a spicy bbq sauce. Leo's also has a basic selection of traditional bbq sides. Don't forget to save room for the surprise specialty- the cake!

This is one of the most trendy places to eat in the Nichols Hills area; so if you go at lunchtime, either get there early or expect to wait awhile. The ambiance in the restaurant is no-frills, nostalgia with hubcaps, 50's placards and Elvis memorabilia on the walls. Try the popular 'Smokestack', a monstrous sandwich of chopped beef, a hot link and coleslaw. The half-pound burgers are almost as popular as the barbecue of which there is a large selection, including ribs, brisket and more.

Billy Sims owns this renowned BBQ chain, lauding the retired sporting legend's lone passions - football and barbecue. With outlets across the country, the franchise boasts an extensive spread of succulent and sinful steak, sausage, ribs and brisket preparations, in addition to their signature sauces. The football-inspired menu features dishes The National Champ, The Half Back, The Full Back and so on, to best complement the delicious sides, chili and beverages available. The ambiance is relaxed and family-friendly, not to mention heavily influenced by the all American tailgate party vibe.

Absolutely the best chicken-fried steak you will ever taste can be found at a little out-of-the-way fast-food restaurant on 10th Street. They have other things on the menu, including fried chicken and burgers, but people go there for the chicken-fried steak. This restaurant has been under the same ownership since it opened in the late 1970s, and except for a new coat of paint now and then, it has not changed much. You will especially love the original wood paneling. You can get a sandwich with fries or a dinner, both with a drink, for less than $10.

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