Monday, July 26, 2010

On Route 66... Ann's Chicken Fry

This used to be one of those incredible hole-in-the-wall places that only locals could identify for you. Now it's so flashy and perty that I can't imagine anyone could miss it - they even added a gift shop out back. But when I was little, it was a tiny, plain red brick diner, with no fancy murals, no pink cadillac, no gift shop - just dang good southern food and friendly people, and a waitress who saw me so often for so many years that she practically saw me grow up. Dad would tell me stories about when he was a kid, inspired from the memorabilia on the wall, and my folks would send me to play 50s music from the juke box (I always wanted to play "Snoopy and the Red Baron" and "Little Red Riding Hood"). Now I go in every few years to eat, and they still have freaking good chicken fry. Although it's a little strange, because I still expect it to be that cozy, plain red-brick diner I used to know, and the place has obviously grown since then.


  1. This is on 39th street, right? I recall passing by many times, but I never ate there. Not fond of chicken. :(

    Where did you go to HS, if you don't mind me asking?

  2. Oh my! It is "chicken fry" as in "chicken fried steak"... which is made with beef, not chicken! You need another excuse. Teehee.

    I went to Putnam City.

  3. Well, I don't like beef either. :)

    I went to PC West. But I lived closer to PC. Went to JR High at Mayfield. Could you show some pictures of that school? I wonder what it looks like now.

  4. Sure! I'll see if I can get that done and have it up for you on my next round of posts, in a week and a half or so.

  5. Cool! Thanks!!!

    My parents moved up to Edmond, so when I visit OKC I rarely get down that way anymore. I love seeing all your pictures though.